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'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Catalyst on Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:03 am

The seller has this down as a late 70's Westone Les Paul, doesn't sit right with me but could he be right?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200987239424?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Didn't think the bird logo came in that early, other logo on headstock is different from the Westone logo I've seen on an early Westone LP and nothing written on neck plate all make me a little wary.....

I've contacted the seller and getting info out of him is like pulling teeth....

What'cha thing....someone stuck a Westone logo on a generic 70's Les Paul copy from Japan?

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Post by Meadows on Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:06 am

I was viewing that last night too, as a relative Westone newbie, I didn't realise they had made a LP style guitar during any era?

Love the seller's advertising style too, enough said Shocked!!!!!!

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Post by Catalyst on Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:47 am

Westone did do a Les Paul type 'unknown model 9', but with variances against the one that this ignorant t**t is selling....I wouldn't buy from him regardless of what he was selling.Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:35 am

I don't think it is a Westone.  The only guitars I've seen where the bird logo was used and the Westone name was not, was the first couple of Pantera's.

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Post by The Don on Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:54 am

Yikes, my eyes !

Real "nutter" font choices there...

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Post by RtheF on Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:27 am

By only putting it on for a very quick auction and by his threats of "never to be seen again", it makes me think he's looking for a panic buyer;  someone who thinks they'd better buy it quick before anyone else notices.  Anyway, as sarcaster points out, the bird logo doesn't appear before the '83 catalogue, does it, so the date at least is dubious.  I'm not buying it.

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Post by grogg on Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:37 pm

The diamond shaped symbol on the headstock looks all wrong too.

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Post by The Chad on Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:39 pm

Fake.  Not saying that the seller performed the deceptive work, just saying someone did.

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Post by Barry on Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:57 pm

Bollox. : BS :

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Post by westcoaster on Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:01 pm

I'd PM him on ebay to suggest he might want to revise his description that didn't work out too well last time I suggestedvis to someone. Very Happy

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Post by grogg on Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:05 pm

It went for £112 which I think is more than it would have got otherwise, oh well youve got to be careful buying this sort of thing on-line.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:43 pm

I've got a couple of unbranded strat copies sitting here....anyone know where to get a waterslide bird logo from? Twisted Evil


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Post by westcoaster on Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:38 pm

grogg wrote:It went for £112 which I think is more than it would have got otherwise, oh well youve got to be careful buying this sort of thing on-line.
Nope its back on ebay again.  I suspect some shady bidding practices to drive the price up.

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Post by grogg on Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:07 pm

"PLEASE NOTE: I WILL NOT BE RE-LISTING THIS ITEM!"
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Post by Catalyst on Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:23 pm

lol!  re-listed due to the seller being a complete tosser!...

I shall have to start messaging him some more questions about it - I know he really appreciates my interest Twisted Evil 

He particularly liked my observation that the Westone bird logo wasn't applied to their guitars in the 70's....'oh yes they were!' was his first reply  Laughing  and it went downhill from there faster than Franz Klammer.

Those private listings where you can't see the other bidders strike me as a little odd as well, always have.

I don't think he actually knows but then again I don't think he actually cares either.




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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Meadows on Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:05 pm

To quote the seller:

1. FULL PAYMENT TO BE MADE VIA PAYPAL ONLY AFTER THE SALE.

FULL PAYMENT TO HAVE BEEN RECEIVED WITHIN 48 HOURS, OTHERWISE THE ITEM WILL GO STRAIGHT TO THE UNDERBIDDER.

So why the re listing????

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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Catalyst on Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:09 pm

if only Poirot hadn't popped his cloggs last night eh?...the mystery could have been sol-ved.

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Post by westcoaster on Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:17 pm

Im thinking maybe he was the under bidder, and the highest bidder (and maybe the only bidder)

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Post by Catalyst on Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:19 pm

lol!

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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Clive Shakedown on Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:08 pm

I pointed out the w logo being "out of time" and got a very abusive email back, he has now added detail to the description saying the logo is under the lacquer.
You can't report abusive emails on eBay. Shame.

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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Guest on Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:57 pm

There is a "real" LP copy on ebay at them moment:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/321246858419?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

I sent the link to the seller so he can compare his to the real one and decide for himself Smile

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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Catalyst on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:05 pm

went for £122 second time round.....

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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by westcoaster on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:16 pm

If only he'd bought it from from himself the first time he'd have have saved himself £10.  Wouldn't be surprised to see this popping up again, no doubt the highest bidder will let him down again.

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Post by Guest on Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:51 am

I am the seller of the above much discussed and dismissed guitar, and I'm sure as a matter of fairness (cos I'm SURE you are all FAIR people on this forum...) I should be allowed a right of reply.

So here it is...

About me:

I have been buying and selling guitars since 1972.

I have owned, played, and sold, just about EVERYTHING there is.

No exceptions.

You name it...Ive had it through my hands at some stage.

FACT.

I began working as a Saturday boy in Rose-Morris in Shaftsbury Avenue (THE premier guitar shop in London in the 70's) in 1975, and subsequently worked in many others after that, both in Charing Cross Road and Denmark Street.

For those of you who live anywhere OTHER than the place that really MATTERS in the music trade (ie: London)...this was , and still IS, THE centre of the U.K guitar trade.

I bought my first Fender Tele in 1972, and by the time I began working in Rose-Morris, I had accumulated all of the Japanese trade books, which contained year by year, all of the models which were being imported into the U.K.

I NEVER claimed at any time to be an "expert" (unlike some of you on here who have only ever garnered knowledge from the internet), but I DO have REAL-TIME, and REAL-LIFE, experience of trading guitars and importing guitars from Japan, back in the 70's.

How many of you can say the same?

One of the VERY distinct memories which sticks in my mind from this time was the abundance of "one-off" guitars, which would arrive from Japan for our inspection, and possible larger-order.

Of many I remember, one was an open-headstock (like a classical guitar), birds-eye maple, KAWAI.

Ever seen another one of those again?

THAT is what I believe THIS guitar to be.

A one-off "test piece".

With further regard this guitar...

These are the facts...

1. I purchased the guitar from a lady who has (literally) had it in her attic for AT LEAST 30 years.
2. It was her sons guitar (who is now in his 50's), and she CLEARLY remembers him purchasing the guitar just after he left school in 1977, because he had a band for a while, but gave it up after a few months, as many do.
3. It was then consigned to the attic, where it has sat ever since.
4. EVERYTHING about the guitar is 100% ORIGINAL
5. The guitar is most definitely JAPANESE in origin, and not (like the late Westone's) Korean.
6. The headstock is totally original and unchanged, and the decal is UNDER the headstock lacquer ala "Gibson".
(sorry to disappoint all those conspiracy theorists...you'll just have to get back to the "men on the moon"/"Kennedy assasination"/"Princes Di" forums).
7. It is my belief that this guitar IS possibly one of those one-off trade-test pieces, and that it was purchased just before Matsumoku began making their full-time models, and while they were making the Aria Pro II, Westbury, and Vox models in the late 70's.
8. As most of you on this forum will know, Westone was Matsumoku's OWN brand, but they did not start producing models under this (own) trade brand until AFTER they had been making Ari Pro II's etc for some years.
9. Asian companies have a history of making one-off trade examples for inspection/testing, and indeed I have 4 "Hofner" Jazzmaster-style guitars which were made by a Chinese company (which make the current Hofner models). These were from a trade-show in Germany, and were part of a small test-batch which NEVER got made.
10. To the U.S "ranters"....please remember...many brands/models which were sent/sold to the U.K, NEVER appeared in the U.S, and vice-versa, so you of ALL people, are in NO position to pass judgement.


Finally, I would like to say thank-you to all of those who have poured bile, and suspicion, upon my auction, without knowing ANY of the facts, as has been proved by the ridiculous "water-slide" decal assertions.

Perhaps next time you might think...before you whip up hysteria over something you know NOTHING about.

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Re: 'Westone' Les Paul?

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:14 am

Wow, all those words written yet nothing said, impressive

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