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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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...