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 many different models and colors.
The "HB" version has coil-tapped Alnico Hot-10 Humbuckers. Pull up the tone knob to get the surf tones, push it back down for full on humbucker blues/rock.
Posted by Mark on 24th May 2016
Already being an Eastwood nut (this is my 6th), I've always been tempted by the B-Stock sales and when this one went down $100 I had to go for it. I had always liked the Sidejack and I'm very glad to finally have one.
This was sold as a demo, but I can't even find a fingerprint on this thing. For all intents, it's a new guitar, and a fine one at that.
This guitar has phenomenal workmanship and very high quality hardware for a guitar at this price point. I'm used to the Alnico pickups as I have two other guitars with them but they're both semi hollow. In the solid Sidejack, they offer IMO a little bit more "bite", which is about as close as I can get to describing it. The coil tap (which I wasn't aware of until I got it) gives some additional variety and I can get pretty bright and jangly.
The vibrato is simply great--I have a MIJ Jazzmaster which is basically the same and this one is better hands down. Tuning is really not an issue when employing vibrato in moderation, and I'd say from the tuners to the roller bridge the Sidejack beats the Fender in every aspect. Even the shape of the bar is more user friendly to me. It just FEELS better.
Quality-wise I've come to expect a lot from Eastwood and the Sidejack didn't disappoint. Eastwood has always been a great company to deal with and Mike is always very responsive to inquiries.
I think this "B-Stock" Sidejack HB was an incredible deal. I'm sure this won't be the last.
Posted by ~6steve in So. Cali (The Steve is silent) on 4th Apr 2016
VERY good deal at this price. Quality parts and construction.
This was my first purchase and I am impressed.
Fret work and setup was expert right out of the box.
As a test, I lowered the action to see just how low I could go before fret outs occurred. .03" low E at 12th fret.
Off the charts 3/100ths of an inch to get 1 fret to buzz out!
All the hardware is tight and well fitted.
The trans finish and binding is well done.
This monster stays in tune after the typical string stretch.
The neck fits well in my large sized hand and the flattish radius makes this guitar THE most playable out of the box guitar Ive owned. (50+)
The electronics are stellar for a production guitar at this price.
Looks and feels great. Good job Guys.
Customer service is refreshingly excellent.
I will buy again from this excellent company.
Posted by Paul Pearce on 24th Sep 2015
Let's get this out of the way: I love this guitar. It feels good to play and looks fantastic. About me - I've been playing guitar for over 30 years and still perform regularly in clubs and medium sized venues. This guitar is being played through a Marshall JTM 45.
Humbuckers - Good balance. The push-pull tap on the tone knob was unexpected and a nice touch. Tone is transparent.
Neck Feel - The frets and binding are well done. Plays well. No defects on mine.
Tuners - Schaller knockoffs, but no issues. Do the job!
Roller Bridge - rattles, buzzes. Also sticks a bit. Will definitely be replaced. I think it was simply not milled very well in production.
The finish looks a bit splotchy on mine. Otherwise it is a beautiful instrument. This was a bit of a disappointment. Nothing major, just cosmetic.
Posted by Rick on 24th Sep 2015
I've had the P-90 Sidejack DLX for years and really like it. This new HB model is a perfect sidekick for my Sidejack! The humbuckers have a fantastic growl that is not achieveable with the P-90's on my earlier one, and the coil tap option has a versatile tone too. If you like the Sidejack DLX, you will LOVE the HB version.
Posted by Matt (The Lurids) on 1st Aug 2015
I ordered the Sidejack HB DLX to use on a surf album I was planning after watching the amazing video posted here. (Watch it, if you haven't yet.) I received the guitar on June 26th...I wrote, mixed, and released the album one month later. From scratch! I do credit the guitar for a lot of this, since it was both very comfortable to play and had THAT surf sound right out of the box. Once I had that sound rocking, the inspiration just hit...
That's not much of a detailed guitar review, I know. I will say that when I first got it I tested it with a few different amps/settings on a KPA to see what it could do. It handles straightforward rock extremely well, and I even dialed in a killer metal tone. I was not expecting this at all! I'm confident I could use the Sidejack on any recording project in my studio, it is that versatile.
For the surf tones, I did switch to flatwound strings and pulled up the tone knob as recommended. Unreal! The stock tremolo, once I got used to it, was ideal for surf guitar.
It's a tremendous value at this price, and looks hot to boot. Get it, you'll be very happy! A great investment.