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.
Posted by Topher Boyd on 29th Dec 2014
I bought a b-stock version, written up as minor wear on back. I was pleasantly surprised to find the "wear" on this guitar was basically non existing, just one shallow scuff about the size of nail head which you could only see held in light a certain angle(finish is brilliant for something produced in CHINA).
The neck feels good, frets are not sharp on top or bottom like you see in some lower end guitars. Nice bridge with rollers. Strings sit where they should as far as distance from top and bottom of fretboard. Tuners feel sturdy.
Multiple pickguard screws are half stripped. One of the screws was set slighty crooked, showing on the angle of the screw head. Upon removing the pickguard, there are 2 holes drilled for the same screw next to eachother (oopsy!) But are not so close to be concerned with the hold collapsing together. The bridge pickup has a 1/8th inch gap where it was set along the bottom, but it doesnt bother me. The picture online shows the guitar with a lefty trem bar, but i was sent a righty (whatever). The nut is a little deep in my opinion, and its been difficult to relieve fret buzz on the low e because of this im assuming. I will probably have to get a professional set up to be sure of this.
These pickups sound amazing. Unlike any p90s ive heard before, but in a good way. Playing through my ac15 custom 112 with an alnico blue, this ax sings like an angle, or screams like a demon, whatever you're into. Very surprised when comparing to a strat, tele, and sg style guitar in same price range how much better the sidejack sounded. It even blew away my buddy's vintage mustang. The tone knob is basically a switch, turning it on slighty gives the full tone effect, leaving about 85% of the rest unchange. I will be eliminating this knob by turning it up, taping off and tucking inside if i ever feel like reversing, but i get nearly the exact same range of tone from the pickup switch, and would never play with the tone knob off anyway. 1000% happy with the tone. Perfect for playing the garage/noise/blues/surf rock i love.
Before you do anything, switch out the damn super cheap super light strings it ships with. You will never get them to stay in tune for more than 5 seconds and you will be unhappy until you swap. Having said that, i am rating this guitar as 5 stars overall, simply because i am convinced you with have a difficult time finding anything near this price with a sound this strong, and the overall build quality is not terrible and feels good in my hands. Good luck finding a good lefty in this price range to boot. My point being that this guitar is built strictly to play, so play the damn thing and leave the rest up for the snobs to debate!