Eastman Mandolins are specced with a 1-3/32” nut width. Interestingly, they tend to have wider string spacing than most mandolins. I attribute this to more care when cutting the string grooved in the nut. Eastman seems to make the best use of the available width. For this reason, an Eastman mandolin feels less cramped than most mandolins with a 1-1/8” nut.
Eastman Mandolins use good quality bone for the nut material. Bone is widely considered to be the best material for fretted instruments (bowed instruments tend to use ebony). Bone provides the best compromise between tone and durability. Harder substances will lend a brighter tone or more harsh tone to the strings when played open.
Eastman mandolins that we sell, are setup right here in our shop. We set the height of each individual string in relation to the first fret to get the lowest possible action while maintaining clean tone. The string height at the nut is radiused to follow the curvature of the frets.
I think that about covers it!
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