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Re: x390 on eBay

Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:50 am

many of us here have more than just westone guitars. i have a collection of over 100 japanese guitars, Matsumoku and others...

post up some pics and whatever you want to share about them in the Non-Westone section. you can get the conversation started and see who responds. that is pretty much how it all works.

in case you haven't discovered some of the related forums, check out these others...
matsumoku forum
electra forum

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Re: x390 on eBay

Post by Iceman on Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:01 pm

+1 to Mike's comments Chris. I don't mean to sound like I am discouraging you from posting pics as the Non-Westone section means just that.

More than a few of us are active on the other Forums Mike provided links to, you can find me on all of them as well as 5 or 6 others, but I am most active on this one and the Electra and Mats sites.

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OK what about this question?

Post by christoyoyo on Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:50 pm

i have a question, as you guys seem very knowledgeable. within the price range of this guitar recently... what other guitars wuold you put it up against? as far as features, collectability go? even future colectability? within this pricerange? i guess 1000-2000 us dollars? i'm yet to find one as detail oriented as this, without mentioning the banned woods this is constructed of used in this guitar at a constitent price, new at all. i hope this question appeals to someone who is willing to give their perspective, i'm yet to come up with much at all

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Re: x390 on eBay

Post by Iceman on Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:12 pm

To tell you the truth Chris I do not think there is a builder out there that can match the quality of the Westone line as a whole at the pricepoint that they can be had for today. I have a very good bud who plays regularly in a band throughout the Mnpls./St. Paul metro area and he recently got a new guit that comes close on the quality but at a greater price if you want me to attempt an apples to apples comparison.

He got a Carvin from their custom shop having tweaked it according to the options they offer. It is a very handsome instrument, plays nice and smooth, and the build quality is as good as most PRS's that I have seen up close. And he still ended up forking out near to $2200 when the dust settled.

And it still does not quite meet the quality from a build standpoint of many of my Westones. I have 2 Electras from the 70's that it nearly matches and one that it still cannot quite reach. Electronics and pups... sure, that Carvin edges out the technology built back in the 70's and 80's, as a whole though... not to my eyes.

But when you consider that a Spectrum FX from early 1986 is still an overall "better" guitar and it can be had at near or less than a quarter of the price of what you are comparing it to... you can make your own mind up on that one.

Just my $0.02 now, mind you.

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OHHH ICEMAN!

Post by christoyoyo on Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:16 am

you know i never considerd comparing them to carvin. but if anyone was going to come close i can see your point. it really would be them, prs i am not their grearest fan, but carvin, now you've mentioned it is such an a1 choice! I had a good friend wanting to trade me for my black 1980 ibanez artist for a dc150 i believe the dc was from 1985, fire engine red, ebony fret board, the only reason i didn't is because it had some type of sd pickups in it. they were so harsh, they actually hurt my ears at low volume if that makes any sense to you. i did own a neck thru carvin bass however constructed in october 1985, what a gorgrous guitar.. it was pearl white, ebony fretboard and even had a kahler trem, i thought i'd never use it on a bass, but after getting familiar with it, it was perfectably useable. but the red 6 strin i mentioned, was an incredible guitar. i could still trade it with him for the artist. the artist has emgs in it but i also have the origional pickups from it also. i thought about putting the stock pups from the carvin back in it, as they came with the trade as well,but never really "loved" carvin pups.at least so far..he had the sd models made for carvin by semour duncan, rather like the "custom" ibanezes still do 16 pole..never heard them before probably great pups, never known sd to make a "bad" custom pup for anyone yet...but man an almost mint 1980 ibanez artist (ar50" but with all the trimmings, binding on the neck and body mop inlays on the headstock, never looks like it was touched is soooooo hard to part with, and i didn't mention the orig case. which the carv came with too..but it just didn't feel quite the same.. i do "swap out " the two guitars with him from time to time though, and your suggestion
(my 2 c worth ) was as close as anyone would ever get.. man i love this conversation, thanks a million,chris

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Re: x390 on eBay

Post by GtrGeorge! on Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:36 am

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