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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!
The Airline Town & Country Deluxe is a replica of the vintage guitar played by Jack White in the video for The Raconteurs’ 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. Yeah, cheers dude…
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 powerchord fiends. 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.
Pros: Ace looks, twangs beautifully.
Cons: Clumsy knobs.