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Post by Nickmk1 on Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:32 pm

Hey I have recently acquired this molested westone guitar. I’m hoping to identify it and restore it back as much as I can to original condition. Any help is greatly appreciated. Ps I’m well aware the pickups are non original.

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Post by Nickmk1 on Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:37 pm

Re-uploaded one of the blurry photos plus another of the headstock
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Post by Barry on Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:00 pm

Well, it's definitely not a Matsumoku guitar! Likely Korean made judging by the position markers on the edge.

From what I can see of the body construction the neck thru design looks good, but again, not a Mats.

But then there's that head stock!! What's going on there? Surely that has to be a, um, "mod"?
Not only an ugly profile but the 4 +2 tuner layout is badly done. And something not seen on Westone, MIJ or MIK.

The whole point of 4+2 is to create a straight string path from the nut  to each tuner. If you look closely the B and E that's not the case. This would not come from the (any) factory like this. And of course those tuners are upside down, indicating that this was originally a 6 in line head stock design.

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Post by Nickmk1 on Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:11 pm

That’s fantastic info, thank you.
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Post by corsair on Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:47 pm

I reckon that’s a heavily modded guitar with Westone hardware... or machine heads anyway, although that does look like a Bendmaster Deluxe bridge...
Does the active circuit work?

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Post by Nickmk1 on Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:52 pm

active circuit does not work. Pickups aren’t original, pretty sure they are passive pups. Haven’t pulled them out yet.
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Post by Westbone on Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:13 am

Those are Wilkinson tuners.

A Floydrose style trem.

Definitely not a Westone/Matsumoku by any stretch of the imagination. 

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Post by Nickmk1 on Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:36 am

Good call thank you!!
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Post by Nickmk1 on Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:27 pm

So now that I know this is not a westone I’m even more curious in it. Does anyone have any advice on where I could go next to try and identify this guitar?
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Post by Barry on Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:16 am

It could have been anyone's branding on it originally.

As for the manufacturer, it's most probably a Korean build so I would start your search there.
Samick is a good bet to begin, here's some info to get you started: LINK

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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:21 am

Its Korean perhaps an Ibanez, they made models with similar design and those huge cut aways by the neck and Heal of the neck.
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