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NBD: Eastwood sidejack 32

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnk_10, Jan 8, 2018.


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  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i've been wanting one of these mosrite style basses for a while now and finally got a good deal on a brand new one. out of the box is wasn't really set up very well (but that's not their fault at all since i asked them not to set it up as i prefer to set them up myself). after adjusting the neck and action & cutting the nut slots a little deeper it plays very well. i still am going to slightly level the frets so i can get the action lower (the way that i like it with no fret buzz). the bass weighs 8 lbs 1.7oz so it's fairly lightweight. it does exhibit quite a bit of neck dive though so i moved the strap buttons so it'll stay in one place (playing position), and filled the original stap button holes. The pickups sound great but since they'e single coils, they do have some hum/noise. i plan to use an EHX Humdebugger with it if it's too noisey on stage.

    the neck has a clear flat finish on it, although when shopping for it, i did see some red ones with a gloss finish) and i actually prefer gloss nitro necks so as soon as the rain stops, i'll be shooting the neck with a slight amber tint of gloss nitro. i also ordered a set of hipshot ultralite 3/8" HB6Y's in chrome to save a little more weight at the headstock and will mount with zero mods. i also have some mosrite style knobs coming for it.

    i sold my original Mosrite Ventures bass a while ago because the tiny frets and super small neck wasn't all that comfortable for me to gig with and this medium (32") scale is a nice fit since it's a little shorter than my fender's but it's also a little chunkier.

    anyway, here's a pic of it:

    sidekick32-01.
     
  2. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Cool color, Congrats!
     
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  3. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Sparkle town is nice.
     
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  4. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    These seem like they would be great basses to play. Have fun!!
     
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  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i just finished installing a switchraft output jack & shielding all of the cavities and even though it already uses shielded pickup wires, it cut its noise by about 60% (but there still is more than i'd like, since i prefer my basses to be dead silent ;)).
    i also removed the neck, stripped the flat finish, rolled the fingerboard edges, sealed it with nitro sealer, added a slight amber tint and applied 6 nitro gloss top coats. the hipshot ultralites will be here in a couple of days so the neck finish is curing awaiting their arrival. i can't wait to put her back together again. i have a gig coming up and i want to use it on it.
     
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  6. Rocknrollover

    Rocknrollover

    Apr 30, 2016
    Nice paint job
     
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  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    yeah. i usually don't go for gawdy sprarkle finishes or pearloid pickguards (unless it's on a hofner or on a vintage sunburst mustang bass), but on this bass i love it.
     
  8. BBKINGBASS

    BBKINGBASS Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    Philly
    Great bass. I have a Univox they is very similar. What is your method for rolling the fretboard edges?
     
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i think the univox's body style is similar but since i owned one many years ago, that's mostly where the similarities end. same goes for the vintage mosrite ventures basses.

    i used a 2 foot long machined aluminum fingerboard radius block and run it along the entire upper ftretboard edge on an angle, then i use a variable speed makita RA 5" sander with a 1/4" soft sponge backing pad with an abranet 320 sanding disc to smooth everything out. finally, i sand it with 400 grit sand paper by hand.
     
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  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i got the hipshots today and reassembled the bass with the amber tinted gloss nitro neck. i restrung it with Daddario prosteel EPS165's and i'm loving it. i also got the EHX humdebugger and it works great with it (it now has zero noise on the standard setting).

    S32--01. S32-02.

    S32-03. S32-04.
    S32-05. S32-06.
     

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  11. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    I like that electric azure sort of blue. What about neck dive?
     
  12. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    after relocating the strap buttons it has zero neck dive.
     
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  13. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Excellent---can you tell us about the tones you get?
    BTW: am familiar with Thousand Oaks, married (foolishly) a gal from there back in 70's but did not last long :) ..out of the condos in Ardillo someplace or another in 1000 Oaks.
     
  14. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i'm diggin' it's tone. IMO, it's kinda somewhere between a jazz bass and a rickenbacker 4001/3.
     
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  15. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ohio
    Not to nitpick, but I believe thats a "Sidejack" bass.

    Nice bass.
     
  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Blingy!
     
  17. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Always wondered about the name, because the jack, of course, is on the top, not the side. "Topjack" doesn't sound as cool I guess. ;)
     
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  18. The Wrench

    The Wrench

    Feb 13, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Love it! I'm a sucker for the sparkles!
     
  19. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    oops. you're exactly right. fixed.
     
  20. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i'm really diggin' this bass with the nitro'd neck with the rolled edges. that mod took it to a whole other level.
    after playing it for a few hours, one thing that i did notice is that on the neck pickup only, the G & E strings don't have as much level or punch as the A & D strings do. it seems counter-intuitive since the pickup magnet pole pieces are not radiused to the fingerboard and are all flush with the top of the pickup cover, so you'd think that the 2 middle strings might have a little less output being that they're a little further away from the strings but that's not the case. and on the bridge pickup, only the G string is a bit weak.

    ..............so, i this situation reminded me when i told Leo Fender in 1978 that my stingray's G string seemed to have less output and sounded thinner than the other 3 strings. he said that he'd heard of the issue before and reached in his pocket and handed me several small ferrite discs in varying thicknesses that were the same diameter as a stingray's pickup magnet poles and told me to experiment with placing them on top of the pickup's G's magnet poles. that did the trick, so i made some for the sidekick 32's pickups out of drill stock. i placed them on top of the E & G poles on the neck pickup and one on the G of the bridge pickup and voila, it's perfectly balanced now.

    here's a couple of pics of them on the pickups:

    S32 Npickup shims.

    S32 Bpickup shim.
     
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