Re-inventing the Past: From Mosrite to Sidejack

The Eastwood Sidejack guitars bring back the vintage flavour of the old Mosrite guitars, but updated for modern players. Better than the original? Well, now that's for you to decide... 

The Ventures and their Mosrites

The original Mosrite guitars are perhaps the ultimate "cult" guitars: they weren't cheap to start with, and sold little, despite the celebrity endorsement of The Ventures.  However, over the years these guitars achieved increasingly greater following - but still, nothing like Jazzmasters, for instance: Old Mosrites are the guitar of choice for a lucky few, still.

Despite of this, there's little doubt that the Mosrite Ventures design is one of the most recognisable ever.

Original Mosrite Sidejack

That Mosrite design was a classic - you have Fender, Gibson, and really very few other brands in the 60's who managed to design a guitar so perfect & timeless. 

Original Mosrite guitars are hard to find, and expensive. If you ever get one, it's certainly something to be prized! Read Michael's My Rare Guitar Blog about the subject.

Probably most guitarists on Earth will recognise a Mosrite Ventures model when they see one. But, even when it comes to famous guitarists, it's hard to name that many players who've been spotted with a Mosrite.  (Check Mosrite on Wikipedia for a pretty good - but small - list.)

Over the years, brands such as Teisco and Univox helped to keep the legend alive, thanks to their many Mosrite-style models, which themselves became collectable, eventually.

The Ramones also played a big deal in popularising Mosrite, because the Mark II model was one of Johnny Ramone's favorite guitars. This model was the inspiration for our custom shop Mach Two guitar.

Johnny Ramone

Since the Ramones, Mosrite has been associated with loud rock'n'roll as often as it's been with Ventures-style surf music. After all, some of the first names that often come to mind are more than enough to get aspiring rock'n'rollers inspired: 

Besides Johnny Ramone, we could also mention Fred "Sonic" Smith (MC5) and Dave Alexander (The Stooges). No wonder Mosrite is a name that many guitarists associate with raw power rock'n'roll! Sadly, the prices asked for a vintage model mean most buyers will be happy keeping theirs safe at home - not trashing about on stage!

Another important thing to note: there are some issues regarding the vintage Mosrites playability...

Watch: 1963 Mosrite Demo

Hey ho, let's go - with a Sidejack! 

Which brings us to our Sidejack series. Those guitars are not just mere "Mosrite copies". We'd like to think we've re-invented them, bringing their discontinued, old models up-to-date, and also more playable to modern players. Should we dare to say... the Sidejacks are even better

Sidejack HB DLX

Well... we won't be so presumptuous to go that far, but our modern upgrades such as the feel of the neck, the roller bridge and the jazzmaster-style tremolo really give it a more familiar feel... not to mention that, being more affordable, the Sidejack guitars come ready to ROCK! And if that doesn't make it better... well, the fact is - and we really believe this to be a fact - that our Sidejack series, today, is more popular than Mosrite has ever been!

In the past few years, the Sidejack Series has become one of our top-sellers, thanks to the wide range of models which actually offer something new to the players: not just different tremolos and neck but also humbucker versions, baritone models, 12-strings with gold hardware and even the mighty Baritone Blackout models, perfect for the modern heavy rockers.

Eastwood Sidejack in action

We see all sorts of new bands playing the Sidejacks, now. From punk to indie, surf bands and even seasoned blues pros such as Eric Clapton's collaborator Doyle Bramhall II. Make no mistake - the Sidejacks have put their own mark! Sidejacks are totally now, dig it?

Watch: Eastwood Sidejack DLX Demo

The Future of the Sidejacks

Despite aiming to offer a modern twist on old Mosrite models, it's still true that the original vintage models will keep inspiring us. We're sure many of our customers still look up to those old Mosrites... as we do!

For this reason, we resurrected the old Mosrite 300 in the shape of our custom shop Sidejack 300, which quickly became one of our favorite models. Guitars like the Mosrite 300 shouldn't just be consigned to history... they should be appreciated now, and the Sidejack 300 is as close as it gets.

Check this RJ demo, and it'll give you a good idea why:

As for the future? Well, all we can say is that new Sidejacks will get even better - more Mosrite-like, more Pro. More essential than ever... thanks to the Sidejack series, it's about time the Mosrite cult got bigger! Stay tuned... 

New Eastwood Sidejack Pro prototype

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8 comments

  • I have played Mosrites and own a Sidejack. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say the Sidejack beats the Mosrite, (it doesn’t), it’s a very well made guitar and a bargain for the price. I love the sound my Sidejack produces and the neck is fast and comfortable. The vibrato unit is not as solid as Semmie Mosrite’s patented trem unit, but it is responsive, easy to grab and for the most part will not disrupt tuning and if it does a set of locking tuners will easily solve the problem. The look of my Sidejack is eye catching and people frequently ask about it at gigs. For the money, the Sidejack is a great guitar.

    E Lopez
  • The Sidejack Baritone has been my main axe for my instrumental band I Think Like Midnight (along with a kit Jazzmaster for some tunes). I love how it plays, the creamy tones, and never goes out of tune even after heavy whammy bar abuse. I still hold out hope that Eastwood will create a 12-string baritone. I would also so love to see a Sidejack with those fantastically snarly pick-ups that are in the video of that ’66 Mosrite, above.

    Andrew Chalfen
  • A few years back I bought a pair of Mosrite P-90’s from a guy in Sacramento, CA who wound the P-90 pickups for Semi Mosely. I don’t know if he is still making them, but the Mosrite sound is there. Humbuckers don’t have the right sound.

    Roger Woods
  • Love my Sidejack guitar!!

    Frank Prato
  • I already wrote and told you guys the Eastwoods are better havIng played both Mosrite from the Ventures when in Las Vegas. Built better more comfy to play and what they sell for now is super ridiculous. If I could afford it I’d have every Eastwood made, that simple.

    Carolyn Donovan

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