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Post by Obi Wan Russell on Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:18 am

Yes, I lived in Peterlee between 1970 and 1988, then moved to Southampton in search of work. When I left college (Peterlee Tertiary college) the only options were a YTS or the dole. No jobs around in Co. Durham back in 88. My Dad had been living in Southampton for ten years then so it seemed an obvious choice. I'm going to take some better pics of the guitars soon so watch this space. I have a fair sized collection now (all working for their keep!), so here's the list:

Fender 72 Reissue Stratocaster (1987 vintage) Cream body, Rosewood neck with Schaller 'Hot Rails' type pickups,- Primary stage guitar,
Westone Thunder 1 (passive) with chrome pickup covers, chrome bridge and strat style jack socket,
'Frankenstein' strat (made from spare parts) Black body, maple neck, schaller 'Hot Rails' type pickups, Backup stage guitar,
Squire Stratocaster Red Body, Maple neck, Large headstock, two Humbuckers,
Squire Stratocaster Pewter Body, Maple Neck, Small Headstock, Three single coils, (bit like eric clapton model but a lot cheaper!),
Squire Telecaster Green Body, Tiger stripe Maple neck (shades of Rossi!), standard Tele pickups,
Epiphone Les Paul Gold top
Rockwood Les Paul copy Cherry sunburst, two Seymour Duncan Pickups (P90/PAF),
H & S double neck strat (6/12 string) Black body, maple necks, tortoiseshell pickguard, three single coil pickups per neck,
Steinberger Spirit double neck (6/4string, guitar on bottom bass on top) headless, Black. Real head turner when I bring this one out at gigs!,
Westone Thunder 1 Bass (Passive), Gold body Black headstock, J Bass pickup fitted in bridge position, original P bass pickup retained, three way selector switch between V/T knobs and handle cut into upper body,
Peavy Bass Guitar. Not sure what model, Plays like a dream. Flame sunburst body, Rosewood neck, two humbuckers,
Turner 12 string acoustic electric natural finish,
Squire 6 string acoustic Metallic blue,

Coming soon: Frankenstein Strat Mk III, (Black one above is Mk II and Mk I I sold to a friend years ago. It's still going strong) Cream Body, Rosewood neck, Large headstock, three single coil pickups. Bit like 72 reissue but with standard fender electrics. Just waiting for the body to be sprayed... All parts found on Fleabay over the last year. Neck is a fender Custom shop, body is a squire with scratch in paintwork (hence re spray), pickups and scratch plate standard squire..

amps:
Marshall Mode Four 350 Watt four channel head,
Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab,
Marshall 1922 2x12 cab,
Marshall 1x15 Bass cab,
Marshall G100RCD 100 Watt two channel Head,
Marshall 12 Watt practice amp,
Boss ME 50 Multi Effects Unit,
De Armmond Volume pedal

And you'd be amazed how much of this I can squeeze into the back of my Ford Mondeo estate! lol!

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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:16 pm

Certif1ed wrote:Hi Pauline

Please do join my group - and treat it like it's yours, as I don't visit Facebook much these days - I can even make you an Admin if you'd like Very Happy

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Hi Cert and thanks for the offer. Very Happy

I have just joined what I think might be your club on Facebook but I'm not quite sure.
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Post by halo71 on Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:00 pm

Hello....my name is Gary. I am 38 and been playing guitar since I was about 16 or so. I only have 1 Westone right now but plan to have more in the future! I am a huge fan of Charvel and Kramer guitars but I bought my first Westone in the late 90's. Always like the way it played so I held onto it for all these years. Glad to be here though!!!

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Post by corsair on Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:24 pm

Good to see you, bro - that's a lovely guitar to BTW - I have 2 Clippers in the same shade; originally Sky Blue but now more of a teal... welcome to the gang; we've probably pushed the prices of the Westones up in the time we've been here but you can still find 'em for a reasonable price if you're patient... Shocked

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Post by halo71 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:11 am

Thanks! I am always looking for stuff here and there and trading back and forth. I am a big pawn shop junkie as well! I never see any Westones for sale around here though. 

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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:21 pm

Nah, mate - once we've got 'em, we keep 'em!! Laughing Though Bout is flicking an SLM at the moment....

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Post by halo71 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:35 pm

Though Bout is flicking an SLM at the moment....
Not sure I am following you there..... 

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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:33 pm

Oops, sorry, bro; what I meant to say was that boutjp97 - one of our fellow nutters in here - is selling on a St. Louis Music Westone...

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/ebay-f5/westone-spectrum-i-we1400rd-no-reserve-t399.htm

... interested?! Laughing

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Post by halo71 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:01 pm

I am not really in a position right now to buy anymore guitars AND stay married. I have been laid off for about 3 months now and bought a vintage Kramer a few months back and recently traded some stuff for another vintage Kramer and the Westone Dana. So I better lay low and stay off the wife's radar for a bit if you know what I mean. But unless I find a really smoking deal somewhere, my next Westone is going to be a Pantera model.....I hope so anyways! 

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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:12 pm

HA!! Welcome to my world; there's a nice Spectrum FX on NZ's Trademe at the moment and to say I'm tempted is an understatement but, like you, if I want the wife to stick around I'd better pull my head in!! Laughing But, boy - I want it badly; it's not on the list of 'spouse-approved' guitars, though so I've sort of burned my bridges there!! I'm allowed a Vantage VA912, Vantage AV310, Vantage Invader, Westone Spectrum X120 or one of the coloured fretboard Spectrums: the MX or SX. These were negotiated long ago.... Wink

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Hi...again

Post by Pete James on Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:00 am

Hi there ... been a while since I posted on the Westie forum and as such I lost my login details and have re-registered.




So...details...

Name: Pete

Age: 37

Location: Leicester, UK

First Westone: Thunder II Bass in Pearl

Latest Westone: Thunder IIIA Bass

Collection: Predominantly Thunder Basses.. I, IA, II, III, IIIA, and a Jet. I also have a IA guitar a BC Rich Beast NJ Series an Epiphone EB3, Tanglewood Rebel 4k and a Legacy Acoustic bass.. I think I have some others lying around too... Run them through a TE 715X when gigging..

So... hello... hope to speak more...

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Hello!

Post by fox on Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:40 pm

Some might know me from other "guitar-related" forums, ICW especially. Although I've been visiting Westone Forum ev'ry now and then I have not registered here until now..
So, here's the "critical info" ...

I'm from Southern part of Finland, former guitar tech of "few unknown bands" and once worked for finnish distributor of one major USA brand .. pre-sales fixing & repairing guitars and basses.
I've had Japanese guitars from 1979, including Westones and several other brands as well, my first "japanaxe" was, however, 2618-12 model Ibby Artist. Rolling Eyes
I don't know much 'bout Westones, but I'm hopin' to find info here, and if I can help someone here I'd be a very happy little fox.. So, if you'd ever need info 'bout, let's say, Jap Vantages, or vintage Ibbies, especially Artists, feel free to ask!
What comes to the guitars hangin' on the foxhole's walls, currently there is only one Westone, Prestige 150.. (I prefer maple-capped mahogany bodied 2-humbucker guitars.. Very Happy )
Warm greetings from quite chilly Finland!

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Re: Say hello...

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:13 pm

Hello Pete, Hello Fox, Smile Smile

Welcome to our happily expanding little family of Westone owners.

Fox, thank you for offering your help, it is much appreciated.

I'm not going to waffle on here but I'm sure by now that you both know what to expect me to say next, so ...

"Show us what you've got!"
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Post by corsair on Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:06 pm

...as Polly said, let's see what you've got, guys - Fox, you know a little 'bout Vantage? I have a VA900 that has been my main stage bat for 25+ years; wonderful, wonderful guitar! Currently looking for a Vantage 12 string, and an Avenger AV310...

Welcome to the loony bin.... Laughing

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Thank you, guys!

Post by fox on Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:25 am

For the warm welcome..
Loony bin.. *grin*.. let's see, I bet that this is no loonier than ICW..
Corsair, I happen to have VA 900 also, non-modded with a little bit noisy preamp.. very versatile guitar with brass sustainblock. For 12-string one you'd have to track and hunt down VA 912, which is a twelve string version of your guit. It sure is a very rare bird, here in Europe anyway. As I told, I have had a 12-string solidbody from 1979 or so, if you don't care 'bout extra effort in tuning, it is very nice sounding beast. "Skinny McGuinny" anyone? Smile
IMO, Vantages as well as Westones are definitely "sleepers" in the vintage market. Seems like Uncle Matt's axes have avoided the market hype that boosted Hoshino's main axe right from the beginning of 2000..

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Post by Steve777 on Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:59 am

Hi there Fox,

Welcome to the font of all Westone knowledge ! Good to see that you are a vantage man ... by the way, Polly has a Quest Atak bass, all of which adds to the richness of the forum !

For myself, I have Thunders 1a and 2a, A dimension 4, and a Genesis II, as well as other assorted highly strung animals ! Ask away if you need some help.

Actually, I was just going through my old record collection the other night and found a disc from a jazz / fusion guitarist from your way called Janne Schaffer. Is he still around?

Keep posting

Steve

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Janne

Post by fox on Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:30 am

Is still around, if you are fluent in swedish language, have a look:
http://www.janneschaffer.se/
Steve, you too are a fan of WW II warbirds, Mosquito & above also a Chance Vought Corsair.. Very Happy I myself rely on that "Qualified repair-fox" as my avatar.. Very Happy

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Post by Pete James on Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:09 pm

Pollyanna wrote:Hello Pete, Hello Fox, Smile Smile

Welcome to our happily expanding little family of Westone owners.

Fox, thank you for offering your help, it is much appreciated.

I'm not going to waffle on here but I'm sure by now that you both know what to expect me to say next, so ...

"Show us what you've got!"
Shocked

No
smutty remarks to that one, if you don't mind, you lot.
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Shocked Smut...Shocked What.. Shocked I have no idea.... Laughing

I was just telling the wife that I need to get my collection back together. Half of it is in the bedroom and round the house and the rest is at my studio... Give me a day or three and I'll post up some pics...

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Long time No see!

Post by toxbass on Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:50 am

Hello,

I turn my back for 2 years and when I look around you aren't there. No link on the Westone site and my moniker gone! (Whaddya mean lazy? Me? Nah.... Sleep )

I thought I'd pop and see if anyone else thought those current ebay sales don't quite ring true. Looks like I'm not the only one! The bass might have some cred. but the Thunder 2..not sure at all.

Anyway I'm Pete, drummer for 30 years (Rogers USA), now blues harp (Lee Oskars) and bass. Can't stand rehearsing, band politics or prima donna's (and I've met some real blinders). Musical tastes are pretty varied but I only seem to understand something years after it's gone out of fashion. Blues/boogie is my first love but still have a secret yearning for 70's glam stuff and the Quo will always, always hold that special place in my rock 'n' roll heart. Loved punk too. Settled on RnB for most of the drumming years. Now clowning around with a bunch of oldies in The Faces mould.

Westone History - before I was musician I used to sit at the back wondering how the hell Gorilla Ron could play the 4 string thing when he could hardly tie his one string shoe lace. So I used to go regularly to the local music shop where they tried to sell me a Westone. All I ended up with were catalogues (84 price list on the site is mine) and an unrequited love of these great instruments. Along comes ebay, a son who wants to play bass, a chance bid on a Thunder 1a. He gave up, the band need a bassist, and I worked out that Gorilla Ron was having us on all those years ago!

And now I have a little collection that I cherish. Do a bit of refurb. And still use the 1A for gigging. Only go for "Bird" logo models and then primarily from the 83/84 catalogues. With the odd exception.

The family includes;

Basses-

Thunder 1A ( 83 black) - tatty, well used, solid and reliable, just keeps on keeping on. Main live choice.
Concord 1 (84 black) - mint condition and an absolute steal. Must have been put away soon after it was bought.
Spectrum DX (86 red) - beautiful, probably better sound than the 1A. Trouble is it doesn't gig-fit comfortably for a short-*rse like me!
Thunder 1 (84 wood) - complete refurb, lovely sound now after set-up. Re-finish by furniture maker mate. But obviously not authentic. Just takes the edge off it for me.
A late model Thunder 1 - in bits, no serial number, poorly finished. Can't decide what to do with it. Its build quality compared with earlier versions is shocking.

Guitars-

Rainbow 1- (84 blond) love this, absolutely love it!
Thunder 2- (83 blue) great nick, hardly any wear, no corrosion. Speculative ebay bid, got it for no money (a better photo would have seen the price rocket!)
Concord -2-T (83 black) set up for slide and a great sound.

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Re: Say hello...

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:44 am

Hello Pete and Welcome! Smile

It's nice to see that you have come out of hibernation
Sleep to join us all here, welcome to the family! Smile

toxbass wrote: ...and the Quo will always, always hold that special place in my rock 'n' roll heart...


Aha! a man after my own heart, methinks! Wink

I'm sure you know the procedure by now, give us a look at your geetars!
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Post by corsair on Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:58 pm

Yeah, g'day Pete - good to see ya back in the fold as it were!! I'm picking that you're a Brit as the Quo were never that big in the US, and hardly register down under...

Who the hell is Gorilla Ron? Shocked

And you notice that Westone.info has dropped this forum from his links, Polly?! :?: Surprised

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Post by toxbass on Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:39 am

Ah, Gorilla Ron was a bass player in a band I was in the eighties. Great bloke. I just couldn't figure out how I could only play the drums (I'd bought into the all drummers are dim theory) and he was a guitar god. Years later I worked out that it wasn't as difficult as I'd thought.

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Hello

Post by hendrik on Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:53 pm

Hello to all Westone fan's,

I became one last year, 2008.

Name: Hendrik

Age: 43

Nationality: German

Living in beautiful Switzerland

Started playing guitar again after twenty years after recovering from a serious illness.

On a flea market I found my WESTONE CONCORD III.
One Pickup broken, guitar dirty and smelling like....
But just 80 CHF.
So I bought the guitar with the idea to use it for rebuilding it.
New Pickups etc...

But then after the cleaning and doing some research on the net I decided differently.
Now the Concord is in perfect conditions and sounds just brilliant.
Started me looking for some other Westones, so far a Spectrum SP6112 I found.

Other guitars, Fender Telecaster, Hagström XL5 and for travelling a Hohner GT3.

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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:58 pm

Hello Hendrik and Welcome! Smile

WOW! That Concord III in your avatar looks lovely! Well done for bringing her back to life!

I see that you have already tried to put some photos up in the Members Westones forum. If you don't have any success when you try again, PM me and I will sort it out for you.

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Post by halo71 on Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:43 pm

Well guess I never posted and introduced myself here. My name is Gary, I am 38 and have been playing guitar since around age 16. I've had many guitars over the years, mainly Jackson, Charvel, Kramer, a few ESP and Fenders. I bought my first Westone around 1989 or so, it's not one of the vintage types you guys have but nonetheless its a sweet player. Even with the weak pups which I need to switch out. Right now I am really only playing and collecting vintage Kramer guitars. Something about them always draws me back to them. Not playing in any bands right now. I love tweaking/modding/refinishing guitars! Have about 4 other project guitars right now including a Westone Dana Limited that I just acquired today! Smile And in the not too distant future I will be building a copy of a vintage Peavey Vandenberg out of mahogany. I am married with a 9 year old daughter that is my world! Glad to be here! And that's my story! Smile

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Hello Gary and a great big 'official' Welcome from me! Very Happy

I know that you've been around for a while now but it's always nice when someone introduces themselves in here as well. I think that it makes everyone seem less anonymous and creates a much friendlier atmosphere.

What more can I say? You know the drill by now... get some piccies up! (That's if you haven't already done so).
Sorry if I'm asking you to do something that you might already have done, but it's hard to keep track of everybody who has posted photos, without actually trawling through each and every thread/post.
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Post by halo71 on Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:59 pm

^ Yeah I think I have already posted most of my herd. Only have 2 Westones right now. And one of those is on life support! lol Just got her today and she's in bad shape!

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Post by corsair on Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:08 pm

halo71 wrote: And one of those is on life support! lol Just got her today and she's in bad shape!

Oh, boy, do we all know THAT feeling!! Welcome, Gary; love yer work!

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Post by halo71 on Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:18 pm

Thanks dude! I gotta work nights this weekend so I wont be able to do much. I will take some pics of the Dana body and post them. I kinda stopped working on it this weekend. Because I have a '89 Fender HM body I am refinishing. I just got it in primer and will have it painted next week. Then its being traded off to a friend for an Ibanez body, a Jackson neck and a few other things. I got some random parts laying around, gonna build a few mutts from them. Also got a MINT BRAND NEW Floyd Rose Discovery body. Not sure what I am gonna do with it yet. Guy I got it off of took the neck, electronics, tremolo and everything and gave me the body. He bought it brand new and done this. Said he is gonna make a "travel guitar body" and use all the parts off this body! How insane is that I thought.

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Post by Trevor on Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:04 am

Hi everyone my name is Trevor, I am Male, 46 years new & Australian.
I have recently become the proud owner of a Red 86 Spectrum SX.
Condition is reasonably good with just a few chips around the strap areas.
It has the bendmaster deluxe Trem.
One volume & one tone.
One knob is broken & the trem bar missing.
The nut has sadly been replaced with a generic locking version & is probably the biggest down fall of the guitar.
Minor fret ware & the centre pickup seems to be not working.
Volume pot also seems a bit dicky.
Only received the guitar today so early days yet.
I am a carpenter/builder by trade with a keen interest in electronics, cars, computers & of course guitars.
I dont play anymore because frankly I was never much good, however I have 2 teenage sons who both play a variety of instruments quite well. So I guess I have been relagated to being their guitar tech.
I plan to fully restore the guitar, as I seem to have a slight problem with obsessivly restoring everything I come across in life, in particular, houses, cars , surfboards & guitars.
Cheers, I'll keep you all informed on my progress.

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Re: Say hello...

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:16 am

Hello Trevor and Welcome! Smile

It's nice to see that you are hoping to bring your guitar back to life. I used to have an identical red Spectrum SX too and I can promise you that once you get it up and running again, you won't be disappointed, they are really nice guitars to play. I'm sure it might even encourage you to take up playing again.

Keep us posted on how the restoration goes and don't forget to put up lots of photos of the progress. Incidentally, I have moved your current photos to the 'Members Westones' forum.

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Post by grogg on Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:47 pm

Posted a few times so thought Id better introduce myself. Name is Greg and knocking on (49). Instrumentally started with the violin at age of 8. In teens got persuaded to pick up the bass guitar by some mates and played in a whole series of bands, was about 14 or 15 years old when I first gigged in a rock band. Picked up the 6 string in late teens to fill in with a makeshift setup.
Someone else mentioned it but really got fed up with the prima donnas and stopped playing in bands in my early 20s. Following that I got arthritic fingers which was a playing killer but thankfully that settled after a few years.

Anyway, waffle isnt my forte, first bass was of unknown make but I had it for 30 years ish, when the truss rod went and the buzzing became unbearable I ripped the frets off and played fretless.. Gave it to my niece a couple of years ago.

Since my fingers got better have been plonking away in a meaningless fashion. Did have 7 guitars, mostly poop, 2 years ago whittled that down to 2 decent ones and have now gone back up to 5! Im a recent discoverer of Westone, 2 of my 5 are Westone, both Thunder 1s (6 and 4 string).

As you may see from this I have never owned a really decent guitar.

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Re: Say hello...

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:51 pm

Hi Greg, Smile

I know we have been chatting and PM'ing for a while, but just to keep in the flow of things, a very big 'official' WELCOME from me!
Very Happy

It's always nice when someone introduces themselves even after they've been around for a while!

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Re: Say hello...

Post by anaerobe on Thu May 07, 2009 12:09 pm

Hello!

Time to introduce myself. Name's Ian - 48 - living in Winnipeg, Canada. I work in basic sciences and do more work (fun work mind you) raising 2 children.

Likes: Helping my kids through their music, and sports. They'll break you (financially) but their fun.
Dislikes: Checking my watch, thinking about my retirement. Perhaps I'll skip that part.

First guitar: 1974 Yamaha SG35 (yes, I'm a recovering Yamaholic)

Most recent guitar: Westone Spectrum DX

Guitars in family:

1974 Yamaha SG35, grover tuners, SD '59 at the neck and SD pearly gates bridge pickup
1978 Onyx (Yamaki built ?? - not confirmed by anyone) "Japanese Wing" style neck through body, dual rail humbuckers
1986 Vantage Avenger ("The Mule" - possible transition model) - TV yellow, gotoh tuners
1986 Westone x70 (check out members Westones), single coil plus humbucker config, natural finish, body truss rod adjust, maple neck.
NEW - 1985 Westone Spectrum DX, locking nut, bendmaster, snow white, body truss rod adjust, purple rosewood fretboard.
1974 Epiphone FT-130 (Matsumoku)
2008 Gibson LP standard, '60 neck, honey burst
1993 Takemine acoustic (Western)
1969-ish Yamaha acoustic (classical)

Past guitars include ESP viper, a couple of late model Samicks, Ovation 12, etc..

Music: A wide bunch of stuff. My favourite guitar - oriented rock/alt/metal/Blues etc. includes Foo Fighters, The Who, Frank Zappa (unusual lyrics aside there lurked some awesomely sophisticated music from jazz to surf to acid rock and undefinable glorious bits among that - R.I.P. Frank), Wes Montgomery, small pieces of Ted Nugent (got to be careful with that), Dream Theatre, Kinks, Rush, some selected VH, Beatles, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison early solo stuff, Pink Floyd (only for David Gilmour's solos, he's a pretty crazy diamond himself) then over to RJ Burnside ("its bad you know"), SR Vaughn, Elmore James, Albert King, Johnny Ramone (all three chords, dude) Django Reinhardt, T-bone Walker, J. Hendrix, back to the Strokes, Gary Numan, INXS, Sloan, Weezer, some of the Texas shuffle stuff (Bill Gibbons, Shawn Lane, Berry Oakley).

See the Westone x70 here:

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/members-westones-f6/x-70-joins-the-collection-now-tear-down-pics-t494.htm#3731

See the Westone Spectrum DX here:

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/members-westones-f6/my-second-westone-white-85-spectrum-dx-t541.htm

Favourite guitar: Bone-stock 1985 Spectrum DX - One of the best guitars I've ever played. Flip it over and I think even Jimi would play it.

Daily driver - 1996 Chevy Caprice 9c1 aka "Orca Boy"
Coolest vehicle - 1950 Ford F1 half-ton - implanted 7.4 litre Olds V8, thm 400 trans, Sanderson headers, 2.56 posi (see the avatar)

Sports - Competitive swimming (many moons ago), distance running to stave off obesity

Very good site, this. Nice folks.


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Post by Steve777 on Thu May 07, 2009 2:29 pm

Great story and very comprehensive guitar family. Always liked the Yamaha SG range, especially the one known as the the Flying Samurai. It was the era when the Japanese started to breakaway from straight copying to develop innovative designs.

Tell us more about the pink latex!

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Post by anaerobe on Thu May 07, 2009 2:41 pm

What a Face Ha, the "pink" reference was for paint colour - a gentle jibe for a few members who gravitate to that shade. rabbit

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Post by kebabage on Mon May 11, 2009 10:52 am

Hello all, my name is Joe or Kebabage, whatever you like!
I'm 19, from the midlands (UK) and have been playing guitar 5 years now, my fave bands are Dinosaur Jr and Pearl Jam.
My guitars are as follows:
Westone Thunder Jet (this was bought TODAY! Absolutely mint, the guitar was very well looked after, but was sold to a pawn shop and then me, all original)
Fender Jazzmaster '62 Reissue (I bought this late last year and adore it, its sunburst with tort pickguard)
Wolf Les Paul (My 2nd guitar I ever bought, after a cheap encore strat. Its a very nice looking LP and not very common, though top notch)
Westone Thunder Jet Bass (I picked this one up cheap at a car boot, it wasnt looked after too well but plays nice)
Tanglewood TW 704 acoustic (Again, this one was picked up at a car boot but I'm not too keen on it)

My brother has a great collection of these guitars:
Westone Spectrum DX (Quite hard to come by, a great guitar though pretty used, black)
Westone Clipper (Not entirely sure which version, but its beautiful and white)
Westone Concorde Bass (Sadly this one has no headstock decal, but the serial ends in 666! Twisted Evil)

I'll get a picture of the 5 Westones together eventually! I'm also a member at the Offset Guitars Forum

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Post by Guest on Mon May 11, 2009 11:52 am

Hello Joe and Welcome! Smile

Aw, I've got another 'bairn' in the family!
Laughing I'm not going to call you 'Kebabage' if you don't mind, I much prefer Joe because my own son is called Joe too!

Wow!
Shocked Well done on your acquisition - why can't I ever find anything like that?

Your brothers' collection sounds sweet too... please, please find out if his Clipper is the Clipper Six model, and if he wants to part with it? They are my favourite Westones' and I would give my eye teeth to have another one!

I'm now assuming here that you know what you have to do next... put some photos up in the Members Westones forum!
cyclops cyclops

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Post by kebabage on Mon May 11, 2009 1:20 pm

Hello Pauline, I had a suspicion you may reply to my post, as you seem to be a very active member here! Very Happy
Sadly, the Clipper looks to be a CL4112, I wish you good luck on getting another Clipper Six, they must be as common as rocking horse dropping!

I'm currently in love with my Thunder Jet family! The guitar has seriously hot pickups, it can hold a note almost infinately! It hasn't got the nicest clean sound, but thats what the Jazzmaster is for! Razz

I'll get a Westone family pic up sometime tomorrow or the day after, as I am camera-less tonight!

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Post by corsair on Mon May 11, 2009 3:58 pm

Hi there, Joe; I'd like to see all the Westones as well; I have 2 CL4112's and I'm a huge Spectrum fan as well!!

Welcome! Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Mon May 11, 2009 7:30 pm

kebabage wrote:Hello Pauline, I had a suspicion you may reply to my post, as you seem to be a very active member here! Very Happy

Ha, ha, Joe! Am I that predictable? confused I've got to be around a fair bit to keep you guys under control; it's my job! Laughing

Bummer about the Clipper but I still live in hope! bounce

Looking forward to seeing your photos Joe.
Very Happy

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Post by DuoFuzz on Tue May 19, 2009 8:57 am

Since I've put some posts up about my Thunder 1 I thought I should introduce myself to the site properly.

My name Dan, Im 31 and I currently living in the terminally dull council estate hell that is Longbenton, on the outskirts of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK. I've been trying to play guitar since I was 9, and got my love of guitars and music from my dad. He used to play me and my brother Steve, his collection of old blues, rock and country LP's constantly, encouraging to play along on his old Avon Les Paul copy.

I have never played in a band or professionally, just for my own enjoyment and for the hell of it! I have taught myself to maintain my own guitars over the years and modify them when the mood takes me. I have to confess at this point that I'm a hoarder and a bit of a Womble! I like buying cheap secondhand guitars and fixing them up when I'm able to, but I can't seem let go of them when they are done Rolling Eyes , I think you can see where this is heading!

I now have 24 guitars in my personal collection!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked I know, I know, I need help (and the GAS anonymous helpline!). It doesn't stop either, between me, my brother and my dads guitars we inherited, that's 51 guitars!!! (and counting). I wont bore you with the full list that has the usual Squiers and Epiphones, but some of the one's that may interest members here include:

My two Thunder 1's.
A 1980 Aria Pro II CS 250 (uncle mat era).
An '86 Ibanez Roadstar II RS 135.
An early 80's Hondo "Fender Lead II" copy.
A big Hondo Jazzer
Satellite Les Paul copy.
Avon Les Paul copy.
And last but not least, a an odd but cool Jedson Tele type thing!?! Suspect .

I also have a vast collection of FX pedals mostly plundered from EvilBay. This now totals 100+ but recent job loss has put pay that fun.

So There you go, my hobby, and the only thing that keeps me sane (for now).

Am I having fun...yes, has it got out of hand...yes, and do I care....NO Twisted Evil !

DAN.

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Post by Guest on Tue May 19, 2009 11:10 am

Woo Hoo Dan, Smile

You've got it bad mate!
Rolling Eyes

I think you will need some strict counseling from 'Aunty Polly' here.
Wink

I might just have to persuade you to let me come and have a look at this addiction of yours and maybe find some way to relieve you of some of the enormous pressure that this hoard is obviously putting on you. It's for your own good (and mine) that you give up these nasty addictions immediately! Laughing

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Post by DuoFuzz on Tue May 19, 2009 12:10 pm

They're mine all mine, Ah ha ha ha. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

No seriously, I couldn't bring myself to part any of them, I like them to much. It's feels good to now that you've fixed or saved something that would otherwise be ruined by people who really shouldn't be allowed lovely shiny guitars.

Same goes with the pedals, you can spend 30 quid on one fully knowing that it's worth more. Some of mine are investments, the pedal scene is crazy right now. So one day I might cash some in, you never know. One thing is for sure, if I get buried with them it's going to be a bloody big hole! Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post by north-west-one on Tue May 19, 2009 4:50 pm

I have been reading postings on this site now for a few weeks and decided to take the plunge. Before I introduce my self I would like to say hello to all contributers around the world who share a passion for these guitars. From Australia to New Zealand, USA, Europe and of course the UK it would seem that the Westone guitar has captured the imagination, desire, affection and also the cash in our wallets!!!
My name is Fraser and with a name like that I could only come from Scotland. I have been playing guitar since the mid 70's and although as a teenager played in some bands I have been an at home player for most of my playing life. My first real guitar was an Ibanez Musician MC300 which I purchased in Glasgow in 1978 and still have to this day. Many years past and it was not untill my son Tom (15) decided that he was going to be a "Guitar God" that I turned my attention back to guitars. His first guitar was a Dean Baby Z which although not brilliant kept him away from my prized Ibanez. (Sticky fingers etc, etc.). It was with his first part time job wage that he decided to purchase a better "Axe" and with him still using my Ibanez "on the fly" I talked him in to buying a pre-owned Ibanez Musician MC 300 Limited Edition 1978 from Guitar Guitar in Glasgow. This was a significant purchase as not only was this guitar limited to 150 being built in the world but it was only sold in Germany. (Internet research after the event) Lucky boy indeed. More significantly was that this got me thinking about starting a guitar collection and my introduction to the Westone brand.
Having initally thought about how to go about this and which name/brand to go for I decided that a Fender or two would be a good starting point. I had always wanted a Stratocaster but felt that they were too common and not unique enough. That was untill the Stratocaster VG was launched in 2007. This I felt would be a good investment guitar and luckily after two years they have stoped production so my boy will hopefully inherit a guitar that will be quite rare in the future. I also added a Telecaster Deluxe to the stable which I picked up in the States before the pound droped like a stone.
I came accross the Westone site by accident and after reading a few reviews I thought that this might be the way to go. E-bay came to the rescue and also the free to advertise Gumtree web site. I now have six Westones and a quite rare Ibanez Ghostrider 520 from 1993 thanks to E-bay/Gumtree.
Now to cut to the chaise, the Westones are:
Paduak 1-1981-Nov.
Thunder 2-1981-Jul
Thunder 1a-1982-Oct
Concord 2-1983-Sept
Spectrum LX-1985-July
Spectrum MX-1985-Nov
All are in good condition with only a new jack socket required on the Spectrum LX (the guitar only cost me £40) and a whammy bar.
All are also unique in their sound and feel which is great. The Concord is on par with my Stratocaster and it cost a fraction of the price and is 24 years older!!!! That must say some thing about the quality of these guitars.
Anyway enough of my ramblings. Hope you have enjoyed my story as much as I have enjoyed yours.
Untill the next time,
Fraser.

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Post by corsair on Tue May 19, 2009 5:24 pm

Hiya, Fraser - welcome to the nuthouse! Nice back story, too but I've gotta say, you're being a bit of a tease here, eh - we live to look at other people's guitars so please put 'em up for us to look at!
I had an Ibanez 2380 in about 1978 which lasted all of about 3 days; god it was awful so I went back to my telecaster which I used as a trade for my Vantage and I've never looked back, ie never owned anything but Matsumoku guitars with the exception being my old lap steel and a Strat which has been made into a proper guitar!! Laughing
Westones in particular, and Matsumoku in general, are a great instrument and I suppose that even though a lot of 'em are now being bought as investments, at least they're being treasured by their new owners. All of mine have at some stage been sweated on and abused onstage at some point and they do seem to thrive on the experience!!
Look forward to seeing your beauties, my friend and chatting some more...

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Post by Steve777 on Tue May 19, 2009 5:41 pm

Hi there Fraser and Welcome!

I'm based down here in the Midlands but quite often look at Gumtree Glasgow on line. There was a couple of £50 Westones on there recently (a Spectrum and a Thunder in think) which you probably bought !

Nice to see that you an early Thunder 2. Brilliant guitar ! Well nice collection all round. I know Polly will have personal accident when she sees that you have a Paduak.

Lets see some pics eh !

Steve

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Post by Guest on Tue May 19, 2009 5:57 pm

Hello Fraser and Welcome! Smile

Cool story and even cooler collection... let me see, let me see!!!!
bounce bounce bounce

Okay Steve, as soon as I saw that Fraser had a Paduak, my little eyes lit up!
Very Happy Have you noticed though, NOBODY here seems to have a Clipper Six! Where did they all go to I wonder? scratch

Anyway Fraser, you know what you have to do next... get those photos up please!

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Post by corsair on Tue May 19, 2009 11:11 pm

...just to hijack the thread a bit, but there are some that seem to be almost mythical, like the X-70 and then 2 turn up within a week of each other!! What about the Danas - there's precious few of those in here, and has anyone apart from David even actually seen a Monark?! There's plenty out there to find, eh, kiddies!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post by anaerobe on Tue May 26, 2009 12:13 am

Hey Fraser,

Welcome... that's a regular pile of Westones!!

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