SOLD Arriving Jan 2022 Eastman 2021 FV AR680CE rare Mahogany back Vignola Archtop Gypsy style Jazz Guitar w case


Eastman Guitars

Guitar Type

Archtop Electric, Archtop Hollow Body

Lower Bout Width


Body Depth


Nut Width


Fingerboard Scale

25 3/8

Pickup Type


Wood Composition

Carved Solid


Mahogany, Spruce





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We strive to price our instruments as competitively as possible in order to give our customers the best possible value for their dollar. And as a guitarist myself I would never sell an instrument that didn’t live up to my own high standards and expectations.

All of our instruments are thoroughly inspected, tested, professionally set up, and carefully packed for shipment. And all instruments are sold with our 72 hour satisfaction guarantee.

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Since our inventory changes so frequently it’s best to call us to find all of your available options. With over 500 archtops in stock you can be assured that we have unbelievable guitars to fit any budget.

SKU: EASTMAN-FV AR680CE #0105 Frank Vignola. Categories: , , , , , .

FRANK VIGNOLA VP680  Selmer style Cutaway Archtop Guitar hand crafted with a solid carved Spruce top and solid carved Mahogany back and sides and original case.

Product Description

SOLD – But more will arrive January 2022.THE FV68O  IS ONE OF EASTMANS BEST JAZZ GUITARS!  This one with the  Mahogany back and sides will become very rare, since the majority of the new ones will be made with maple back and sides with a new retail of $4650. This archtop features an Ebony fingerboard – 1.8″ at nut, 2.13″ at 12th fret, 25 3/8” scale, 15” fully carved, accurately graduated aged spruce top with custom f holes, beautifully carved solid MAHOGANY back and sides. Three piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, Rosewood tailpiece, pickguard and gypsy style slot head headstock front and back.

This is A SIGNATURE  model in the flagship of the Eastman archtops designed by a professional playerFrank Vignola featuring: Custom Headstock , tailpiece, knobs and custom pickguard – in line tuners. Built-in, specially designed Kent Armstrong floating mini humbucking 6 sting pickup. Side mounted jack 20 fret, 25″ scale neck 1.8  neck width at nut. This  guitar was played by some of the top jazz guitarists in the world and all gave it thumbs up! It is in as near mint  condition . It comes professionally set up with the action set between 3/64th and 4/64th inches at the 12th fret on the high E string and approximately 4/64ths on the low E string and plays effortlessly. ars. The ebony fretboard is seamlessly finished at the edges. . Responsive and gutsy are attributes combined masterfully in this fine instrument, which allow this instrument to be played with a full attach with a pick, or gently with the finger tips. This is one of Eastmans best guitars that can do it all!

Body Dimensions 16´´ X 2 3/4´´
Cutaway Venetian
Top Wood Solid Hand Carved Spruce
Back/Sides Wood Hand Carved Mahogany
Body Binding 5-ply figured maple
Neck Woods Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Nut Width 1 3/4´´
Scale Length 25´´
Frets 22 Nickel – Silver
Pickguard Rosewood
Inlays None
Pick-up Mounted Kent Armstrong (Custom)
Controls Volume & Tone
Bridge Rosewood compensated, 2 3/32´´ Spacing
Tailpiece Rosewood w/ Inlay Trapeze-style
Tuners Schallers w/ ebony buttons
Strings D´Addario EJ21 .012-.052 Roundwound
Available Finishes Classic
Case Hardshell Included

About Eastman

In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a different approach was needed.


Mr. Ni hired a group of established master violinmakers, and with their help, he established a large master violin workshop devoted to the handcrafting of instruments—one of the first the world had known since the first half of the 20th century. In the short time since this workshop was founded, the reputation of Eastman Strings’ instruments for tonal quality and craftsmanship excellence has become a worldwide standard.

After establishing the instrument making workshop, Qian Ni went on to found a bow making workshop based on the same principals. In both workshops, master makers train and oversee talented woodworkers to create some of the world’s finest student, step-up, and professional instruments and bows.

Today, the instrument and bow making workshops of Eastman Strings operate in precisely the same manner as late 19th century European workshops. They have virtually no power tools aside from the band saws used to cut out the necks and the outlines of the tops and backs of instruments. Chisels, knives, gouges, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary tools used to create these modern instruments and bows, using methods centuries old. Thanks to Eastman Strings, string players today have advantages unknown to earlier generations: quality instruments, bows, and cases available world-wide at affordable prices.


Eastman Strings had been accepted as high quality handcrafted instruments, so Mr. Ni identified the need for hand crafted arch top guitars at an affordable price. Following the same good practices established by the violin shop, a studied approach was applied to the arch top guitar. Numerous vintage models were studied and the first guitars were built by the most gifted staff of the shop.

The results exceeded expectations and became an immediate hit among players of all levels. Rapidly Eastman was established as an extremely high quality- high value, affordable arch top guitar manufacturer. It was only logical that Eastman continued to branch out into the mandolin family of instruments, various electric guitars and flat top acoustic guitars. All products have been highly regarded by players and used everywhere from homes to major concert stages internationally.


The story of Eastman does not stop with stringed instruments. In addition to fine violins, stringed instruments, guitars and mandolins, Eastman has become a major name in the band instrument business. Eastman builds woodwind and brass instruments and has continued the tradition of high quality at a low cost.

Most recently, Eastman became the owner of Haynes flutes, one of the most regarded brands ever and continues to operate that company in the tradition of Haynes. In the future you can be sure that Eastman will continue its fine tradition of craftsmanship and exceptional value in every Eastman instrument produced.

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