The East is where Cardinal started. Its design stemming from early 20th-century stringed instrument shapes that work seamlessly as modern electric guitars. With those curvilinear forms looking fresh and relevant in their new application. What’s old is new again. Easts started out using local woods,custom wound pickups, custom hardware, and built one at a time.

Now over a decade later, the East has been refined and elevated into the guitar it is today. While it still offers those early attributes, the model now focuses on a few core woods, pickups, and hardware pieces. Air-dried mahogany or pecan bodies, mahogany neck, Indian rosewood fretboard, Cardinal humbuckers, hardtail or tremolo, copper top, and a 22-fret neck are now the focus of the East. I couldn’t be happier.

Specs include, but are not limited to:

  • Solid mahogany or pecan body with patinated copper veneer
  • Mahogany neck (C-shape, 0.84” – 0.90”)
  • Indian rosewood or pau ferro fretboard with small dot inlays
  • Hardtail 6-saddle bridge (Cardinal or Hipshot) or Wilkinson/Gotoh VS100N tremolo
  • Locking Hipshot tuners
  • Cardinal Hb humbuckers
  • Cardinal hardware
  • Volume, tone, and 3-way toggle
  • 22 Jescar jumbo frets
  • 25-½” scale length
  • Radius = 12”
  • 1.70” nut width
  • Graph Tech or bone nut
  • Burnished, oil based violin varnish finish
  • Hardshell case

To see various available Cardinal East series guitars click here