June 15th, 2012, 05:23 PM
I'm interested in the Eastsider S, which I think a couple of people here own. Do the chambers provide any significant weight relief? How heavy are these guitars? Curious about what it looks like under the pickguard, neck pickup mount, etc. Thanks.
June 17th, 2012, 09:06 AM
Well, the Eastsider S is the best new guitar I've bought since I purchased a new 69 Gibson ES335 way back when, and I've had a ton of guitars since then. Everything just feels right about it, and the tones are outstanding, with the variety of pickup settings that are available with the pull option that gives you the neck pickup in combination with whatever other pickups you have selected. The non-glossy finish even gives it a vintage vibe, without a fake relic job.
The neck is extremely comfortable, and is a little wider and flatter, which I really like, and the radius gets bigger further up the neck, which makes all of the high picking and bending easy.
I'm in a surf band currently, and I love the smooth, silky action of the trem bar, which just simply works perfectly, and the bar stays put in the position where you need it. The guitar holds tune perfectly for me, with those locking tuners and the graphite nut.
At a big car show gig yesterday, I started off with a beautiful, well-made 2010 American Standard Strat, in a fantastic sienna burst finish, but after one song, I swapped it for the Eastsider. There was nothing wrong with the Strat, but there's something about the Eastsider that makes you feel like you are securely armed with the most dependable, comfortable and best-sounding tool for the job (like "with this guitar, I need fear no man!"). I look forward to picking it up everyday, like a teenager with his first good guitar.
To be honest, I haven't wanted to fool with the mojo of the Eastsider, so I have not even looked under the pickguard yet. The chambering does help some with the weight, although it's not a featherweight guitar ( I only have an old bathroom scale, and haven't weighed it on there).
June 17th, 2012, 07:21 PM
Thanks for your feedback, fenderfan. Not sure the wide flat neck shape you describe is right for me. But these guitars sound great in the videos I've seen. Will have to track one down and try it out.
June 19th, 2012, 04:07 AM
I just noticed that the Eastsider S is very similar to the Reverend Six Gun. It would be interesting to A/B the two guitars. Anybody here played both?
June 19th, 2012, 08:08 AM
While we're posting photos, here's my Eastsider happily in action last Saturday at my surf band's car show gig (there was spontaneous hula hooping, too!)
June 20th, 2012, 03:30 PM
I can echo everything that fenderfan has said about the eastsider S. You pick up the guitar and instantly the neck feels right. Everything about the guitar feels right. I love picking it up everyday and hearing the tones out of it. Absolutely love the neck and bridge together. What a crisp sound. The neck pickup to me is almost like half tele half strat... To my ears its not like a lindy fralin vintange hot or an EJ thing. Pretty full sounding. The only thing that has bugged me is the sitar like sound on my high e string. Been driving me nuts. I was trying to fix it the other day and noticed a bur on the saddle of the wilkinson tremolo so I filed it down and now the sitar sound is almost all gone! Next time I change the strings I'm gonna file just a little more and I think I will have one of the best guitars ever! I do sorta wish the easider S came in a hard tail version cause I'm not really a tremolo guy and have locked down the tremolo so that my double stops don't go out of tune. All in all an amazing guitar that I'm still in love with!
June 20th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Also here is a demo I did a few days after receiving the eastsider... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yYQtefDkzc
July 4th, 2012, 07:51 PM
Finally got to play the S model in a store. Great fit and finish and fun to play. Sounded great through a tube amp. I can see what all the buzz is about!
September 16th, 2012, 11:40 AM
I was going to start a thread about the Eastsider S I just got but I found this one and thought I'd pile on.
I lucked out and sniped it on eBay for a price that I figured would let me flip it if it didn't work for me. No worries it ain't going anywhere.
It weighs just a hair over 8 lb. A little heavier than I like, but OMG the sound is so good.
I am a big Reverend guy and I already had a red Six Gun like in the picture above and I expected to have pretty much the same sound. Not even close. The Eastsider has custom spec'd alnico pickups voiced to Pete Anderson's directions. The Six Gun has ceramic pickups that sound very good, but completely different.
To me the Eastsider is a home run, just perfect. Wait til you hear the quack positions on this baby.
I haven't popped the guard.