The SIDEJACK series are based on the 1960’s MOSRITE. Mosrite guitars were made in USA and began gaining in popularity in the early 1960’s with the help of The Ventures. Its distinctive shape features a reversed-Stratocaster look. The Sidejack is available in three different models.
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Posted by tommy sargent on 29th Sep 2015
I'm a lefty who has played against his wiring for decades and two years ago bought an Ichiban LH from a private seller.
Upon discovering that playing to my wiring allowed me to sing along better and avoid insurmountable plateaus, I researched the brand and, now, two years later, bought the Sidejack direct, and I'm in love. The scale length and nut width suit my hands better than most standards, and it's a growly tummy tickling thing to play.
The quality of this guitar is amazing--Eastwood/Airline products are an incredible value. I now have two, and I've got my eye on the Airline Mandola LH because I've played RH guitar, mandolin, and banjo in the past but never got where I wanted to go, and I'm not there yet again but will be soon thanks to quality LH instruments at a totally reasonable price.
Posted by Garruchal on 29th Sep 2015
I chose this guitar over other baritones because of how it sounded on videos and the fact that it has a 28" scale length rather than 30", which I find a bit loose in the low end. I could not find one to try, however, so I took a chance based on reviews and recordings. I am completely satisfied with the instrument. It played well straight out of the box, looks amazing, and sounds even better than I had hoped.
Last night at a band practice, I passed the guitar around for the other two guitarists to try, and they were delighted. It has exactly the deep bite and twang we were looking for in our 60's Surf pieces and spy-movie soundtrack covers. We could also use it to great effect in our musica exotica repetoire.
Technically, the guitar is well constructed, well balanced and a pleasure to play. The action is pretty low, the tuners are solid, and the Jazzmaster-type trem works perfectly. It stays in tune remarkably well.
If there are any aspects I could fault on the guitar, I could cite that the low B string buzzes a bit and the trem-bar clicks slightly in its socket. However, all three of us in my band think that the low B on any baritone is bound to buzz some and the only trem-bar I have ever used which does not have some play is that of a new Bigsby.
When I ordered the guitar, I was hoping to have it for the following weekend to use in a gig, although I thought this would be wishful thinking. I inquired about the company's shipping policy, and got responses directly from the president who was very responsive. The guitar arrived before I thought it could, and we gigged with it the next day.
Terrific service, a good setup at the factory and a very beautiful, very playable, and great sounding guitar make this the best guitar purchase I have ever made.
Posted by Don Myers on 29th Sep 2015
There were a few little flaws, but, fortunately, I have some background in guitar repair and setup, so these weren't major. The guitar arrived with SERIOUSLY high action, and with the bridge pickup nearly falling out! The latter just required tightening a couple of screws. The setup required bridge and truss rod adjustment, and tapping in a couple of high frets. With this all done, the Sidejack baritone sounds and plays as beautiful as it looks. Finish is flawless; the P-90 style pickups are perfect for this instrument. Oddly, in this day and age, the pickups don't appear to be RWRP in relation to each other, though, in my music room, noise doesn't appear to be significant. Volume and tone controls are very nicely voiced.
With the setup done, this is a great instrument that belies its modest price. I look forward to having it for a long time! The setup issues were not a problem for me, but may have been for any player who is NOT also a tech.
I still expect to buy other Eastwood instruments (I also have a Mandocaster).
Posted by Don on 29th Sep 2015
I was very excited about receiving my new Eastwood Sidejack Baritone DLX.
First the good ... Good fit and finish, neck felt good, great heavy sound and obviously a great value.
Now the bad ... The whammy bar kept falling out (note from Eastwood: not installed properly, email Eastwood for installation instructions. Sorry, this should have been included with the guitar), intonation and action off a bit.
And the ugly ... out of the box the B string buzzed so bad I had to stop playing. But hat's OK. I'm such a sucker for cheap guitars that I've learned to do a lot of my own work.
All in all I'm satisfied with this purchase and I'm looking at the Eastwood/Airline poster included in the hardcase trying to choose my next one!
Posted by M Girard on 29th Sep 2015
Just received it yesterday; haven't totally put it through the paces, but plays almost flawlessly. Intonation was pretty spot on especially considering the shipping and erratic Northeast US weather. I noticed a lot of other reviews mention issues with the bridge, mine was great. I happen to like the tension higher than it was set, but that was an easy adjustment with a screwdriver.
There was a little paint-chip on the neck; not really noticeable and doesn't impact playing.
Posted by Ben on 29th Sep 2015
I really enjoy playing this instrument! It arrived well set up out of the box, the intonation was almost perfect, just a touch too low for my taste, but that was easily fixable. The sound this thing gets is incredible. The bridge pickup cuts through a dense mix well and helps sit on top of a bass if you are playing with one. The neck pickup is my favorite, it has great thick bottom end but really rounds out nice on the high end as well. Mixed together, you get a really nice tone across the spectrum. Now, they can be a little noisy, but that is somewhat expected out of single coils. It has got me thinking about swapping them out for something quieter however. Overall I am very happy with this purchase.
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