Eastman E10P Parlor Acoustic Guitar Review

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Previously, I was reviewing travel and parlor sized guitars in a lower to moderate budget range.
 
I was considering reviews mostly for the budget-conscious people looking for a great value at a great price.
 
In doing so, I overlooked some more costly gems, and have since found this incredible little parlor guitar by Eastman for someone who wants a travel size guitar or parlor guitar and is unwilling to sacrifice quality and playability.
 
This review is more for the person who want excellence in a parlor guitar or travel guitar, and is willing to pay a pretty penny for it (a little over a grand)
 
If you are looking for a professional and quality build parlor or travel guitar, and you can afford a little over $1,000, look no further.
 

Eastman E10P Parlor Acoustic Guitar Body & Neck

 
eastman-e10p-parlor-acoustic-guitar-front-head-neckJust a quick look at the body, tonewoods and neck of this fine instrument, it is clear that you are dealing with a high quality instrument. 
 
Though it is small in size, Eastman has certainly not skimped on quality materials and craftsmanship.
 
The Specifics:

This parlor sized, six-string is built with a solid Adirondack spruce top as well as solid mahogany tonewood for the back and sides (body).
 
The neck is also made from high quality, solid and durable mahogany, as well as a top quality ebony fingerboard, which is preferred among professionals for very low fret noise and the smoothest of feel and performance.  
 
Other companies boast about ebony fingerboards, but not all in the lower price brackets go through the same quality controls as Eastman does.  
 
Summary of Design Specs 

The Eastman E10P Parlor Acoustic Guitar features the following:
 
-  A 24.9 inch scale length (within 1/2 inch of standard) 
-  19 fulls size frets / standard nickel-silver fret wires
-  Beautifully classic MOP (mother of pearl) dot inlays
-  Incredible robust projection voice and a warm & balanced Tone
-  Solid Adirondack Spruce Top
-  Solid Mahogany Back & Sides
-  Black composite body binding for crisp look and durability
-  Quality ebony fretboard
-  Hand-carved Scalloped X bracing 
-  ebony pyramid bridge
-  Double adjustable truss rod
(this is a big plus for fine tuning the back bend on the neck and "set" of the strings)
-  Dovetail neck joint (professionally hand-set)
-  Unique slotted head-stock  featuring a beautiful hand-carved diamond volute (back of neck)
-  Very popular among fingerstyle players and slide guitar (think Eric Clapton, blues, acoustic jazz)
- Tuners are beautiful Gotoh, vintage style chrome - high quality tuners to keep strings in perfect tune over different playing conditions
-  Comes with Martin medium SP Phosphor Bronze .012"-.054" strings
-  Natural finish with a quality hardshell case
-  And an Eastman Limited Lifetime Warranty
 
eastman-guitar-E10P-flattop-back-mahoganyThe Dimensions are as follows
Body: 13 3/4" X 4 1/8"
Nut: 1 13/16"- made from bone
Scale Length: 24.9" 
Bridge & Saddle:  Ebony Bridge & Bone Saddle & 2 11/32" Spacing
 

A VERY VERSATILE INSTRUMENT INDEED!

 
To play this guitar is a strummer or finger-picker's delight for sure!
 
It is easy to hold for the smaller framed individual, yet can impress average or larger sized players, even with bigger hands.  The neck and fretboard are 1/2 inch below dreadnought standard length, so this plays like a real gem for just about any size player or style preference.
 
Although parlor guitars are historically known for their design and playing in the blue genre, this instrument if far more versatile than the parlor and arch top guitars of old.
 
It does not matter whether you are playing jazz, blues, folk, or acoustic rock, this guitar is an incredibly well-built quality instrument.  
 
You can attack the strings with a flat pick without sound distortion or string buzz, you can finger pick it and get great, crisp, bell-like tonal qualities, or anywhere in between.   You can be confident that the sound of this mini-mighty guitar will punch through in just about any setting (except heavy metal, of course ;-)
 
This instrument is incredibly responsive for the parlor size body, because of superior craftsmanship and top quality tonewoods.
 

In summary. . .

 
Powerful yet poetically resonant for softer styles
Punchy to cut through in a group yet melodically sweet and resonant for soft ballads
Extremely easy to play, feel and hold for a variety of player sizes and styles
Finely crafted with no flaws and no neck or fret buzz or noise
Projects the tones and overtones of the Spruce top and Mahogany tonewoods beautifully
Value that is difficult to find in other top name brands of mass produced guitars
Although it will cost around $1,000 to invest in one of these versatile beauties, this parlor-sized guitar will serve the more distinguished player looking for a quality travel, parlor, blues or small student guitar without sacrificing on any aspect of quality, craftsmanship or sound.
 
Is it worth the price tag? 

Most definitely!  I have reviewed many top named guitars in the $1,000 to $1,200 range, and many, unfortunately, are built on a quality level of those 1/3 the price.  You will not be disappointed if you are seeking a parlor, blues, travel or student guitar and can afford to pay for an instrument that you can play for a lifetime!
 
 
Please share this review if you found it helpful, and please leave a comment below if you have had any experience with this guitar!
 
To read other reviews I wrote on the best travel guitars, click here.
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