Hell yes… I know of at least a few readers who will be rejoicing over the news that Eastwood Guitars is continuing its support for the oft-neglected left-handed guitar players of the world.
Late last week the company announced “lefty” versions of not only the popular new Airline Twin Tone, but also Eastwood’s endlessly entertaining Mandocaster, an eight-string re-imagining of Fender’s early ’60s four-string electric mandolin (I say re-imagining because the Mandocasters I seem to remember were based on the Strat not the Tele.)
The Lefty Mandocaster is expected to sport a body of solid alder, maple bolt-on neck (14“ scale length,) rosewood fretboard with block inlays, a fully-adjustable Telecaster-style bridge, and Gotoh hardware.
Unlike the early Fender instruments they’re loosely based on, Eastwood’s new Mandocaster boasts dual singlecoils, 3-way pickup switching, and a full eight strings instead of just four. The Mandocaster is fetching a suggested retail of $399.
By the way: you can watch Wendell Ferguson take this little beasty for a test drive over on Eastwood’s website. Good stuff.