Eastwood Airline Town & Country Deluxe review

  • £399
  • $1199

This vintage remake aims to bring out your inner Raconteur

Image 1 of 2 Airline Town Country Deluxe
The Town & Country is a bit style over substance – those knobs are really inconveniently placed, for example
Image 2 of 2 Airline Town Country Deluxe
Three humbuckers, seven knobs and a Bigsby – the Airline oozes retro cool

Our Verdict

An undiluted slice of rock and roll cool. It might not be for everyone, but its looks will be enough to win it many fans.

For

  • Ace looks. Twangs beautifully.

Against

  • Clumsy knobs.
Buying options

Canadian company Eastwood produces a range of replicas and reissues of 50s and 60s pawnshop prizes.

Take a look on the website and you'll see such cheesy six-string genius as the Wandre Deluxe, the Hi-Flyer and the Ichiban. We love these guys!

Jack White in the video for The Raconteur's Steady As She Goes.

Thanks to Jack's patronage the original guitars are now worth a small fortune, so Eastwood's reissue is our only chance of flying on this particular Airline.

Hands on

The Elephant Man would look like a rock star with this guitar round his neck.

The three-pickup layout, licensed Bigsby vibrato and abundance of control knobs on the Airline help this guitar look the absolute business.

The only thing we weren't blown away by was the position of all those knobs.

They get in the way a bit, although we did get used to them after a while.

Plugged in this guitar will 'do' metal, but it's best suited to scuzzy old rock sounds and 50s twang.

The playability won't please shredders, but it's fine for strummers, surf punks and power chord fiends.

Summary

We'd be happy to fly this Airline again. We didn't get any complimentary nuts, but we did get a kick out of thinking we were as cool as Jack White.

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Tech Specs

Available Controls3 x Volume Controls Master Volume Tone for Each Pickup
Available FinishVintage cream and redburst
Bolt-on NeckYes
BridgeTune-o-matic
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Guitar Body MaterialMahogany
Neck MaterialMaple
No. of Frets20
Pickup Configuration3 x Humbucker
Pickup TypeAlnico Hot-10
Scale Length (Inches)25.5
TremoloYes
Tremolo DetailsLicensed Bigsby vibrato