Eastman Mandolins are made in China. Beijing, to be more specific. What sets Eastman Mandolins apart from many others is that Eastman handcrafts these mandolins in their own shop and the makers have proven quite skilled.
Eastman was founded in 1992 and began as a violin company. This experience translated directly to the mandolins as much of the hand carving and graduating uses the same techniques.
In the USA Eastman has risen to top of the import models and is regularly recommended by experienced players.
Most Chinese made mandolins are made at third party factories. While these are not always bad instruments, they simply do not stack up to Eastman Mandolin quality.
Folkmusician is one of the top Eastman Mandolin dealers in the world. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Eastman made a sunburst 804 in the past. Currently, there are no A-Style Oval Holes past the 604. The 604 is available in Sunburst.
Does eastman make an 804 sunburst mandolin.
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March 27, 2018
Eastman is open to doing limited customization of the mandolin. If it is an option that is already available on a different model, that should be doable. Keep in mind, that this is not something Eastman is setup for and they are only doing it as a favor. Now for the bad news… We have done custom ordered Eastman’s in the past. The average wait time is about 12 months. There would be no updates during that time, so we would have no idea where it stood in the process. For this reason, we typically don’t take custom orders. Customers tend to get upset when they do not have any for of ETA or update until the mandolin arrives.