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eastwood basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bigshawn, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Bigshawn


    Feb 10, 2013
    Anyone try a Eastwood Bass? I seen a hollowbody I really Like and it is Lefty and we all Know how hard it is to find a lefty bass. it is priced very good at around 500 . Just wondering is anyone has any comments on them thanks .
  2. rockinpop

    rockinpop Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Lindenhurst, New York
    Here is a great review of the classic 4. Very nice basses.
  3. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Have heard great things in general about Eastwood. The only negative I can recall is that I heard pretty consistently that the Ampeg scroll copy sounds bad.
    I don't have personal experience, I'm just relating what I've read. I've heard the Classic 4 is killer though.
  4. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I owned their Club Bass copy. It was well made and the frets were perfect.
  5. Bigshawn


    Feb 10, 2013
    How is the short scale work for you guys? Im kinda a big guy . Is it not to much different because the body is so big or what
  6. I'm 6'3" and play short scale basses almost exclusively. They work great for me. My heaviest bass is the Skyrider at 7.2 lbs. A lot easier on the shoulder and back over the course of a four hour gig.

    I would guess that the Eastwood you're looking at, will be lighter yet.
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I had one of those and IME the Hofner Ignition Club is much better and also less expensive. However I don't think the Hofner Club is available in a left-hand model.
  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    I have a lefty Eastwood Magnum bass; their take on the Ovation Magnum (which was not made as a lefty). It's a perfectly fine bass - for the money. The neck is very nice; well finished, with no problem with frets or anything. Everything works OK, though the pots could be better. Some of the screws in the pickguard weren't put in straight, and the large plastic bridge pickup surround is a little wonky. The burst finish, though, is beautiful-and flawless. Overall, mine is a very good value for the money. Plays fine, and sounds good.

    My only problem with Eastwood is that: 1) they don't make a lot of their bass models in lefty (though they're a lot better than some companies I could mention), and 2) the majority of their basses are short scale. I don't have a problem with SS basses per se; I have 4. I just don't particulary want any more. Also, some of their basses would be perfectly fine (if not closer to the originals) in 34" scale. In fact, a few of the SS basses Eastwood sells now were 34-inchers when Eastwood first made them. I also have a Sidejack Baritone guitar; pretty much the same rating, IMO. Both are good value for the money. ;)

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  9. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    I had a classic 4 and it was the biggest steaming pile of firewood I've ever had the misfortune of buying.

    Really major crappy manufacturing flaws that if Eastwood spent 30 seconds inspecting a bass before it went out the door would have bee picked up.

    Split bridge.
    Tailpiece installed so far off centre the strings were falling off the fretboard.
    Pickup ring installed so crooked the pickup was jammed up hard against the cavity.
    The colour.. Meant to be orange, was actually cherry red.. Odd considering they didn't MAKE a cherry red.

    Things that made the bass pretty much unplayable without me filling the screw holes, relocating everything and redrilling mounts for the hardware.
  10. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Bummer. My classic 4 came near flawless and is the nicest playing short scale bass I've owned. It was the only hollow body I kept when I sold off some gear last year.
  11. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I've never owned an Eastwood, but the ones I've seen obviously passed a very good QC check--or the store had set them up properly.
    None of their basses appeal to me though-for various reasons.

    The best thing is always to check it out & see if they fit what you need it for.
  12. Bigshawn


    Feb 10, 2013
    Maybe I will look at a Gretsch Hollowbody and turn it lefty
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I'm a fan of Eastwood (not an owner, though) but I'm a VERY big Gretsch fan, and I own three.

    If you can spend the money, you will never go wrong with a Gretsch...and there are a lot of nice used Gretsch basses out there. I don't know which basses they ever made lefty, but some online research would provide info.

    You are NOT going to want to mess with moving knobs and/or switches on a Gretsch hollowbody. It will be ugly and they are too costly to mess up.

    Here ya go - a left-handed country gentleman:


    Might be nice to find a used one that's a bit less expensive...Gretsch hollows don't come cheap.
  14. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    I didn't have luck with a Classic 4.
    Bought it new in 2010 and it came with the center block detached from top. I mean, there's a huge gap between the center block and the top, producing weird sounds when I play certain notes. Besides that it is impossible to get a proper intonation with the floating bridge.

    Sent them an email with detailed pictures but all they did was ask me if there was a local repairman that could fix it. I tried to send it back and get a new one but they never replied my emails.

    The bass is unplayable, it's resting on its case since then.
    I just couldn't sell it.
    I'll never buy Eastwood instruments ever.

    Now you have plenty of options to buy hollow body basses. Gretsch, Epiphone, Fender Coronado… All them sells nice, inexpensive instruments.
  15. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Ibanez Artcore basses are nice as well.
    Unless you don't like short scale basses.
  16. Bigshawn


    Feb 10, 2013
    Yea its looking this is the way I might go . As far as moving knobs I would just leave them get the double cutaway body and switch strings around. to play it lefty
  17. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    I had a Classic 4 and I have so say I didn't like it so much. I went for a Gretsch instead, two entirely different worlds.
  18. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    My general impression of Eastwood basses, admittedly with horrible UK pricing, is that they are good but a bit overpriced. You are paying for unusual shapes. The Magnum bass has a mudbucker and a weird Burns Trisonic-like bridge pickup, and conventional wiring. This goes against the grain of what Ovation were trying to achieve with the original basses, sonically. Likewise the Scroll basses, for better or worse, don't feature the weird pickups that are characteristic of the original.
  19. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
  20. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I've got 3 Eastwood basses: Classic IV, EEB-1, and Hi Flyer, all of them gig regularly. Only problem I've experienced was a piece of the nut broke off in the case. A bit of super glue and it was good to go, that was 2 years ago.