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Post by bowenjaybee Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:55 am

I don't know who this will upset the most, Fender Stratocaster lovers or Westone purists.

I recently purchased a 1983 Concord II neck from ebay, it came with the original Westone machine heads, neckplate and screws. I thought it would come in handy for my latest Strat project....it did... and this is the result...

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The body and bridge are from a Japanese Fender Stratocaster. It is wired with 250k CTS pots, 0.047uf paper in oil capacitor, Oak 5-way switch and Ironstone Alnico V pickups (Very nice sounding, low-priced pickups from The UK)

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The Concord neck fits great and the screws lined up perfectly with no modifications. There is a small gap where the square heel end meets the body but I can live with it. The action is nice and low and I had no problems with intonation.

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I've always wanted a Westone Concord but this hybrid will do me for now. A great sounding partscaster with the added bonus of having a comfortable, lovely Westone neck.


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Post by wemfender Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:16 am

Envy raging green envy ! me likey ! want it ! love it, best of all worlds, ( I am a strat man at heart ) so strat body + mats neck = quality. I would expect it to be great for weight, and smooth as silk to play with that neck.
great stuff for me ! to be fair, I have never been a purist at anything except drinking good beer, now if we had been talking mixing guiness with Magners cider I would have had an issue.
Cheers Steve.
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Post by Westbone Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:27 am

That's very nice indeedy. Real nice match. Looks very good.
The shape of the headstock goes flowingly with the body, nice. What you going to call it a Westorcaster.
Told you those Ironstones are ok. Which one's you use platinum, gold or silver. Good value eh!
Bet playing that feels comfortable and sounds sweet.
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Post by Phormlyss Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:20 pm

I think it looks great. A complete and working guitar is always better than separate parts.
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Post by bowenjaybee Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:51 pm

Westbone wrote:Which one's you use platinum, gold or silver. Good value eh!
Bet playing that feels comfortable and sounds sweet.

The Ironstone pups are a set that the seller had on special offer over Christmas, they are close to his Silver grade pups, 6.4K bridge and 6.1K middle and neck, excellent value. It's a beautiful neck, plays great and feels just as good as any Fenders I've played.

The guitar is a nice partner for my all black Spectrum II...

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Post by Barry Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:12 pm

Excellent! Inspired mating! Westone meets Fender Thumb_up

Anything with a Westie neck on it is going to be an instant upgrade! Westone meets Fender Toothless_smile

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Post by corsair Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:31 pm

+1.... Lovely, and Barry's dead on; Westone neck improves any guitar!
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Post by hobster Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:04 pm

Very cool! Looks great and you have a super combo there, the Japanese strats are as good as any in my opinion. I have an 89 USA made Clapton strst and a Japanese Fender Squire from the 80's and i actually like the tone and feel better on the squire. Cant go wrong with that neck. Very Happy
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Post by Warrn Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:01 am

That looks quite nice with the sleek Concord headstock instead of the bulky Fender one! Good work! Smile
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Post by beavis Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:34 am

I just love this. It looks great.
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Post by light01 Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:29 pm

WOW! That looks amazing! Beautiful Guitar! Very Happy
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Post by The Chad Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:26 pm

I was scared to see the pics, but WOW, great idea! Looks almost natural that way, don't it?!

And stop teasing us with that Spectrum II already... Razz
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Post by anaerobe Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:18 pm

Fine work. That's the way to do it.
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Post by mortarman120gang11c Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:37 pm

Thats one great hybrid there. Gotta love that neck.Great job
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Post by bowenjaybee Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:43 pm

Sadly the Westocaster guitar no longer exists Crying or Very sad

It was parted out to help fund the purchase of my real Concord II. It was a fun experiment though and I do have another Strat so all is good. Very Happy

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Post by bigneil Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:13 am

I think it looks great. Cool . Nice parts caster.
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Post by Barry Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:28 am

bowenjaybee wrote:Sadly the Westocaster guitar no longer exists Crying or Very sad
It was parted out to help fund the purchase of my real Concord II. It was a fun experiment though and I do have another Strat so all is good.
Pity. But it was still a great thing to witness.
But more important Jay, you've given us some valuable information for future project options. So a big thanks for that! Westone meets Fender Thumb_up

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