Alrighty gents, time to cowboy up and suck it in... (x350 on the 'bay)

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Post by Iceman on Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:05 pm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Matsumoku-Built-1986-Westone-Pantera-X350-24-fret-electric-guitar-/270860214686?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f1086e19e

Dap9's friend finally surfaced on e(vil)bay. Welcome to the spectacle ....

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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:13 pm

not for me - not guitars till after christmas. Although maybe my gal will buy it for me for xmas

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Post by Westbone on Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:49 am

sarcaster wrote:not for me - not guitars till after christmas. Although maybe my gal will buy it for me for xmas

How many 350ma's do you need, you've one already.

Let the bidding wars begin...... affraid Laughing

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:08 pm

This will be an interesting one to watch. I like the axe but will watch and see on this one. Good Luck all

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Post by TVill25 on Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:06 pm

having an x390 and a FX makes this interesting What a Face

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:49 pm

No bids yet - Is everyone sniping?


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Post by Westbone on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:13 pm

Not me, one's enough. There's only 48 affraid

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:19 pm

Westbone wrote:Not me, one's enough. There's only 48 affraid

yours is very nice, but there has to be a part of ya that wants 2 of the 48. I know I want it - but will not be bidding Smile xmas overrules

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Post by Westbone on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:24 pm

In all seriousness no, ones enough. There's plenty of other guitar I'd like though.

I wonder how many of the x350's have factory active's though???
In fact I've never tried mine without the batteries as it's supposed to be an active tone control and not a boost.
There's no active on/off switch.
Think I'll try it tomorrow see what the difference is ?

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:26 pm

Mine's passive - would love to hear a play by play comparrison - WestoneFest?

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:44 pm

Still no bids - someone's gotta be reaching for this. Either last minute bid, or behind the scene offers? The one thing I don;t like about this one is in the pics there is a lack of flame showing. That could be lighting an angle, but looks a bit plain compared to others.

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Post by Iceman on Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:51 pm

I agree with you about the wood quality Sarc. The cross graining is very noticeable as well and the grain itself seems less fine than yours, Damian's and Mike's.

I am really fighting this one to be honest. I know full well if I dive in I will be committing to a resto that I may have to sink another half or better of the winning price into it to get it where it needs to be. And if the wood quality really is as poor as it appears in the pics, well...

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:25 pm

Iceman wrote:I agree with you about the wood quality Sarc. The cross graining is very noticeable as well and the grain itself seems less fine than yours, Damian's and Mike's.

I am really fighting this one to be honest. I know full well if I dive in I will be committing to a resto that I may have to sink another half or better of the winning price into it to get it where it needs to be. And if the wood quality really is as poor as it appears in the pics, well...

Just to gauge for those into the bid. i think my has a nice flame, but no where near as nice as Westbone's. West's hardware is also healthier looking than mine - in fact I would love to have his guitar and I think his has the active PUP's. That being said, looks aside it is an awesome guitar. Awesome sounding with the passive, very 70's HB mellow type sound. Mine needed a lot of work - refret, new inlays, and planing of the fretboard. So While I think I got a good deal on the guitar, the neck work, which I was not able to do my self put mine at about a grand - and I think it is worth it. I don;t mind dings and scratches - I just want perfect nect and function.

So good luck to the buyer! If ya can snipe it at 500, and clean it up for a few - then that's awesome. If it wasn;t Xmas time, I would bid a bit more now that I am learning do do a lot of this work myself. I would even think of refinishing it (blasphemy towards the purists I know - and I thought of doing it to mine) but how cool would a green or blue flame look on one of these things!

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Post by Iceman on Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:38 pm

If I could snipe it at $500 I would do it in a half a heartbeat. Unfortunately $500 is only his starting price and I would bet the reserve has to be at least a grand or better on this one.

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:43 pm

Iceman wrote:If I could snipe it at $500 I would do it in a half a heartbeat. Unfortunately $500 is only his starting price and I would bet the reserve has to be at least a grand or better on this one.

Probably true.

But how cool would it to see the flame in a new colour> Oh yeah

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Post by hobster on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:07 pm

Iceman wrote:If I could snipe it at $500 I would do it in a half a heartbeat. Unfortunately $500 is only his starting price and I would bet the reserve has to be at least a grand or better on this one.

Exactley. I'd snag that baby for 5 bills anyday even though its almost Christmas and i'd have to sleep in the shed for a few days. I'm sure the reserve is way up there. No bids yet - but you know it will get bids sooner or later.

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Post by Westbone on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:25 pm

Westbone wrote:In all seriousness no, ones enough. There's plenty of other guitar I'd like though.

I wonder how many of the x350's have factory active's though???
In fact I've never tried mine without the batteries as it's supposed to be an active tone control and not a boost.
There's no active on/off switch.
Think I'll try it tomorrow see what the difference is ?

Tried it without the batteries, no go, dead as.
Also had a good look inside at the guts. The tone control is a dual (stacked) potentiometer.
The only other one I've heard about is the one in the reveiw.
http://www.westoneguitars.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Pantera-X350MA.jpg

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Post by Warrn on Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:28 pm

Surprised at how negative the review is for the X790, but the way it's described sounds like I need one...

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Post by PaulS on Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:00 am

Warrn wrote:Surprised at how negative the review is for the X790, but the way it's described sounds like I need one...

Also surprised to read the stats on the X790 - 10lbs in weight with a thick neck. I had believed it to be lightweight and with a skinnier neck!

I would also love to find out - still looking!

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Post by The Chad on Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:00 am

I hereby concurr with you all. I'd seen this thing as soon as it was posted and was waiting to see who noticed! $500 starting bid with reserve = lotsa money as Ice said! Looks like a great playable 350, but I'm not going after it either.

As a testament to the durability of these instruments, the "skip across the dance floor" seems not to have bothered the guitar at all?! Nice.

Somebody treat yourself to this thing! Just buy it for your Wife as a Christmas gift. Laughing

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:39 pm

He's got some new pics that show a bit more of the flame. I thought it looked a bit plain at first, but the flame sometimes needs the right angle in photos. I emailed the guy to offer on the original PUP covers, but he says he will include in the guitar purchase, anyway one is good and one is faded in the new pics. I still ain't going for it before xmas, but if I didn;t have one already I would really like to know what his reserve is, and then maybe the paycheck after xmas i would do it. And if I did do it, i know it will kill the purists, But I would sand it down and make a new 350MA colour out of it.

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Post by Iceman on Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:40 pm

I wonder if he is trying to generate interest with the questions he is posting and replying to in the auction listing. Check this out...




Q: Hello, I have been on a few westone/matsumoku message boards where people are claiming to have had contact with you about ending the auction early. I am not asking you to end the auction early because that is a violation of ebay rules on my part although you don't have a bid yet so you certainly are within the rules should you choose to end your auction. I am asking that if you do decide to end the auction please email me and let me have a crack at the guitar. I am watching your auction and plan on making a bid if the guitar stays in the range that I am willing to pay. I already own 2 of the 48 made and sure would like 3. Hopefully those guys on the message boards are just blowing smoke but I just wanted to be sure I get a chance at it just in case they are not. Thanks. Dec-01-11

A: I've had several interesting emails during this auction. The auction will run to the end. I updated pictures to show factory case and pickup covers. This guitar is a real keeper, I just have way too much gear. Thanks for the interest.



I am on any and all boards/forums that could reasonably be called Westone/Matsumoku and haven't seen any of that. D'ya think he is making that up or...

Anybody here going for their 3rd x350 and care to 'fess up now?




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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:02 pm

I'll admit to one of the interesting emails he got. I asked to buy the pickup covers since mine don;t have the W anymore. I did also suggest that he put better pics up showing the flame. Who here has 2? Westy?

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Post by Iceman on Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:07 pm

sarcaster wrote:I'll admit to one of the interesting emails he got. I asked to buy the pickup covers since mine don;t have the W anymore. I did also suggest that he put better pics up showing the flame. Who here has 2? Westy?

I did see that Sarc and assumed it was you. I only posted the longer one as it seems to hype things quite a bit and rings as not true as written.

And unless I am totally mistaken, i really doubt that is Damian by any stretch of one's imagination.

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:14 pm

no worries - I ain't bidding- but if it is still up after tax return time then game on folks - I want to strip one down and add some colour!

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