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Post by ZaCormyr on Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:02 pm

Well hello!

Suppose I'll do this thingy here since I've already posted a few times.

My name is Cory, I'll be 41 tomorrow and I'm from Vancouver Island but live in New Westminster with my wife and two kids. I had long hair until a few years ago. I have phantom hair. When I put a guitar strap over my head and I can't help but try to pull my pony tail out from under it haha.

I'm into heavy music but love all sorts like Pearl Jam. I like to sing also. I've played guitar since I was 17 but have not put the time in to be technical with it and can't read music (although I used to as a kid when I had piano lessons). That said, I could be a very good player if I put the time in. I want to play more these days but it's tough with kids around.

First guitar was an Epiphone Special ii. Best guitar I've owned (and still own) is probably the beat up Mann les paul from the 60's with sun burst.

I've recently found Westone and I think they are great! It is a shame they did not continue until today in Japan. I may soon own two!

Take care and thanks to those who've responded to my posts.

Cory

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Post by corsair on Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:51 pm

Welcome, Zac! You realise that this is a very deep rabbit hole indeed that you're disappearing into, yes?!

We love to see pix of your guitars - yes, even the non-Westone! - so keep that in mind!!

Oh, and Happy Birthday!!

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Post by Barry on Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:24 pm

Hey Zac, nice to welcome a fellow Canuck to the House of Westone Nuts!!

Hair is such a transient thing (so they tell me. I still have mine, albeit a lot finer than it used to be) But a ponytail?! That's just tragic eh? Roll on Floor Laff

Yeah, the Mann is a good guitar too, but we're gassing to see your Westone when you get a minute. Post some pix

Happy birthday & Merry Christmas!

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Post by TailGunner on Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:39 pm

Hello y’all,
I am a new member on this forum, joining from France. Please excuse my heavily accented English. I am the happy owner of an almost mint 1983 blue Thunder II mod 2 and a 1982 red Prestige 150. These are my first Westones, just bought them. I own a great deal of golden era Ibanez’s too and I repair amps as a hobby (paul1179.wordpress.com is where I post rarely about it). I just redacted the French Wikipedia pages for Matsumoku and Westone, yes we are a little bit late to the action here in backward continental Europe. If i can be of any assistance re. some Westone business in France contact me through my blog or here on the forum (not sure how DM work though). Looking forward to interacting with anyone anytime re. whatever. Cheers


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Post by astrotool on Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:22 am

Hi all!
I have owned a couple of Westones for about 16 years now.  I got them from an old guitar teacher of mine who loved them and collected a lot of 80s guitars.  In terms of vintage, I also have a pre-lawsuit Ibanez SG custom that was my first guitar.

My Westone guitars:

Dimension IV - white with red lightning bolt
I love this thing, my old guitar instructor set it up with some SRV style 13s and it has the greatest tone I have ever heard and holds the most stable tuning of any guitar I have ever used.  Currently setting it up with some Not So Slinky strings for some drop C to see how metal it can get!  This one doesn't have the original knobs or backplate (not sure of anything else) and is missing tremolo arm and a case sadly.

Electra Dynasty - red
I played this guitar for a few shows after trading a Line 6 stompbox for it, however, the volume knobs are right in a place that some over enthusiastic strums caused me to drop volume during a show, so this one just hangs on my wall now mostly :-)  This one I believe has all original hardware, but still no tremolo arm or case either.

I saw a posting for a Westone Corsair on ebay that has been tempting me... we will see.  I think I read the Dean Stealth series will hold a Dimension IV, so I may try that out and hunt for a black tremolo arm that will work in it too (once I figure out what the thread dimensions need to be anyway).  Sad to have to carry it around in a soft keyboard case, although it is more of my home jammer, not stage guitar... yet anyways :-)

Pic of them hanging on my wall (will probably try and take more detailed pics if anyone is interested)
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Post by Barry on Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:38 am

Hi Astro and welcome.

Sounds like you are well hooked on the Westone "pointies". We have a few members here who will be happy to hear that, and do start a new post in the Member's forum and upload some pix when your 7 day wait is over eh?

You must have SRV hands to handle 13's on the DimIV!! Drop tuning??

And the trem bar diameter is 6mm (listed as "import" size on many web sites).

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Post by KNM on Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:02 am

Well! I guess it´s about time to say hi!

My name is Jaume and I´m 41 years young.

I´m from Spain, located at the Mediterranean coast of Valencia.

I´ve been registered here about 10 years ago. As many of you I was in the search of Trevor Rabin´s guitar. I´ve learned a lot of things here. There´s a bunch of good people giving always good tips and advices and now I will need a bit of help.

The very first guitar I´ve ever played was an old nylon strings classic guitar with the highest action you can imagine.
The first guitar I´ve bought with my own money was a Yamaha Pacifica 112 about 1999.

And a couple of weeks ago, just by chance, I´ve hunted a Westone Pantera X275 for just 200€. I´m still pinching myself.

I´ll upload photos and things on the pertintent thread of the forums. Need to solve some issues and got a bunch of questions for you guys.

Thanks in advance fot keeping this westone madness alive and sorry for my poor self taught english.

Cheers!
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Post by Barry on Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:02 am

Jaume ¡Hola! and welcome back.


Thank you for your kind words. You are right, the guys on this Board are the best!
And we're all looking forward to seeing your Pantera!

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Post by corsair on Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:29 pm

Hey there, bro... always good to have another Westone nut in here, eh!

Your English, my friend, is very likely better than mine.... it is certainly better than any Spanish I have!

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Post by KNM on Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:26 pm

You´re so kind. Thanks!
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Post by Twigster on Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:46 pm

Hi all,

I've had my Westone Thunder 1 for about thirty years. Apart from a Fender Gemini II acoustic, my other guitars (two electrics and a classical) are DIY projects. My Westone is my first real guitar though and it's been very good to me.

I am starting to consider maybe getting the frets assessed by a professional. It either needs dressing or a refret which is potentially expensive. Also, like many others it seems I'm on the lookout for a proprietary hard case. I just missed one on eBay yesterday and just hope that they surface fairly regularly. My searching brought me here and I've just seen the user "manual" for the first time in my life. Gold.

I'm currently in Devon, UK.

Thanks for setting this site up. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.
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Post by corsair on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:04 pm

Hi there, Twigster... nice to see a new face, especially one with a lifelong partner in his/her life, eh! 
Is yours a Thunder 1, or a Thunder 1A?

You know, doing the frets isn't really a huge job; a lot of patience and a steady hand are all that's required! 

Westone marked cases come up from time to time, but if I'm honest I just get generic rectangular cases which are brand new and cheaper than branded cases... generally!

I love the "currently in Devon" disclaimer... I'm currently in Australia! Since being a part of this forum I've lived in the North and South Islands of New Zealand, Jersey and four different places in Aussie!! I assume you move around a bit, too!!

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Post by Twigster on Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:25 pm

Hello corsair. Small world I guess as I've lived and worked in Adelaide for two great years, Auckland for two "better than average" years and Thornton, NSW for a rather miserable six months (too many roaches, snakes and coal mines for my liking). 

My Westone is a Thunder 1. Using the westone.info site as a guide it's a version 2 as it has through body stringing but not the bird on the headstock. I've just read that you guys like pics so:
 

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Post by Barry on Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:38 pm

Twigster wrote:...My Westone is a Thunder 1. Using the westone.info site as a guide ...
Hi Twigster and welcome.

Now then. . .since you're *ahem* one of "us" now you should be aware of our information web site.  LINK  Very Happy

Westone.info is a tombstone site which is out of date. You'll also find the link to ours in the centre of the menu bar at the top of this page.

You'll notice some overlap since our new site was built on the old one, but you'll find a lot more recent information and items of interest because the content comes from the members of this forum and is updated regularly.

Nice Thunder BTW. see your model HERE


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Post by Twigster on Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:59 am

Hi Barry. Thanks for the tip. Your link had a rogue full stop at the end. The one top centre got me there though. It's very cool to see such a global community of Westone guitarists.
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Post by Barry on Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:47 am

Ooops! Apologies. Face Palm
I typed that first link on my laptop (in bed!) in poor lighting, and added a extra "dot" at the end. Pirouette
The main thing is that you found it!

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Post by Scrub on Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:30 pm

New to OWNING Westones, but have been around a few since the mid 80s... Ive found a few locally lately (way under priced) and decided to jump on them! Bought (and sold) a NICE Lipstick Red Dynasty a couple months ago... have my eye on a Pantara now, just waiting for the owner to confirm!

Been playing since around 1980. Quit playing from 91-2000... back at it again and somewhat collecting as well...

Looking forward to gaining knowledge and seeing what cool stuff I dont know about yet!!
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Post by Barry on Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:59 pm

Welcome Scrub.
I already commented on your Pantera post, and we definitely want to see that one when you get it!

There are also a few Dynasty fans here who would enjoy seeing yours. Start a new post for that one and let's have peek at her!

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Post by Naing2 on Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:45 am

Hi !

First thanks for running this forum !

My name is François. Currently I own two Westones : one Concord III (red) and one ultra-scooped Spectrum MX (blue).

I am looking for information on other models like the Paduak.

My first good guitar was from Matsumoku but it is not a Westone. Its is an Aria RS-X80 (see-through red) that I used long ago in the french hardcore band Heimat-los.

Any love here for Vantage guitars as well ?
Anyone has tried the Vantage x-88 ?

I play different kinds of music : from quite "SPACE" to really "FAST" but mostly hypnotic and a with a bluesy or indian touch.

Fave bands : Melt-Banana, Pink Floyd, Neurosis, Dead Kennedys, Led Zeppelin, Voivod, Marduk and many more...
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Post by Barry on Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:31 am

Bienvenu François! Great to have you here.
"Is there any love here for Vantage?" OH HELL YEAH! So Happy

I have 9 Vantage and 1 Aria Pro II Urchin, fantastic Mats guitars, all.

I'm always on the look out for an X-88 but haven't found one locally yet. I do have the X-77 and it's a killer guitar!

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Post by Naing2 on Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:25 pm

Nice to "meet" you Barry.

Which Urchin do you have ? I really love the U-100 (which has close specs to the RS-X80 except the shape and the addtitonal electronics on the U-100). I once tried a U-60T for sale but went aways with a PE instead...

I have a question about the Westone Paduak : Is it quite rare ? Or is there a few around ? (I prefer the one with two pickups). I never saw one in France.
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Post by Barry on Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:03 pm

Mine is the U60-T which was a mess when I bought it and required an effort to restore and refinish. Despite the weird shape it is a very comfortable guitar to play and I like it a lot.

I don't own a Paduak and I never see them in Canada, but they do seem to pop up regularly in England and Europe. Probably not as plentiful as other Westone models so they may be collectible but not necessarily valuable or rare.

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Post by corsair on Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:21 pm

Naing2 wrote:Any love here for Vantage guitars as well ?
Anyone has tried the Vantage x-88 ?

Ah.... hell, yes! I have swags of 'em!

Ah.... no. But I have an X-99 which I rate quite highly! Mine is matte black, though; is yours the tobacco burst?

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Post by Spdrmn282 on Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:02 pm

I need help. Just picked up a Prestige 250 and it hums if I turn either if the PEQ tone knobs up to the single coil tap position. T
The selector switch can be noisy too.
Is this normal?
Where can I get tone controls and a selector switch if needed.
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Post by axo68 on Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:55 am

Greetings from Finland. My name is Asko, and I have owned red Concord III since 1984! And it's leftie.
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Post by Barry on Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:31 am

Spdrmn282 wrote:I need help. Just picked up a Prestige 250 and it hums if I turn either if the PEQ tone knobs up to the single coil tap position. T
The selector switch can be noisy too.
Is this normal?
Where can I get tone controls and a selector switch if needed.
Hello Spidey and welcome.

It sounds like you have some oxidation on the electrical contact points. It's a common problems on all guitars, not just Westone. Some liberal squirts of Electrical Contact Cleaner usually clears it up. (Do NOT use WD40!) Spray into the back of the pots and the switch, then vigorously work the controls to spread it thoroughly. Repeat if needed, you cannot hurt anything. And don't forget the output jack.

The PEQ control is unique to Westone. It is not a "coil tap" or coil split. It is actually a very clever tone control. Turning it DOWN from the center detent and it acts like a normal a normal tone control. It creates an apparent bass boost by filtering out the treble frequencies.
Turn it UP from center and it makes a sound like variable coil tap.

This circuit is no longer available unless one of our members has one for sale. I would recommend using the cleaner. That should clear it up.

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Post by Barry on Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:39 am

axo68 wrote:Greetings from Finland. My name is Asko, and I have owned red Concord III since 1984! And it's leftie.
Welcome Asko!

I feel sorry for you "lefties". It has to be frustrating!
You're lucky to have found a Westie Leftie!
 
The Concord is a comfortable little guitar and fun to play. Is yours the H-S-S model or all single coils? Don't see many of those.

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Post by axo68 on Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:22 am

Hi, it is HSS model, bought it brand new as my first guitar and never gonna sell it. It's nice to play, but sometimes thought to change the p'ups. Has someone changed those and what results?
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Post by Barry on Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:50 pm

Lots of folks (including me) have swapped out the Concord pups. Quite straight forward and the result you get depends on the quality of the pups and what sound you are after.

You can go nuts with choices, just be sure you have a proper balance between the humbucker and the single coils or you'll go mildly mad trying to balance outputs when you switch.

Here's some info from one of our members on a Concord pickup change : LINK

How about starting a new thread in the Members Forum and show us your Concord? That's the place to continue this conversation, we're off topic here. Wink

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Post by knicelyr on Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:05 pm

Hello everyone,

My Westone story...

I owned a white red stripped Westone Dynasty in college.  When I lived in Chattanooga TN it was stolen along with a Lotus.  I was not able to find one like it at the time and purchased another guitar, this kind of took the wind out of my playing, but I did still play some on the new guitar.

Several years ago I found a Westone Dynasty on eBay.  It was in rough condition missing parts etc, but I purchased it (A).  Not too long after that I found another (B) on ebay that was missing less parts.  I took the few parts from guitar (A) to put on guitar (B).  I was still missing the locking nut parts but a friend was able to fabricate those for me and that one is complete until I find the real locking nut parts.

So I searched and searched and searched for parts for guitar (A) to no avail, then I ran across a post on this forum about replacing the tremolo system with a Goth. I then decided to just customize guitar (A) and do the same with the tremolo system and a Floyd Rose style locking nut. However I am putting the locking nut in the original Westone location.  

I am now in progress of doing that and I will start a thread documenting my progress Smile

I also believe I have found my original guitar and I am not quite sure how to handle that.  I do not want it back, but if the new owner would be willing I would like to get a few things from it.  It had a cam lock strap that was red and white, a "crunch" circuit board I made for it, and if possible I would like the neck back because of the serial number. The main alteration I made was adding a "kill" switch to the guitar below the other knobs. The one I found has an identical switch in the identical spot that I put it.  I am looking for some pictures of my original one to at lest be sure that it could be the one.

Part of me says just let it go, but I would like to be sure it is the one so that I can stop looking for it and possibly retrieve some of those parts.

Any suggestions as to how to handle this would be greatly appreciated.

Time to get some pics and start documenting my restore!
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