Does a painted Westone have laminated centre

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Does a painted Westone have laminated centre

Post by devokewater on Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:17 pm

Hi
I'm new here so partly introducing myself and having fallen in love with these old guitars, I have decided to jump in and get one.
I really like the wood laminated finish but have seen a coloured one which, I think, may not be an original colour.
The question is, do all Westones have that amazing lamination up the middle, painted or not, or would a coloured one lack this. I am quite happy to strip it down and would then take the body back to wood and apply a finish like some of those I have seen. It's a Thunder 1 1982 as far as I can tell.
Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Does a painted Westone have laminated centre

Post by Iceman on Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:57 pm

Welcome to you. Check out the Thunder section of the archives here and let us know if you see yours...

http://www.westoneguitars.net/guitars/thunder/

You picked a heckuva nice model to get your feet wet with. Looking forward to some pics of it in the future.
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Re: Does a painted Westone have laminated centre

Post by devokewater on Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:48 am

Hi

Thanks for the prompt reply.
It's certainly the model with one switch instead of 3 by the knobs so it could be the dark one of the 1 series.
If it is and I stripped the paint off, am I likely to find the laminated central piece or would the coloured on just be from a solid piece of wood, do you think?
A bit like exposing an old fireplace and either finding a spledid hidden inglenook - or nothing special!
You guys have really got me into this, I've just seen a thunder 1 bass (with a strange configuration for the machine heads) in the next town so - well I better have that as well. I can see how this thing get's a bit addictave.

It's not a good front shot but all I have.
It looks dark blue but possibly black from the back.


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Re: Does a painted Westone have laminated centre

Post by bowenjaybee on Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:29 am

Yeah I've seen that on ebay. looks like a late 1981 / early '82 Thunder so it will be laminated under that dodgy home paint job for sure, like the one in my Avatar>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Post by grogg on Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:46 pm

+1 especially as you can make out the walnut/maple stripes on the rear photo
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Re: Does a painted Westone have laminated centre

Post by devokewater on Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:36 pm

yea, i'm beginning to see that.

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