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July 2, 2014 | Eastman/Giacomel DG1 mandolin

In November of 2008, we had the privilege of auditioning an Eastman/Giacomel DG1 Mandolin, a project closely captained by world renown mandolin pioneer David Grisman. A far, far cry from the Lloyd Loar Florentine tobacco-burst template, the DG1 was a horse of a completely different color, from its cutting edge Cubist outline to its resounding aural sweetness.

New release: DG1 with Case

Street priced in the low $3K's (we've seen used ones around $2K), the model offers much a better opportunity at acquisition than the $12K original Italian model. Eastman's reputation for affordability has been taken into a new level of quality, having captured the hearts (and fingers) of many enthusiastic but budget-minded hobbyists and professionals.

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Posted by Ted at July 2, 2014 4:13 PM


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