Eastman MD515-CS

Eastman MD515-CS

Sitka Spruce & Maple
1-1/8" Nut

Regular price $999 + Free Shipping Sale

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The MD515-CS is identical to the MD515 except for the "Classic Sunburst" finish.

About the 500 Series

Eastman's 500 Series are the next step up from their popular 300 Series. Available in the F-style MD515 and the A-style MD505, these mandolins have the same great build quality and tone as the 300s with a few notable upgrades:

  • Full gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Bound fingerboard
  • Cast, nickel-plated tailpiece
  • Back and sides with more flame and figure
  • Hard case

Like most other Eastman mandolins, the MD515 and MD505 have a Sitka spruce top, maple back and sides, and ebony fingerboard and bridge. All tone woods are hand carved to ensure a consistently light, open build with great tone.

 Craftsmanship

Eastman's build quality and attention to detail are excellent, especially compared to similarly priced mandolins.

By using high quality materials and employing a level of hand craftsmanship not normally found on mandolins in this price range, Eastman consistently produces instruments that sound amazing and are a pleasure to play.

Tone

Eastman mandolins have a big, woody tone with lots of volume and projection. 

Many beginner and mid-level mandolins are heavy and overbuilt with thick, plasticky finishes. This makes for a cheaper instrument but tends to result in a thin, tinny sound with little character or resonance.

In contrast, Eastman's 500 Series mandolins have a light, open build and thin nitrocellulose finish. These qualities, combined with the hand-carved woods and skilled craftsmanship, give Eastman instruments a warm, gutsy tone that you can feel as well as hear.

Playability

A radiused ebony fingerboard and careful fretwork make for a mandolin that has better playability than anything else we've seen at this price point.

The out-of-the-box setup is excellent, but we're always happy to adjust the mandolin to your preferences.

F-Style or A-Style?

F-style mandolins are more popular with country and bluegrass players, while A-style mandolins are preferred for Celtic and classical music.

A-style mandolin are less expensive than equivilant F-style mandolins because they require significantly less labor to build.  

Tonally, we don't think there's a big difference between the two body styles. The points and scrollwork of an F-style mandolin are mostly solid wood and (in our opinion) have little to no effect on sound.

Body SizeF-Style
Top WoodSitka Spruce
Back & SidesMaple
FingerboardEbony
Nut Width1-1/8" (Standard)
String Spacing1-9/16"
StringsCleartone Phosphor Bronze Medium (11 - 40)
CaseHardshell Case
Body A-Style
Top Carved Solid Sitka Spruce
Back/Sides Carved Solid Maple
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Ebony w/ Radius
Bridge Ebony
Nut Width 1-3/32"
Nut Material Bone
Scale Length 13-7/8"
String Spacing 1-9/16"
Body Dimensions 26-11/16" x 10" x 1-7/8"
Finish High Gloss Lacquer
Headstock Overlay Ebony
Binding Body, Neck
Binding Material Ivoroid
Logo Inlay Material Wood
Neck Inlay Style Dot
Neck Inlay Material Pearl
Tailpiece Cast w/ Chrome Finish
Tuners Chrome
Strings Cleartone Phosphor Bronze Medium (11 - 40)
Case Hardshell Vinyl Case