The Eastwood Stormbird is a based on the 1960's non-reverse Firebird. Loaded with P-90 pickups, stop tail, tune-o-matic bridge and featuring a set maple neck design. The Stormbird is well balanced, solid instrument that delivers what you would expect from a guitar at three times the price.
Posted by hippiekarl on 11th Jan 2015
Everything about this guitar is just right (except the pickguard, whose screw-holes were drilled sloppily. and screws were ~way~ over-torqued). It also may be a bit redundant to have the Eastwood logo on the headstock *and* the truss rod cover...just saying; I'll probably make a plain TR cover. I'm not upset at all about the poorly-done pickguard, though, since I planned to use it as a stencil, make my own out of 3ply basswood, paint it black(!), install a SD SP90 (3rd P-90 pickup) inbetween the stock ones, and replace the 3-way with 3 on/offs and use 3 vol/1 tone....
The Eastwood P-90s sounded clearer than I'd expected, until I brought them up a good distance. I generally keep my p/u s as far away from the strings as I can, bu these don't really have any 'throat' until they're right up close. They feature beautiful, elaborate upper-mid harmonic structure with distortion, now, and I can't wait to hear the palette I'll have with 3 on/offs.
My Stormbird was, besides the pickguard, pretty well put together: the hardware was tight, it arrived intonated and with proper relief. The last 4 frets are sharp on both sides of the fingerboard, but the rest are dressed and smooth. If you're serious about things, you'll probably want to replace the plastic nut, as well.
This guitar already sounds as least as great as my LP dbl-cut gold top, and at a third the price. It's not even as heavy as I'd suspected. But for the few rough frets and the heavy-handed pickguard installation, this would be 5 stars. I love mine already after 2 days (I'm still waiting for my hot rod parts).