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Post by Westone Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:01 am

Thanks for this great forum & letting me join.

I have a Westone that is almost an exact Stratocaster copy except for the headstock which has the same shape and logo as the pointy version of Westones.

Does anyone know the years these strat copies were made and by whom?  In Korea?


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Post by Barry Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:10 pm

The 1980's Westone designs were proprietary and many of them innovative and completely unique. They did not replicate the "classic" designs.

Without a picture of your guitar I can only make a guess that it is one of the models of the German company Musik Meyer. Likely made in China in the 90's.

See this post for more info: LINK

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Post by Westone Wed Sep 01, 2021 5:40 pm

Thanks @Barry!  Here it is below:westone - Westone Strat Copies? Img_5411

Mine has the same logo and headstock as the MIJ Uncle Matt's Westones.  The German logo is significantly different.


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Post by Westone Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:06 pm

@Barry, please click my profile tab, then scroll down to my "website" on my profile.  I also uploaded it to my Avatar. 

The serial number is on the metal neck plate: 88 10 0334 so can we assume this was made in Korea in 1988?


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Post by Barry Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:04 am

Westone wrote:...Mine has the same logo and headstock as the MIJ Uncle Matt's Westones.  The German logo is significantly different.
(The logo is not the only thing different on the Musik Meyer model, the head stock is completely different)

I don't know enough about the post Mats builds to be of much help but maybe one of the members has more info Pete? Mike?

Seems to me there are a few possibilities:

1. This is indeed a later MM model version and they changed the head stock to a "pointy" (not likely);

2. This is an early "hybrid" MIK build consisting of surplus Mats necks plus newly fabricated bodies, etc

3. This is a later reduced version before the brand disappeared.

The 1988 UK catalogue shows a model or two which may have served as the template for yours.
Have a look at the SP3112: LINK

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Post by Westbone Thu Sep 02, 2021 2:25 am

Looks like you have a Challenger WE3400 MIK.

Would say the knobs have been changed.
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Post by Westone Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:22 am

Westbone wrote:Looks like you have a Challenger WE3400 MIK.

Would say the knobs have been changed.
Thank you & you're correct, it's an 89 challenger made in 88:

Challenger WE3400
Appears in the 1989 ‘New Horizons’ catalogue and Oct 1989 US pricelist. (New price $450)

Manufacturer:

St. Louis Music (SLM)

Production Date:

circa 1989

Specs:


  • body wood unknown
  • satin maple neck
  • angled tilt back headstock
  • Rosewood flat radius fingerboard
  • 22 frets.
  • 2 single coil and 1 humbucker ‘Stylist’ ferrite pickups
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • 5 way selector switch
  • Bendmaster FR double locking trem (Floyd Rose licensed)
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Post by Barry Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:11 am

Ah, of course, well done Damian! sunny

@Westone Please do not copy and paste descriptions from our website, and particularly, no need to enlarge everything! It makes readability difficult for mobile users

A simple link is all that's needed, Thanks.
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