Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

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Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

Post by Brainfertilizer on Mon May 23, 2011 12:01 pm

Not sure if I should post it here or in the general section, but I nabbed a Westone Villain Modulus Graphite for $225 shipped this morning.

When bored, I do searches on Craigslist, of course, but I've also had some good luck with Music Go Round and Guitar Center. I got the Yellow Challenger from Music Go Round for $200 shipped last week, as I mentioned, and that was well worth it. I've pretty much gotten to the point where I just search for Westones and Vantages, and occasionally Matsumoku.

Well, Wednesday I was bored and as I ran through my searches, I saw a Westone Villain Modulus Graphite as a New Arrival on Guitar Center at Edina, MN.

There was one on Craigslist I was considering. I also had a bid in on the one on eBay. But that one was already at $250, my max was $300, and this one was just $200. At worst, I could decide which one I liked best and sell the other. So I called them and told them I wanted it.

They finally got back with me this morning. The manager said it was in as close to mint condition as you can imagine for a 20-year-old guitar. Electronics all work, no major dings, no fretwear...and of course the neck is straight! He said they couldn't find a comparison price for it at the time they listed it, so they put $200 on it. I must have put in my intent to buy within an hour or two. He said that if I wanted to, I could part it out and get $100-150 for the trem alone, and maybe $500 for just the neck. I told him I had no intent to part it out, it was for my collection and I wanted to keep it for my own playing pleasure. He gave a great sigh of relief, said it was too good a guitar to get parted out.

So how do I attach a picture?

The best way to see it is if you just go to Guitar Center and do a search on "Westone" with no location. Not sure how much longer it will be on their website, however.

I had a sparkly dark red Alvarez Modulous Graphite that I sold (and lost $50 bucks on the whole process!!! Mad ) because the Dan Armstrong pickups were way too quiet, and I need money to fuel the Hamer addiction I had at that time. This one has EMG Select, which I've had on another guitar...they aren't too bad. This one is graphite, which is a cool color, but I'll have to keep my eyes out for a red one, too, because that sparkly dark red is just about my favorite color for a guitar.

If you do the search to see the picture, also note the '90 Spectrum I Deluxe. I've been thinking about that one, too. The Guitar Center picture makes the sunburst finish look pretty cheesy, which is probably a good part of why it hasn't sold. But the sunburst sure looks good in the '90 catalog, what with the flamed maple top: http://www.westone.info/cats/sign/09.html I'm just not sure what I think of the Bendmaster "Floyd Rose" trem. I was very impressed with the single coil sound (especially in the quack positions) on the Challenger, but those were Stylist pickups (premium?) that this guitar probably does not have. So I haven't pulled the trigger yet...

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Re: Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

Post by The Chad on Mon May 23, 2011 2:10 pm

Great score once again Brain, sounds like it'll be a good one!

To post pics, here's what I do.

Save the images to my computer.
Go to our beloved forums, either post a reply or start a new thread.
See the bar of icons? Click the one that looks like a poloroid picture with a computer disk, it'll say "Host and Image" when you rest your cursor on it. So click it.
It brings up a window for "Upload your image". Click "Browse..."
Find your photo, double click it, and then click the "Host it" button.
Click the copy button that's to the right of "Image:" option.
Go back to your posting, right click and paste.
Click preview at the bottom to ensure that it's there.
Repeat for multiple photos.
When satisfied, click "Send" and wait for it to show you your completed post.

This is real easy and quick to do, just sounds complicated. Takes me about 10 seconds to do. So get your pics up on here!


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Re: Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

Post by Iceman on Mon May 23, 2011 4:03 pm

NUTS!!! I was down to "the cities" (Minnesotan for Minneapolis, St. Paul & surrounding suburbs) about 2 weeks ago and was in that very store.

No Villain though. Crying or Very sad Sad

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Westone Villain Graphite picture

Post by Brainfertilizer on Mon May 23, 2011 9:11 pm


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Re: Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

Post by The Chad on Tue May 24, 2011 8:17 am

Alright! She looks mean, I like it a lot. Cool

Let us know how she sounds.

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Re: Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

Post by Iceman on Tue May 24, 2011 8:35 am

A toast to my timing....... may it all be bad.

Great score Brain. Congrats. cheers

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Re: Score! '90 Westone Villain Graphite!

Post by Brainfertilizer on Tue May 24, 2011 11:02 am

I do think the manager was a little exaggerating on its value.
If you could get $500 for just the neck on eBay, then the Villain Graphite that was on eBay last week would have gone for way more than $310.
And I wouldn't have lost money 2 years ago on my Alvarez Graphite.
And the Villain Graphite on Craigslist where they are asking for $400 wouldn't still be available more than month later.

But the eBay price of $310 for a damaged guitar indicates this one is at least $100, maybe $150 underpriced. But it should be a keeper. If I don't bond with it, I'll offer it up here first.

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