Eastman AR503CE

This Eastman AR503CE was bought second hand in a train station. The owner agreed to travel from Maastricht to meet me closer to my home. The guitar has a live spruce top, Seymour Duncan humbucker and sounds very nicely with flatwound strings.

Some things needed fixing. The rosewood bridge saddle had multiple string grooves but they were not aligned well with the neck. Also the floating bridge was misaligned. First I located the proper position for the bridge and fixed it with doublesided scotch tape. I then sanded the saddle grooves down, put new Thomastik Infeld 0.011″ gauge strings on and aligned them properly, and new grooves were created. It sounds great and the bridge can be sanded lower eventually, although for a jazzbox the action is typically medium-high for best tone.