Baritone guitars are a great instrument to have in the studio or at home – offering a deeper tone than standard guitars. This as new Eastwood Sidejack Baritone Deluxe is a great example. The Sidejack is based on the 1960’s Mosrite which was made in USA and began gaining popularity in the early 1960’s with the help of The Ventures. Its distinctive shape features a reverse- Stratocaster look.
Thanks to its Basswood body, the Sidejack DLX is light on the shoulder. Aesthetically, the Vintage Mint Green finish is flawless. The binding and gold hardware give the Sidejack a retro swanky appeal – like the guitar could have walked out of a Bond flick.
The Eastwood Sidejack DLX sports a 28″ scale Maple neck, with a Rosewood fretboard, and is about three inches longer than a Standard Stratocaster. The neck has a 12 inch radius and a flat profile, a shape and feel that puts it somewhere between a Fender Stratocaster neck and an Ibanez Wizard neck. There are two Vintage EW P-90 pickups, 3-way switching, 1 volume and 1 tone control. It has a Pro Adjustable Roller Bridge, a Fender style tremolo and Gotoh hardware.
So, what’s it sound like?
If you mixed the tone of a 1970s P-90 equipped Les Paul (vintage grit and warmth) with a splash of a high-end Ibanez (high output, tight and balanced), you’d have the Sidejack DLX.
Played through a Mesa Boogie combo amp, the Sidejack DLX can dish out high gain tones that range from creamy and warm to a gritty “are you gonna be my girl” style retro tone.
On lower gain settings, the Sidejack’s voice is warm and balanced, with the most dynamic tones available with both the neck and bridge pickups selected. The clean tones beg you to play a finger picked song or even your favorite jazz tune. With just a hint of distortion left in the channel, it’s easy to dial in a tone similar to Bob Marley’s solo on “No Woman No Cry.”
This is a really cool vintage-style guitar, with a deep baritone voice. Even though its voice comes from the 60’s, in practice you can cover a lot of musical ground with this guitar.
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