Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PREVIEW: Eastwood Messenger

Being a fan of the White Stripes, The Ramones and the Cure’s weird guitar shapes I did some digging and found Eastwood Guitars. They specialize on killer reproductions of these retro instruments, the Airline being their flagship model (made popular by David Bowie and Jack White). After playing an Eastwood guitar in Chicago several years ago I have been hooked by their great feel, look and cost. Now Eastwood expands their line by introducing the Messenger.

What has become a rare and collectable American Made guitar, the 1967 Messenger is best known as the guitar of choice by Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) in the early 1970’s. Eastwood's tribute captures the seductive look of the original distinctive cat’s eye f-holes and unusual neck joint.

Finishes: Transparent Greenburst and Cherry.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Messenger is American ...but isn't Eastwood Canadian?

May 21, 2008 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger GearTrap said...

Here's a little more info on Messenger guitars- The guitars were actually manufactured in Astoria, Oregon between 1967 and 1968. The label inside the soundhole of the guitar says Musicraft, San Francisco. Apparently this company provided financial backing. In addition to the model with built-in fuzz called a "Tone Messer" Messenger produced a stereo guitar and a short-scale bass which used the same aluminum alloy neck as the guitars. The neck extends through the guitar body and splits into a tuning fork which supposedly resonates at a particular frequency which is probably A-440. All models are hollow-bodies without the need for cutaways because of the metal neck through-the-body design. Messenger also built a line of large amplifiers designed to make use of the capabilities of the stereo guitar. The guitars when new were priced at $335.

May 21, 2008 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger GearTrap said...

To clarify, Eastwood IS a Canadian based company. Messenger is American...

May 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM  

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