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Post by Westone Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:47 pm

An acquaintance has a Pantera x750 bass (2 pickups) he'll sell me cheap ($220). It has a bolt on neck & the exact color I want.

I've hunted for a Pantera guitar under $500 with no luck.

I noticed a Westone guitar neck and pickups for sale. If I switch to a guitar neck and pickups, will I have a decent guitar?

I haven't yet looked for a Pantera-like guitar bridge but I'm optimistic I'll find one.


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Post by Westbone Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:41 am

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Post by Westone Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:39 am

Westbone wrote:no
Much respect for your knowledge, but what reasons will the bass to guitar conversion sound bad?

Does the Pantera base and guitar have the same shape?
Wouldn't both the Pantera bases and guitars have started out the same shaped block of wood?

I realize that I'll need to do some rewiring & soldering but have an aspiring Luthier friend who can get it done economically.
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Post by Barry Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:19 am

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Completely different physics & geometry involved. It would necessitate major butchering and refinishing of the Pantera body to replace and relocate pickups and bridge.

Even then. . .No.

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Post by Westbone Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:34 pm

Westone wrote:
Westbone wrote:no



Wouldn't both the Pantera bases and guitars have started out the same shaped block of wood?

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Yes, tree shaped
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Post by Barry Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:53 pm

Westbone wrote:
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Wouldn't both the Pantera bases and guitars have started out the same shaped block of wood?
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Post by Barry Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:01 pm

Westone, the issue is not the shape of the body, it's the physical location of the pickups and the bridge to accommodate the different scale length.

You would have to destroy that beautiful instrument and basically rebuild everything. It is not a straight swap out.

You can convert a guitar into a baritone guitar which as close as you would get to a bass, but you would not be successful going the other way (ie, from bass to guitar). These are two different instruments.


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Post by Westone Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:11 pm

Barry wrote:Westone, the issue is not the shape of the body, it's the physical location of the pickups and the bridge to accommodate the different scale length.

You would have to destroy that beautiful instrument and basically rebuild everything. It is not a straight swap out.

You can convert a guitar into a baritone guitar which as close as you would get to a bass, but you would not be successful going the other way. These are two different 
I understand now and appreciate the advisement.   

Do you feel $445 is a fair price for a black x275 with only 1 nick?
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Post by Barry Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:02 am

Without seeing the guitar any comment I make would be tentative, but that would seem to be a reasonable price, especially if a case is included.

One nick is bugger all to worry about in a 40+ year old instrument. What's more important is the playability and condition of electronics and hardware.

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Post by Westone Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:25 am

Barry wrote:Without seeing the guitar any comment I make would be tentative, but that would seem to be a reasonable price, especially if a case is included.

One nick is bugger all to worry about in a 40+ year old instrument. What's more important is the playability and condition of electronics and hardware.
Thank you sincerely.

How much did your Pantera's cost you?
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Post by Barry Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:36 pm

I do not own a Pantera.

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