The 1967 Domino Californian Rebel was designed and targeted to the 60's surf scene and are now extremely rare. It was hybrid of the VOX Phantom, the EKO Violin and the Mosrite (note the small dot markers). The chambered body makes for a lightweight design with a nice German carve on the top and a smooth tremolo system with roller bridge. Each pickup has a rhythm/solo switch. The fast playing maple neck retains the unique headstock of the original. Surfs up!
Posted by hippiekarl on 19th Feb 2015
On top of this guitar's immense cosmetic appeal(!), it sports a very fast, comfortable neck and a fingerboard you can use all the way up, due to the nature of the neck-body joint. It sounds fine, too---a little on the jangly side, but there's a lot of useful range on the tone knob (something I rarely find in guitars!). The 'period piece' pickups sound like those lipstick-tube pickups in Danelectro Longhorns; with the tone rolled back about halfway the neck p/u has Tele-tone, the 'both' position sounds Strat-ish, and the bridge is pure twang. The two little on-on switches ("rhythm/solo" for either pickup), while--I assume--historically-accurate to the original, are a disappointment: with either one engaged, you get the exact sound of the tone knob at zero. This happens with the pickup selector at 'both' even if only one pickup's 'filter' is engaged. I couldn't imagine myself playing 'rhythm' on anything that would call for that 'full-treble-removal' sound(!). So, there's that. I'm going to try rewiring one of them to put the 2 pickups in or out of phase when both are in use, and see if that makes the other 'tone-cut' at all useful. If not, I'll just ignore it: this guitar sounds sufficiently cool with 3 distinct voices without using the cut-switches at all. The Jaguar-style vibrato on mine was locked tight as a hardtail when I got it. If I really yanked on it in either direction, it would ~creak~ and go up (or down) a bit......and *stay there*. I contacted Eastwood, and was told which plate-screw adjusted the vibrato tension. I loosened mine, and it 'relaxed' somewhat, but still creaks. When I change strings I'll look under the pickguard, and apply some kind of lubricant.....
The only other thing you might want to have around is a #2 Phillips screwdriver that has a 90deg offset on one end, so you'll be able to reach the adjustment-screws on the roller-bridge when you fine-tune your intonation. I managed it with a straight one and a pair of needle-nose pliers to hold the little hex nut on the other end, but it was tedious.
Finally, this guitar will slide off your leg if you play sitting down without a strap: the body's lower contour is that of a Flying V, but without a V's rubber no-skid strip.
All in all, this is about the coolest retro guitar imaginable. I wouldn't want this for my 'only' guitar, but mine's already become one of three I use on stage during a show. If I get the vibrato loosened up I won't even need my Strat any more; that's how this unique guitar sounds and plays.
Posted by paul on 5th Jul 2014
So light-weight & balanced, it almost plays itself. Huge tonal range, great cleans and screams with a little overdrive. I LOVE this guotarand I have many good ones.
Posted by Joe on 1st Apr 2014
Am easy playing guitar capable of great surf sounds. Only problem is that I can't get the tremolo bar to stay in. (reply from Eastwood: The trem arm is press fit. Give it a good shove (more than you think) and it will seat into the tremolo system)