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Audiofanzine FR's review - Eastwood Guitars Stormbird

Value For Money : Excellent
(Originally written by Mischka/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
China

21 frets, two P90 pickups.

Fixed bridge.

Two volume and two tone controls, toggle switch.

No idea... Perhaps a slim taper?

UTILIZATION

Pleasant and quite round but too thick neck. It's a set neck, which is quite rare in this price range.

Easy access to the upper frets.

The guitar has exactly the same problem as the real Firebird with non-reversed headstock: it tips forward, but a few days will be enough for you to get used to it. The guitar is a bit heavier than a standard Telecaster.

Excellent sound and good manufacturing quality. The pickups sound good and are quite faithful to the original P90. The main disadvantage of the P90 is the noise, which depends on the room size and the distance to the amp. No feedback problems even at high output levels.

SOUNDS

I play in a punk rock band and this guitar perfectly matches my needs.

I play a VOX AC30 with a wah-wah pedal, a TS7 for rhythm parts and riffs, and a SD2 for solos.

I only use the bridge pickup. The sound is dry and sharp but not too dirty (just as I like it). Very good sustain due to the set neck...

I can almost get the Les Paul Junior sound I need for my band with this guitar. The Stormbird is not so wild as a Les Paul Junior, a bit bulkier but it's alright. The toggle switch is not a problem... If it were the case I would fix it with adhesive tape!!



OVERALL OPINION

I've owned it for two months and I think I will keep it. It will be an excellent second guitar when I have a better instrument (LP Junior, Rickenbacker 620, etc.).

I like very much the neck, the pickups and the retro and original look. The machine heads are the main con. I've already tighten them several times but I will have to replace them soon.

Yes, I tested lots of other guitars but no Eastwood. After buying it, a friend of mine bought a Hummingbird (Mosrite/Univox replica) and he's very satisfied with it!

I think this guitar offers one of the best value for money right now... especially considering the price of a real Gibson.

The only question is: how will it sound in 10 or 15 years??

Update after several years: I won't ever know how this Eastwood will sound in the future because I sold it to go back to my roots: bass guitar... Nowadays, I think the best value for money is a Custom '77!