Eastman Romeo review

A smart semi-hollow drawing on Eastman's archtop heritage - it could well be love at first sight for the Romeo...

Eastman Romeo electric guitar
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A contemporary electric archtop that will make you weak at the knees, Eastman's Romeo has the tones and feel of a keeper.


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    Excellent design.

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    Quality build and setup.

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    Pickup voicings are spot on.

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    The feel is right; the price is right.


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    Some mismatched hardware.

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    No left-handed option.

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Increasingly, Eastman guitars are becoming the alternative choice to many longer-standing USA companies. The brand builds its guitars in Beijing, China, but uses a considerable number of consultants in Europe and America to design and constantly evolve its ranges. 

A recent tie-up with Dana Bourgeois, for example, promises a great deal for its acoustic programme. Eclectic maker Claudio Pagelli has his own Eastman-made design, while archtop maker Otto D’Ambrosio not only has his own El Rey signature models but heads up Eastman’s USA design and custom shop in California. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.