Hipsters, Jack White devotees and fans of unusual guitars will love this: Eastwood Custom Shop is embarking on a project to build replicas of the garage rocker’s rare, 1960s-era Crestwood Astral II.
The vintage semi-hollow was White’s main axe before he came to be associated with the Valco Airline. You’ll hear it on The White Stripes’ earlier singles, such as “Screwdriver” and “Let’s Build a Home” from the band’s self-titled 1999 debut album and sophomore effort De Stijl, respectively. It’s an eccentric, ES-335-shaped model with a trem that the geeks will lap up.
While Eastwood hasn’t dropped all the details of the replica, we do have a few specs. The ‘tribute’ guitar has a laminated maple body, bolt-on maple neck, a Tune-o-matic bridge, and a vintage-style, ‘Bigsby-ish’ tremolo. A pair of Eastwood’s RTG single-coils—they’re known for their surf-y tones—powers the Astral II.
Besides the obligatory red/white colorway, the Eastwood Astral II comes in a handsome sunburst finish. And good news for lefties: There’s a left-handed model, too.
The Eastwood Crestwood Astral II lists for $599, and will ship in November. For more information, check out eastwoodcustoms.com.