The Airline line of guitars was originally marketed between 1958 and 1968 by VALCO, and they were sold exclusively through Montgomery Ward stores. The guitars have been used by such players as David Bowie and guitarists for the White Stripes and Calexico. However, they were somewhat difficult to find, so Eastwood purchased the brand and released a new line of Airline guitars to fill the need. The Airline 3P DLX was released in 2005 as a custom shop model. There were very few of these guitars made, so they’re something of a collector’s item.
The 3P DLX is made from mahogany and features a bolted on bound maple neck. The fingerboard is from rosewood and has block markers. Eastwood used three Alnico Hot-10 humbuckers and a five way adjustable Roller Bridge with a BIGSBY licensed tremolo. The hardware is all Vintage Kluson style nickel and chrome. The guitar has three tone, three volume, and one master volume controls plus a five way switch. Some of the special features on the 3P DLX include its tortoiseshell pickguard and its NOS Valco 62 knobs.
The Airline 3P DLX generally retails for between $900 and $1029, which includes a hard shell case and an Eastwood t-shirt. The guitar comes in a number of different colors, including red, sunburst, and vintage cream.
For more information check out the Eastwood website: http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/