ProGuitarShop

Airline Releases Black Keys Inspired Guitars

December 28, 2013

Eastwood Guitars, keeper of the Airline Guitars flame, has announced that they’ll be releasing two new guitars influenced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. It’s about time—Auerbach has been a hot commodity in the guitar world lately, writing catchy riff after catchy riff. These semi-hollow beauties pay tribute to the 60s era Harmony guitars favored by Auerbach and are sure to get you a deliciously dirty tone. Eastwood’s full press release is below.

 

Eastwood press release:

"We are excited to announce the arrival of two new Airline models from Eastwood Guitars. Their new tribute to the 1960's Harmony H78 - popularized by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys - takes flight this month as the Airline H77 (trapeze tail) and H78 (with Bigsby).
Deluxe archtop hardshell case INCLUDED.

 

"This tribute to the 1960's Airline H77/78 - which at the time was also available under the brands of Harmony and Silvertone - covers all the best parts of the originals, but kicks it up a notch for 2014. True in almost every detail to the original, upgraded features include the new Gold Foil Argyle pickups, a modern roller bridge for tuning stability, a center block for Bigsby stability and feedback suppression."

For more information, go to Eastwood's website.

 

Comments

  1. Abbacus says:

    Just can’t understand why anyone would want to “keep the Airline Guitar flame alive.”  Airline guitars were some of the crappyist guitars ever built. More kids were given them for Christmas and birthdays, bought out of the Wards catalogue by parents who knew no better, and then, unable to stay in tune or intonate, these same kids were discouraged from ever going on to actually learn to play. Maybe that was the idea but Airline Guitars were the garbage of the 60’s and 70’s.

    posted on December 29, 2013 at 11:54 am
  2. Judson says:

    @Abbacus : Because they look awesome.  Also, because not every model that was put out by Airline/Silvertone/Danelectro/Harmony were bad.  Jimmy Page, Jack White and many others wouldn’t have bothered RECORDING and performing live with them.  I have an original Harmony Rocket from 1960 and it’s one of my favourite guitars.  I have Gibsons and Fenders as well, but the Harmony is perfect for certain music and I wouldn’t get rid of it.

    posted on December 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm
  3. Larry Stevens says:

    Judson, Judson, Judson…
    Airlines are all terrible and you know it! You owned a purple Mascis, man! You know what a good guitar sounds like, how it plays. You recognize quality, dudeman.

    It’s no wonder that Jack White records and tours with his vintage P.O.S.s. He thinks he’s edgy and cool and unique. His junk guitars facilitate his weawwy cwappy pwaying, as well as his “oddball” persona that he tries as hard to cultivate as his “I just don’t care” poser hair.

    And Jimmy Page…don’t get me started.

    posted on January 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm
  4. Ian Mitchell says:

    Having played a few of the original Danelectro and Valco guitars, I can report that, as musician’s tools, they’re pretty crappy. They are full of little imperfections (faulty switches, bad tuners), odd design choices (little Teisco models that feel like they’re sized for grade-schoolers) and outright gimmick/wingdings (how many switches can you fit on a guitar.) there are many other guitars that I would choose over these garage-salers if my concern were purely about fine workmanship.

    Having said that….
    I think we’re forgetting about an important element of the electric guitar: sass. Rock and roll has always been equal parts technique and attitude, and if there is one thing that these guitars have in spades, it’s attitude. There’s a sort of underdog glory that accompanies strapping on a battered Kay with a funky tie-dye paintjob and far too many pickups and slaying an audience anyway; it’s this kind of scrappiness that gave birth to rock in the first place. Given the choice between polish and badassery, i’ll take the badassery every time, thank you very much!

    Now here’s the kicker: Eastwood pops up saying that it can resurrect these dysfunctional gems as living, breathing, honest-to-god legitimate instruments? With truss rods and everything? Make no mistake- I love my strat to death and it will be with me til I die- but after seeing the major manufacturers turn out legions of the same models, when I see a dude with a Map guitar on, I take notice. If I can have a guitar that I can rely on to work every night AND catches the public’s eye- something that, as a performer and entertainer, is the ultimate goal- I will take it!

    That’s the Airline flame, and it should be kept alive because the more guitars there are in the world that have both specs and spunk, the better.

    posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:49 am
  5. joson says:

    I enjoyed reading you post. Usually writing skills is attained via practice: e. I am sharing it with my other friends on social networking sites, as the information is really very useful. Keep sharing your excellent work.Burberry Replica

    posted on January 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm
  6. Bradlee TheDawg says:

    I’m surprised you guys didn’t get banned - being critical of something PGS sells on their forum.  They highly discourage ANY critical comments about ANYTHING they do or sell .

    posted on January 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm
  7. Joe P says:

    Ian Mitchell nailed it. Quit whining and rock on.

    posted on January 5, 2014 at 12:39 am
  8. Cliff K says:

    “If I can have a guitar that I can rely on to work every night AND catches the public’s eye- something that, as a performer and entertainer, is the ultimate goal- I will take it!

    That’s the Airline flame, and it should be kept alive because the more guitars there are in the world that have both specs and spunk, the better.”


    But will the perception of sass, of attitude, of flame associated with these models be able to weather their reintroduction?

    I’m also somewhat opposed to a company capitalizing on the now prized “obscurity” of these guitars, thought it’s not surprising.

    posted on January 5, 2014 at 2:15 am
  9. dan says:

    I am in awe.  how can this guitar snobs diss eastwood , when some of them own crappy Gibsons with headstocks that have the tendency to break.

    you idiots don’t get it.  eastwood recreates old models but most of the flaws of the originals are gone. instead of fiber glass ,chamber mahogany is used.  my brother owns one because he wanted to replace an original.  eastwood s version while far from perfect , was much better than the average guitar on its price range and capable of cool vintage tones.

    posted on January 6, 2014 at 1:41 am
  10. Jaybals says:

    These look pretty damn sweet!

    I have a Hutchins Regal, which has a very similar look to it. Any word on what those ‘Gold Foil Argyle’ pickups are line? Standard mini ‘buckers? Or single coils?
    I am looking to get some new pickups myself, and really dig this guitar.

    posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:41 am
  11. michael kors handbags says:

    This would just be your average runway review of the handbags from Michael Kors Spring 2011 , but then I noticed something interesting - one track Kors bags ’ is already available for pre-order on Saks.com . Much has been made of designers offering their runway items to order via their own channels following presentations, but as far as I remember , this is the quickest I have seen a brand go from runway to mass retailer with relatively little fanfare - it enough to make you wonder if this is the new normal .
    For the collection , much of it is classic Kors, although the presentation is from a small scale and modest in scale - big (and I mean huge ) and the coast . All designs have been given approval to a new streamlined design fashion accessories , and many bags can be used by both men and women . As promised , what appears to be a smaller version of the collection ‘s Santorini raffia totes are now available for pre-order through Saks for $ 495 with delivery expected by the end of this year.
    We have spent Christian Louboutin online  a lot of time in the past few weeks searching high and low for the best handbags and accessories to give and receive , and therefore , we can say with confidence that you will hardly find a selection of accessories better gift then a at Nordstrom . No matter your budget or intended recipient, much beloved retailer has your gift list covered . Cute iPhone case for your daughter , a sophisticated handbag for your sister , no trendy headphones to help yourself escape the madness of the holiday season - it’s all here .
    With all that in mind, we have partnered with our friends at Nordstrom to share some gift ideas handbags -centric our favorites with you . Between $ 42 to $ 550 , this gift will delight their owners end up without completely depleting your bank balance . With that in mind , we suggest you take a few ( or , at least , see the full selection via Nordstrom ) .
    As we are all aware ( and at times , too aware ) , designer handbags , by their very nature , expensive . Often prohibitively so . As we think it’s often worth it to save a few pennies and splurge on a $ 2,000 bag that you want , sometimes it’s just not in the cards, no matter how much you limit your out -of - the- house activities and how closely you follow our 18 Steps Easy GIF . Or maybe you’re not sold on the $ 2,000 handbag as a concept a bit further and just prefer to keep your expenses in a more comfortable environment . Either way , we’ve got your back .
    As we do every season , we have raised what we think is the best handbags in the world under $ 600 . Every season , which gets more difficult to do - the michael kors handbags  price of a bag of contemporary inching up just like all the others, but we persevered . ‘Tis our duty. Check out our selection below , consisting of a strong favorite for the brand new design, and remember that ShopBop , one of our favorite sources for bags in this price range , offering 25% off almost any purchase with code INTHEFAMILY25 through tomorrow , October 17.
    We know you ‘re all waiting with baited breath for the first big sale of the season to launch and signal the start of the sales season , and here it is : Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is on, and in it you will find a ton of handbags. In particular , fans of Marc Jacobs , Reed Krakoff , Alexander Wang and Marni will be happy - including the sales load covetable bag from the brand , plus contemporary stalwarts like Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade . As we have done , we’ve sorted through the sales and pick our favorites , which you’ll find after the jump . It will not hurt our feelings if you skip straight to shopping through Nordstrom , though.
    Happy May! We had a couple of days , but so far in May has got off to a great Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo . And for all the little girls birthday , you are a beautiful emerald birthstone and the color looks amazing on a handbag. The green color is a little deeper , a green purse to add your wardrobe because it works well for those who wear brown and black and all in between .

    posted on January 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm
  12. Joshj says:

    Larry Stevens is a douche. Its funny how people think they can judge famous guitarists. obviously Jack White has something good or else we all wouldnt know his name. You know whose a nobody? This jerkoff named Larry Stevens.And Jimmy Page? well, your a dumbass, thats all I have to say about that. OH, And that hes awsome!! Dick….......

    posted on January 10, 2014 at 1:12 am
  13. Bernie says:

    Oh Abbacus like some of the Gibsons and Fenders that were turned out in the late sixties and through the seventies were the height of quality.Plus I doubt PGS is forcing you to buy one! Hey if you love playing you’ll endure the crappy instruments while you’re learning and as you progress the tools you use will improve also. I had a Harmony Rocket and a Kalamazoo SG copy as I was learning and boy I wish I still had those today! So I say bring ‘em on Eastwood and thanks PGS.

    posted on January 12, 2014 at 6:22 am
  14. Keith says:

    I don’t know, but I have heard as many great guitar players with crappy instruments as I have heard crappy guitarists with great instruments.  It’s the carpenter, not the hammer.

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:31 am
  15. simoncroft says:

    Does no-one moderate these posts? Everyone’s entitled to their opinion about a guitar but who visiting this page gives a s**t about a handbag? Michael Kors handbags http://www.michaelkorsoutletest.com/ should stick to marketing they’re prepared to pay for!

    As for recreating old guitar designs that were cool in some ways but flawed in others, I’d say this: the Eastwood press release makes it clear that it has addressed the main problem areas with the originals. Whether that makes the new guitars ‘better’, ‘worse’ or just ‘different’ is for each player to decide.

    All it takes to make an informed decision is to walk into a store and play one. Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t.

    posted on January 14, 2014 at 11:00 am
  16. Steve Leek says:

    I bought one! I wanted a “new” Harmony H77, but this guitar misses the vibe and the substance of the original. That’s not all bad. The originals had interesting but weak pickups. The new Airline is loud, sizzling, and, if you back off the volumn, articulate pickups. Also gone is the quirky taper-less neck and narrow string spacing. Still, if you love old Harmony products and thought you were getting the real deal, you’ll be sorry. The old Harmony is a true hollow body, is light weight, and has a soft warm tone which is just fine for low volumn jazz work. Boosted by a good amp, they howl and feedback and sound raunchy as hell. Not everyone who pays 175$ for a vintage DeArmond pickup is crazy. I have an original Silvertone 1454 version of the H77. I’m keeping it. You would understand this if you had one.

    posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm
  17. lonto says:

    wonderful instrument, I love music, your article is very good, wish you would have stayed next share.
    http://www.loola2.com

    posted on March 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm
  18. eavedrop44 says:

    Thats all I are able to say. You most absolutely have built this blog website into something speciel. You clearly know what you are working on, youve insured so many corners.SEO Liverpool

    posted on April 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Leave a Comment

  • Please enter the word you see in the image below:


  • Notify me of follow-up comments?