Eastman SB55DC/v review

Offering raw but refined power, the Eastman SB55DC/v provides a classical finish to a solid rock 'n' roll machine

Eastman SB55DC/v
(Image: © Eastman)

Guitar World Verdict

The Eastman SB55DC/v is a stunning example of a premium spec’d Junior model that exceeds all expectations in vintage mojo and robust tone.


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    Immaculate and tactile finish.

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    The Lollar P-90 is truly stellar.

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    Exceptional playability.

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    Great tones.


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Eastman might not be as “on your radar” as other well-known instrument manufacturers, but as players in the loop seeking timeless models are well aware, the company has been making some of the finest handcrafted guitars for almost two decades. 

What’s significant is the company’s deep-rooted expertise in building world-class violins using centuries-old German luthiery methods, and some of that artistry at work is outwardly evident by Eastman’s superb ageing and good old-fashioned hand-varnishing that has trickled down to their Antique Varnish Series of electrics. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.