Eastman E20OOSS/v and E20SS/v review

Two models that hark back to the glory days of acoustic guitar making – but there’s a very subtle twist to the tale...

Eastman E20SS/V and E20OOSS
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Guitar World Verdict

Both instruments have got what it takes in spades – the looks, the sound, the playability. And you can’t ask for much more than that.


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    Superb looks and convincingly vintage feel.

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    The E20OOSS/v will handle any number of styles.

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    E20SS/v is a beast of an instrument.

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    ... And it has just about everything you need in a punchy, toneful dread.


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    Under-saddle pickups being ruled out might deter some.

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    The relicing might not suit everyone.

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Eastman has a long-standing reputation for high-quality guitars – both electric and acoustic – that nod towards established big-name designs. But at the same time, the company isn’t afraid to make a bold move here and there and come up with a model that is totally its own. 

Take our recent looks at the Romeo semi-acoustic models, for instance: an excellent mix ’n’ match of the familiar with some flourishes that are all Eastman’s own. And, let it be said, we’ve been nothing short of delighted by every one of this company’s guitars we’ve looked at in recent years.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.