Eastman T59/v Classic Electric Guitar Review | ES-335

Eastman T59/v Classic Electric Guitar Review

We are checking out the Eastman T59/v Classic electric guitar in today’s review.  The Eastman T59/v is designed as a classic ES335-type guitar that is loaded with some great-sounding pickups.  I had a chance to shoot a video review of the Eastman T59/v recently and this review will elaborate on the things you need to know about it.  This review is not sponsored, nor did I get to keep the guitar.

Eastman T59v Electric Guitar Review
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The pickups in the Eastman T59/v are Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbuckers.  These humbucker pickups handle anything from clean to higher-gain tones.

The beauty of the Eastman T59/v is the block running down the center.  Unlike an Epiphone Casino, the Eastman’s block allows for far more usable higher gain tones or louder volumes before feedback.


Unlike a lot of companies making guitars in Asia, this Eastman model is hand produced. After having this guitar in my hand I can tell you that it’s easily one of the nicest 335 guitars I have ever played.  The attention to detail, finish, action, and sound quality are all excellent.

While the T59/v will cost more than an Epiphone, but not quite as much as a Gibson.  Some would argue Eastman guitars have far better quality control than most mainstream brands on the market.  After having played a selection of their guitars recently, they are every bit as good as far more expensive options.

Eastman T59v Electric Guitar Binding & Finish
Eastman T59v Electric Guitar Binding & Finish

Eastman vs Gibson

These handmade Eastman guitars are not cheap knock-offs.  They are beautifully hand-made guitars that play every bit as well as they look.  I am sure some people might choose to pay the difference and go for a Gibson, which is fair enough.

For players who are looking for something outside of the “Authentic” brand, give Eastman a shot.  The resale value of the Eastman brand is better than ever due to Eastman’s ability to produce a quality electric guitar.

Eastman T59/v Classic Video Review

Here is my full video review of the Eastman T59/v played at Jerry’s Lefty Guitars in the United States.  This video showcases the clean, blues, and overdrive tones the T59/v is capable of.

Eastman T59/v Bigsby

It appears the current lineup of Eastman T59/v guitars does not come with a Bigsby. Your best bet is to find the T486 that can come pre-loaded with a Bigsby.  There was a limited run of T59/v a few years ago with a Bigsby preinstalled, but it is not the case in 2022.

What is so special about Eastman guitars?

As mentioned earlier, this Eastman guitar is handmade.  Sure it’s made in China, but it’s not like your high-volume and low-quality guitar churn-out factories.  Eastman guitars are stunning.  The feel of them plays every bit as well as some custom shop guitars.

The Pearl Split Block inlays are unique and beautiful, and the guitar comes loaded with high-quality Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker pickups. If you’re a serious guitarist looking for an extremely playable and beautiful guitar, check out the Eastman T59/v.

Eastman T59v Electric Guitar Fretboard Inlays

Eastman T59v Electric Guitar Fretboard Inlays

Eastman T59/v Specifications

Below is a list of the 2022 Eastman T59/v electric guitar specifications.

  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius:12″
  • Neck Profile: Traditional Even “C”
  • Nut: Bone 1 3/4″
  • 1st Fret String Height:.022″
  • 12th Freight String Height:Bass .078″ & Treble .062″
  • Fretwire:22 Medium Jumbo Jescar 47104
  • Scale Length:24.75″
  • Body Style:16″ Thinline
  • Body Dimensions:16″ x 1 3/4″
  • Body Top: Deluxe Flamed Maple Laminate
  • Body Back/Sides: Deluxe Flamed Maple Laminate
  • Truss Rod: Single Acting
  • Binding: Headstock, Neck, Body,
  • Binding Material: Ivoroid
  • Logo: Pearl Headstock
  • Inlay: Pearl Split Blocks
  • Finish: Antique Varnish
  • Hardware Color: Aged Nickel
  • Tailpiece: Gotoh Relic Series GE101A
  • Bridge: Gotoh Relic Series GE103B-T
  • Tuners: Gotoh Relic Series SD90
  • Knobs: Speed Knobs
  • Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker
  • Pickup Height:3/32″ bass side, 3/32″ Treble Side
  • Pickup Frame: Black Plastic
  • Switch:3 Way Switch
  • Capacitors:0.022?F
  • Potentiometers:500K AudioTaper
  • Output Jack: Switchcraft
  • Strings:D’Addario NYXL .010 – .046
  • Case: Hardshell Case


T59/v Color Options


If it wasn’t clear enough, I love this guitar. While I don’t often play ES-335-style guitars anymore, this was a pleasure to play, and the tones and build quality speak for themselves. The only downside to the Eastman T59/v is that it might be out of some people’s price point.  Furthermore, the build quality is far superior to even my previously owned Tokai 145L which is made in Japan.  If you’re looking for a handmade guitar that ticks a lot of the boxes, give this one a look.