NGD and Hello from Scotland

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NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by bigneil on Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:46 pm

Hi guys, I'm new here. So hello from bonny Scotland Wink .


I just sniped a Westone mockingbird copy off ebay... cheap n cheerful at £56.

I always wanted a funky shaped guitar.

Anybody else owned or played one of these.


here is a picture of another one from google images ... I promise some proper pics once it arrives.



Oddly, The one i just bought also has a cream pickup in the neck and a covered pickup in the bridge.

I did a little reading up on Westone before I bought it, and I am aware that It probably was built in korea or china in the late 90's and may not be considered a true Westone by Purists, I figure it won't matter if I modify it slightly, I plan on adding a tone control and I might change out the pickups but I'll give the ones it comes with a chance first. Cool

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:20 pm

Hello and Welcome neil, I tried out one of these in a dreaded CashConverters shop once before I discovered the Westone brand, it felt like a £50 guitar and I wasnt even sure it was made from wood....my guess would have been some kinda fibreglass....or mdf.
there is something about that shape though....

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by bigneil on Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:30 pm

Sgt. Vimes wrote:Hello and Welcome neil, I tried out one of these in a dreaded CashConverters shop once before I discovered the Westone brand, it felt like a £50 guitar and I wasnt even sure it was made from wood....my guess would have been some kinda fibreglass....or mdf.
there is something about that shape though....

LOL, if it turns out to be total crap, I'll sell it on and save up for a proper westie or BC Rich.

a lot of those late 80's early 90's budget guitar were made out of plywood....heavy and 2 thirds of the mass is Glue.

I'm certainly under no illusions about the sort of quality I'm expecting from it, I just remember having a westie years ago that I liked and thought it would be fun.

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by Iceman on Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:19 am

Ahh... a fellow hairy-arsed brother in cups! Welcome to ye'laddie, a quick pint for you to knock the dust back... Drink Beer

If I can just rouse my dear mukker Hoax from his self-inflicted stupor we'll dust off the quaich for a proper dram of welcome!

Beer Buddies



Yeah you are guessing correctly... I am the head nutcase 'round these parts. Welcome again, though. Very Happy

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by bigneil on Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:52 am

Now thanks for the fine welcome Iceman Very Happy (Slàinte) <clink>

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by corsair on Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:12 am

Settle down in the drunken Celtic corner, please....

G'day, bigneil and welcome here. Yeah, sorry but the Mockingbird copy isn't really all that worthy of carrying the Westone name; even an old Spectrum ST probably would knock lumps off it but all the same, I would be interested to know what you think about it from a players and playing POV, eh!

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by bigneil on Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:32 pm

I have been thinking about this a bit, and I have decided that If the body is utter rubbish then I might use it as a template to make a nice new wooden body, but only if the neck is usable...If i did take on something like that, it would be a first for me. Oh the possibilities

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by The Chad on Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:01 am

Throw some bright pink tiger stripes on it, add some hot humbuckers, and make it a crazy stage guitar!

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by Barry on Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:10 pm

Strange little beast. No tone pot on a 2-pup geetar?

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:22 pm

"I am Dyslexic of Borg. Resemblance is fertile. You will be laminated."

Roll on Floor Laff superb!

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by gittarasaurus on Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:28 pm

i have a Deltatone guitar that has no tone controls. 3-way switch, 2 volume controls.

i exchanged a few emails with the owner of the deltatone company. among the things he mentioned was, the thinking behind no tone control was that the vast amount of tone processors available to modern guitarists made onboard tone control unnecessary.

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by bigneil on Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:43 pm

yea, you can always tweek the tone knobs on the amp. I plan on adding a tone control though...Router and drill at the ready.

Just wish it would hurry up and arrive, everything seems to take twice as long to reach the highlands than any where else.

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Re: NGD and Hello from Scotland

Post by bigneil on Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:55 pm

Ok, it arrived today. yaaay!

pros;
The neck has a nice profile, on the chunky end of medium and very uniform thickness all the way from the nut to the heel. it also has a satin finish making it feel nice and slinky.

The neck and body are nice and resonant.

The control cavity already has the space to add a tone control.


Cons;
The hardware is really poop, Tuners aren't holding it in tune, the bridge is nasty with horrid wobbly saddles.

The electrics are poop too, with scratchy cheap switch and pot, the neck pickup is usable ....just. and the bridge pickup has a horrible week scratchy pick-axe type sound.

The neck pocket must have been cut at a bad angle causing a catastrophically high action despite the bridge being screwed right down.


So, I fitted a nice big shim to the neck and did a basic setup and used it for my guitar lessons tonight and found it to be fun to play giving easy access to all 24 of its frets.

Verdict;

I am very pleased with my bargain basement purchase, It will make a good platform for modding or upgrading. So, I have stripped out the pickups, electrics and hardware......I figure even cheap after market components will be an improvement, so I'm not going to spend a fortune on it.

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