Eastwood Newport (EB-S)

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  1. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

  2. To me personally, yes. I played one ('65 or '66) last year after decades of not even thinking about this model, and it was just amazing.

    Modern bridge and lack of a *real* Sidewinder PU kill any interest that I might have had in the Eastwood, though. By the time I'd be done with the hacking it would come dangerously close to the price of a less-than-mint original Epi.

    My $0.02 only...
     
  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Can you explain the lack of a 'real sidewinder pickup' please?
     
  4. The one wound to original specs. No one does it anymore - Gibson included - so I'm not trashing Eastwood, just stating a fact.
     
  5. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    that does absolutely nothing for me.
     
  6. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Did the original one do anything for you?

    Just asking as I don't know anything about the original Newport and was wondering why Eastwood picked it.
     
  7. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Just wound different? Brighter? Mellower? Cleaner? Muddier?
     
  8. Just wound to the original specs - or close to them - would be fine by me. I can make it brighter/mellower/cleaner/muddier as needed.
     
  9. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Nope
     
  10. Charles Barrow

    Charles Barrow

    Jan 9, 2012
    Atlanta
    The original was built as the cheaper Epiphone version of the Gibson EB-0, and in fact was built in the Kalamazoo factory alongside the EB-0. The sound was comparable as they were made from the same wood and had that same humbucker pickup at the neck. Ebay has the original 1965 Newport that the Eastwood is based upon going for $2000 and up. If you are a fan of the short scale tone and feel, and if you happen to like the modern Epiphone SG and Gibson SG Bass then this is one to check out. I already have one on preorder.
     
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  11. Charles Barrow

    Charles Barrow

    Jan 9, 2012
    Atlanta
    In the subject of the pickup, I believe they are using the same pickup they used on the Eastwood EB-1 on the Newport. The pickup is really nice and clean on the EB-1 and if I had to speculate what it will sound like on the Newport I will guess it will sound a bit beefier but will retain some of the mid range clarity. I don't think you will get the "mudbucking" sound of the original, but I think it will be cleaner. more versatile and practical than the original.
     
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  12. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Get one of these and the reissue EPI Deluxe and you are set.
     
  13. bassplayer9512

    bassplayer9512

    Sep 26, 2011
    Pittsburgh

    Have you received the Eastwood Newport? I am really curious about this bass
     
  14. Charles Barrow

    Charles Barrow

    Jan 9, 2012
    Atlanta
    They received the finished first run last week and they are doing the final detail work right now. I will post an update when I get my shopping confirmation but I expect mine this week.
     
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  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    When you get it and play it please mention it here too, please. :bassist:
    The Official Eastwood Bass Club
     
  16. Charles Barrow

    Charles Barrow

    Jan 9, 2012
    Atlanta
    I will, and I will post pics and a review as well.
     
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  17. Charles Barrow

    Charles Barrow

    Jan 9, 2012
    Atlanta
    I received an email last night that I can expect the Eastwood Newport Bass tomorrow. I am not excited at all. I may need to take a sick day on Friday. Nope, not excited.
     
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  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Anticipation can wear you out!
     
  19. Charles Barrow

    Charles Barrow

    Jan 9, 2012
    Atlanta
    FB_IMG_1555159463114.jpg FB_IMG_1555159447528.jpg It is in and it is wonderful. I will set to work on a proper review when I get through the weekend gig.
     
  20. How is the balance?
    You're consistent with short scale basses. :D
     
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