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Post by Rialas on Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:04 pm

Hi everyone.
First post Smile
I've been playing on and of for a while, guitar isn't my first instrument.
A few years ago I bought a prestige from auction, I believe this model was made in 82, can't be sure.

I've got a couple of other nice guitars, but recently got the old westone out of the loft to try some jazz. I'd forgotten how good the quality of this instrument was.

Can anyone give me some info on these instruments, pickups etc.
I was thinking of selling the old girl, but I'm now in two minds. It seems pretty special.

Much appreciated.

This instrument is like new, 30 plus years old.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by The Chad on Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:24 pm

The top of the line for Westone.   Does the serial number start with 82?  If so, then yes. 

Pickups may be different things, my '83 has MMK75's in it.  Though some had MMK53's that I've seen.  Pop them out quick and see the stamp on the bottom.  53's have more bite, 75's more suited for Jazz as you've already played! 

Excellent instruments, pretty rare though able to be found.  Where are you located?

Did you have specific questions? 
Check this...  http://www.westoneguitars.net/guitars/prestige-series/prestige-250/

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:46 pm

Thanks very much. 
The seriel number is 2092423. That's confusing as the seriel number doesn't contain the year. 
After looking at your link, mine is the earlier model. 

I'll check those pickups out. 

I'm in London, bought the guitar from an auction near home. 

I'll post some pics a little later.

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Post by Rialas on Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:51 pm

Sorry about the pictures, you'll have to turn your phone sideways lol. 

So after reading through some posts, it seems I found a Stradivarius in the loft. Smile
It's looking like a keeper.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Barry on Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:37 pm

Hello and welcome here!
Yep you have a beauty there, and she's an '82 build. (Have a look at the front page of our web site for information on serial numbers)

That's a nice group of gits you have there. I especially like the Music Man. Do they not have the best damn tremolos? And necks!

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Post by Catalyst on Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:10 am

Welcome Rialas, nice guitars....and I'm calling DIBS should you ever feel the need to part with that scruffy looking Westone  Wink

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:48 am

Barry wrote:Hello and welcome here!
Yep you have a beauty there, and she's an '82 build. (Have a look at the front page of our web site for information on serial numbers)

That's a nice group of gits you have there. I especially like the Music Man. Do they not have the best damn tremolos? And necks!
Thank you, that has helped, as it begins with a 2, it confirms 82. Cheers.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:50 am

Thanks everyone for the welcome. 

Very happy to be amongst a group of enthusiasts. 

When I bought this guitar, I already had the Godin, which I used for some home recording, so just kept the westone in a case and it eventually ended up in the loft. 

I play Bouzouki, but more recently decided to take up the guitar more seriously, hence the purchase of the two musicmans and my new found passion for guitars. 

Then I thought I'd treat myself to a practice amp, whilst searching ebay, found a little amp called a zinky, a fantastic little low wattage amp so you can drive those valves. The guy happened to be selling US strat at a great price, couldn't walk away from a deal, so there you go, three guitars in three weeks!!
The wife was promised a handbag, a maybe a ring lol. 

The Westone Prestige holds its own against the others, pushing the amp even hotter, which gives it a really warm tone.

It's earnt itself a stay of execution. Smile

Thanks again. 
Costa.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by The Chad on Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:14 am

It is SO pretty!!!  AH!!! 

What were those pickups?!

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:56 am

The Chad wrote:It is SO pretty!!!  AH!!! 

What were those pickups?!
Thank you.  75s, Jazz it is then Very Happy cheers  



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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:31 am

Treated the old girl to some schaller lock straps to keep her safe. Had to be gold😃.
And a new amp to get the best out of her.   😎



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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by The Chad on Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:34 am

Oh my, doesn't get a whole lot better than that.  Enjoy it!

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Post by Barry on Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:21 pm

I'll just be over here, wiping the drool from my chin... Drool!

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:03 pm

Barry wrote:I'll just be over here, wiping the drool from my chin... Drool! 

Very Happy

I feel bad that the other two recent purchases are hardly being played right now. 

My first "go to" instrument now is the strat, as it isn't too heavy and then the Westone. The pickups are so hot, they really drive the amp into saturation. It's nearly double the output of the other guitars, and the notes just sustain for ever. 

Small issue, the bridge pickup volume doesn't turn down with the volume pot when the pickup selector is selected to the rear. 
This is obviuolsy not how it should behave? A bit confused. It sort of turns the tone down a little.

The two volume pots are one for each pickup? Surely.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Westbone on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:40 am

Just to confirm.
The bridge pup volume is the lower white figured knob??

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:24 am

Westbone wrote:Just to confirm.
The bridge pup volume is the lower white figured knob??
Yes, the lower one nearest the neck.
The other lower one near the bridge is the tone for sure as it has the indent at the centre position.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Westbone on Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:29 am

That's the one indeed.

Give it a shot of switchcleaner. Not WD40.

If no luck check here.
http://www.westoneguitars.net/fixme/wiring-diagrams/rainbow-ii/


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Post by Rialas on Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:31 am

Westbone wrote:That's the one indeed.

Give it a shot of switchcleaner. Not WD40.

If no luck check here.
http://www.westoneguitars.net/fixme/wiring-diagrams/rainbow-ii/
Thanks, I will do. 
Cheers. Costa.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by LanceT on Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:23 am

The Chad wrote:The top of the line for Westone. 


So this begs the question, for those not so much in the know, is there a list of how the various Westone models are categorized?

As far as I know, nothing in the forum here or in the guitar model lists note this type of distinction.


So I'm not completely thread jacking, lovely Prestige indeed!!

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Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:49 am

LanceT wrote:

So this begs the question, for those not so much in the know, is there a list of how the various Westone models are categorized?

As far as I know, nothing in the forum here or in the guitar model lists note this type of distinction.
if you look at the catalog scans, you can see which models are the "top of the line"

while it is a matter of personal preference which is "best", there are some models that are built to a very high quality and command the highest respect (and price). undoubtedly the Prestige model bears that name for a reason.

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Rialas on Thu May 19, 2016 4:47 pm

My westone has a buddy. Smile

£300 ebay. Can't believe I was the only bidder. 



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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri May 20, 2016 1:18 pm

I can believe it! 
Really glad you like it, but that is one hideous blingfest!

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Re: Westone prestige 250

Post by Barry on Fri May 20, 2016 1:35 pm

Tree of life fret boards seemed to be popular for awhile there and I don't really know why. Beautiful workmanship for sure, but I found it very difficult to locate myself on the neck.
Maybe that's just me.

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