XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by Iceman on Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:38 pm

The Chad wrote:Well I called about it. Trouble is it's about 4 hrs away from me!!!

Fug-gedda-bowd-it then Chad. 'Preciate the call though...

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:31 am

some guitars just seem destined for abuse.... Sad
poor ole westie, like rodney dangerfield, don't get no respect!



the box was plenty messed up by the USPS, but the body made it without any damage other than what was done by the previous owner. i'll post more pics elsewhere around here, but here is a quick look.


turns out to be a Seymour Duncan pickup in the bridge (59BJ on the back). the middle and neck pickups look to be replacements as well. not sure what they might be. i found a westone neck that should be perfect for this and should arrive here shortly. i should be able to put it all together to make a working guitar again. not exactly as original, but a good player in any case. Cool

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by beavis on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:07 am

Gosh, poor thing..

Looks great though. And now, probably for the first time ever, this guitar is in good hands :bball:

Price-wise, that seymour in the bridge already makes it a steal. My girlfriend once offered me a sweet Korean guitar, turned out it had a seymour duncan in the bridge and a dimarzio in the neck (both remain unidentified to this day though).

Do you intend to keep or replace those pickups btw? Looking forward to the result of all of this!


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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by drsyn67 on Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:54 am

Holy CR@P they killed it! Mike - I should have added more filling to that box and not relied on the double walls of the interior to keep it safe. Then again, that may be the only thing that saved it. Good luck with it - make her roar!

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Post by The Chad on Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:40 am

Hopefully your new neck will work just fine. What's it from, a late model Spectrum?

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:30 am

The Chad wrote:Hopefully your new neck will work just fine. What's it from, a late model Spectrum?

yes, a spectrum but don't know exactly what model. does look to be a korean made neck. it has a scarf joint, and sticker on the machine head for serial number. should be a perfect fit i would guess.

it is one of those things, you think to yourself, 'i haven't seen any westone necks for sale on ebay for a long time, just that one way-overpriced guy that's been there forever.'

and then, SURPRISE! just like that. the exact thing i need appears, and even for a good deal, about $40, delivered. that is for the neck w/ tuners, string lock, truss rod cover, six tuners, undamaged headstock too. only item missing is the nut, but the other neck has one i can use.

between the old and the new, everything i need is there. the only differences will be the new one is a reverse, and has chrome hardware.

not really much of a problem i'd say. should be fun and easy project. Very Happy

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by The Chad on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:37 am

Alright man, good score. Reverse heads are better looking anyway IMO, much more edgey ya know?! Should work a treat and fit just great, like Beavis said, you're the best friend that guitar ever had.

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:59 am

The Chad wrote: like Beavis said, you're the best friend that guitar ever had.

Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

nice of you to say

since some peoples thinks i'm crazy .... >>> clown <<<

or scratch they wonder ....

Suspect what's he building in there?

lol! lol!

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by drsyn67 on Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:06 am

~ awesome Tom Waits reference, Mike!

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Re: XA1430 Corsair - poor guy

Post by drsyn67 on Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:39 am

Remember this story from four years ago... newbie buys broken headstock XA1430 Corsair for prominent member on the forum, lives to regret it?  (I didn't regret getting it for him... just knew that I would regret not keeping it).  Later this morning I'm making one of "those" drives to pickup the sister of this instrument... same color, same year (1987), only difference is chrome knobs. My stable of Westones is still the two Dynastys, a Spectrum DX (so comfy!) and an Electra Workingman. Once the robin has left the nest, it may be family photo time. I've read the repeated mentions of the great necks on these, and mixed reviews on the pickups and switches  (you know what they say about opinions)... now I'm wishing I had plugged-in the original 5-string purchase to know if I'm in lust, or not.  My biggest concern is the pickups will sound muffly like inactive EMGs.  Hoping against logic that this 1430 will have similar crunch like a Corsair 7470 signature... like this guys:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7fJwrnzTgU

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