30 years of Eastman: revisiting the golden age of handcrafted guitar making

(Image credit: Eastman Musical Instrument Company)

The history of the Eastman Musical Instrument Company is like condensing the 300-year evolution of stringed instrument design into only 30 years with a focus on the greatest achievements and breakthroughs. 

Founder Qian Ni started Eastman in 1992 with the goal of building high-quality yet affordable violins, violas, cellos and string basses using traditional craftsmanship and techniques. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.