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 Alex on 7th Oct 2015
I picked up my first Eastwood purely on speculation after reading reviews and watching the few demo video's out there. As they are not stocked by any of my local guitar stores I couldn't play one before making a 3 hour drive to pick mine up, and after having it for 5 days now, the question must be asked, why are they not being stocked by my local guitar stores?
The Sidejack DLX, while clearly wearing it's design reference proudly on it's sleeve, is a guitar that sounds and feels unlike anything I have played before. Before I get into really breaking things down I have to say, I've never been a guitarist who expects things to be perfect straight out of the box, even if I were to spend $2500 or more on a guitar, Im sure I would find something that I would want to change almost straight away. The Sidejack is no exception and for the purpose of this review, it might pay to keep that in mind.
Purely Cosmetic 3.5/5- Well let's be honest, it's probably one of the things that attracted me to the guitar in the first place, so I was hoping it would live up to it's looks online, irl. Almost, so so close! If it weren't for a finger print clearly visible between coats of clear on the headstock, a small amount of black overspray on the edge of the headstock, and one screw not being aligned properly on the trem plate I would have given it a 5/5. I picked up the Sparkle Blue model, and what I love about the finish is that it's a nicely understated sparkle, just enough to reflect light in all the right places to highlight the contours of the body, without being all - hey look at me SPARKLES! It's also somewhat lighter in tone than I was expecting, which is neither a plus or minus, just is what it is. Binding looks great, and well I can't really fault anything else cosmetically. I will say that the fret board looked desert dry, and the frets were almost black and green, but the guitar passed it's inspection in 2014, and has been sitting in a box until now (Oct 2015) so that's something I can make a concession for.
Functionality & Playability 4/5 - Like I said previously, I rarely pick a guitar off the shelf and find it is exactly what I want, and as just mentioned, this has been sitting in a box for about a year! So after a quick noodle to get a feel for the factory setup and a search for any issues with dead zones on the fretboard (there were a few) it was off with the light strings and onto making some adjustments. The frets as I said were pretty tarnished so it did take a while to polish them up, and I had noticed that there were some frets that choked the high E from 9th fret and again on 13th. I quickly found after restringing with my preferred gauge that, while the truss rod is totally functional, the neck might maybe have some inherent issues on the treble side. There is a noticeable difference in tension and relief from the bass to treble sides on the neck, while the bass side reacts well, there is very little adjustment to be seen from 7th fret and up towards the body on the treble side. I'm still getting a small amount of buzz, no longer choking notes, and if it continues to bug me, I might just step down the frets from 12th onwards (my action is actually set a little higher than I would normally have it, and I really can't take it much higher without causing huge intonation issues).
(Functionality & Playability cont...) For those out there who haven't had a chance to play one of these before buying, I'll offer this up - The fretboard has a very flat radius compared to many other popular brands, and the neck is not as thin as other reviews had made it out to be. It's not huge by any means, but I can't tell a massively noticeable difference between it, and other guitars I own that start with the letter F, and have a profile of 'modern C'.
Really nice choice going with the roller saddles, they work hand in hand with the vibrato tail in perfect unison. I've actually not had a guitar maintain it's tuning so well with the amount of punishment I tend to give the vibrato. Seating the arm into the vibrato unit takes a little getting used to as it doesn't screw in, you just have to work it to get it to sit right, no big deal. Volume and Tone both roll nicely, I've not taken the guitar apart yet to look at the capacitors used but, that's because I don't actually feel like I need to. The P90's are a nicely balanced set, and if you read enough reviews on these guitars you will undoubtably read they can be a little noisy. Yeah, but, meh... No louder than anything else I've owned standard single coil or P90 wise, and they do sound really nice. A lot warmer than I expected and so far seem to suit a wide range of styles, however slightly unexpectedly, my Sidejack has been getting a lot of jazz playing time so far. Very mellow in tone, with only the slightest hint of harsh top end on the bridge position. Speaking of positions - I am all but certain I will move the pickup toggle, it is for me, literally right where my strums end up, causing me to change pickups by accident. perhaps it's a good spot, but a slider selector jmaster style might be an idea?
Sorry, I went on for a while, and could have kept going. Bottom line is - I do like this guitar, more than I thought I would, it has a great look at a great price, it's versatile and with a bit of time spent, easily a very playable guitar that quality wise I think should be said sits high compared to other guitars being offered around it's price range. If not right up the top.
Posted by Larry Niven on 24th Sep 2015
I have been a big fan of the Ventures and the Ramones for years. When a opportunity arose to buy the Eastwood Sidejack DLX, I lept at it. The guitar is modeled on the old Ventures Mosrite. However the quality is much better. Not to mention the sunburst color is cool to look at and attracts a lot of attention.
Posted by Ian on 24th Sep 2015
Just bought one & have fallen in love with it. Like it better than my fender tele or mim strat. Also have a yamaha rbx200 and a 1980's style gibson 335. This thing out rocks and out plays them all. The P90 PU's are amazing. Best machine in the box for the price.
Posted by Brian Ruiz on 24th Sep 2015
I have an earlier version of this model and cannot say enough about the P-90 pickups. Recently had it in to my luthier and he was impressed also. Fiynd it in a shop in Kansas City, played it and couldn't quit. Quality is good, I just need a case! Keep up the good work!
Posted by Roger Rioux on 24th Sep 2015
Fast shipping and delivery. Beautiful Mosrite replica guitar model. Slim neck and very low action makes more interesting playing Ventures music. Hardware is of good quality and the P90's produce an amazing sound. A small problem with the black product applied on the guitar neck but it will probably resolve itself over time. Overall, very satisfied with the guitar and intend to purchase other Eastwood instruments in the futur.
Posted by Aron Scott/Dr. Tiki on 24th Sep 2015
Just got a purple and gold sidejack and I love it! First off, this is one sexy guitar, the purple is so dark that (at least inside) it looks almost black then the light hits it and it turns into a brilliant flash of a deep purple. The gold fleck pickguard is totally cool and retro, its flashy but not so much that it detracts from the asthetics and the gold hardware is absolutely beautiful. Very well done. I had it in my tattoo shop and every customer who saw it made a point of saying how stunning the guitar was. Total koolsville. I plugged in to a little line 6 combo to play around and it sounded really good from the get-go. The first thing I played was a half hour surf extravaganza (much to the dismay of my employees - too bad, squares) which it nailed right out of the box. I love the P90s for surf as they are nice and snappy, but a little dirtier and ballsier than typical strat of tele singles. I got into
some different tones then some zz top stuff , cream, hendrix, james gang etc and it handled them all beautifully. The major component to this guitars tone (and feel) is it genuinely looks and feels and sounds like a 1960's guitar. Amazing job on getting all the nuances of a vintage axe. Of course, every player will want to tweak the setup to his/her own liking but this guitar is very playable and nice right out of the box. Great, great guitar and super affordable. Yay Eastwood! All in all this sweet axe is the livin end!
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