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Post by MaxFubar on Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:37 pm

So I started my musical career as a bassist way back in 1997.  I was recruited to play bass for my church and the music director had mentioned that he had an old guitar that another kid had taken to refinish and that it was kinda thrashed with some of the hardware missing.  I asked if I could take a look at it and he told me, you can have it if you want.  Enter this Westone XA1440 Corsair(near as my Google-fu can discern).  



It is fairly beat, but I started playing guitar about 3 years ago and have been coming along pretty well(at least having fun) and wanted to put some work into this.  Just need some help with finding a replacement bridge and some explanation on the electronics.  I'm handy with a soldering iron and I have a great paint/body guy that's also a guitarist and wants to put a paint job on something.  Any info/insights/suggestions are greatly appreciated.







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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by corsair on Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:05 am

Howdy there!! We'd love to see your guitar but Your links - Photobucket, perchance?! - have been disabled. If you use the .servimg hosting service on here, we'll be able to see what you've got....

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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by Barry on Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:07 pm

Hi Max and welcome.
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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by MaxFubar on Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:48 pm

Sorry about that guys.  Got the photos up now.  As you can see it's not much but it's a start.  I guess the big thing is that I'm looking for a Trem to replace the one that went AWOL and was looking at a unit from over at guitarfetish.com.  I would insert the link but new members are not allowed for 7 days I gather.  Wonder what the experts have to say about it.
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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by DimensionIV-addict on Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:01 pm

Hi Max and welcome to the forums.
Seems you got a XA1440MP on your hands. Solid foundation but a lot of work ahead.
The trem might be a challenge as pretty much anything aftermarket may require a trem cavity modification.
A Bendmaster Deluxe is what's called for in this baby.
Locking nut, sorta in the same boat plus the neck p/up.
Best way is start with a clean slate... lots of sanding and elbow grease.
Full restore is not impossible. Some of the guys here are an absolute wealth of knowledge and they might have a few possibilities for you. Hang tight.
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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by MaxFubar on Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:32 pm

DimensionIV-addict wrote:Hi Max and welcome to the forums.
Seems you got a XA1440MP on your hands. Solid foundation but a lot of work ahead.
The trem might be a challenge as pretty much anything aftermarket may require a trem cavity modification.
A Bendmaster Deluxe is what's called for in this baby.
Locking nut, sorta in the same boat plus the neck p/up.
Best way is start with a clean slate... lots of sanding and elbow grease.
Full restore is not impossible. Some of the guys here are an absolute wealth of knowledge and they might have a few possibilities for you. Hang tight.
Cheers Wink

Thanks for the input.  I've been looking at the trem issue and I realize it's going to be a tad difficult but not impossible.  Lots of sanding is definitely on the agenda and all new guts were in the works as well.  Wondering if you could provide some insight on the switches.  Haven't really found anything that explains the layout properly.  They're 3/2/3 position respectively.
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Post by DimensionIV-addict on Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:55 pm

I may stand to be corrected as I haven't come across one myself but I think the switches are:

Neck p/up:   pos 1 single coil, pos 2 humbucker , pos 3 off (*or phase reverse)
Mid p/up:     pos 1 on,  pos 2 off
Bridge p/up: pos 1 single coil, pos 2 humbucker, pos 3 off (*or phase reverse)

unless there's a circuit board in there.

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Post by DimensionIV-addict on Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:26 pm

Check out this LINK
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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by corsair on Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:48 am

Easy peasy... looks like the sort of thing I'd love to hook into; you're gonna have some fun with that! First thing I'd do is bin the mini-switches and put in something sensible!! Laughing

I have a Bendmaster Deluxe bridge I could put your way though these may well have had the TRS 101; I can't remember. PM me and let me know if you want the bridge and we'll sort something out... can't help with the stringlock but you look to have one that just needs the locking washers and plates.

My Clipper  -and Spectrum Series 2 - have the stupid switching setup but they're H/S/S and H/S, respectively, and yes.. the humbucker is indeed on/on/on and from memory it is single coil/both coils/off; the singles are just on/off.
If the pickups are 4 wire p'ups, you could perhaps do a north coil/south coil/both coils, or a series/parallel/single coil wiring setup? If the switches are u/s, I have spare switches here that I bought from a NZ shop many years ago that was going out of business...

Be aware, however, that the postage from Australia to Texas ain't gonna be pennies!!

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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by MaxFubar on Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:59 am

I'll let you know, Corsair. I just bought a house and the water heater quit on me less than a month in. So money is a little tight, but I appreciate it and the tech info as well. I think I'll be going back in with aftermarket pickups and a new Floyd unit if I get my way. The layout that DimensionIV-addict specified sounds pretty awesome, I may go that route. Give me the ability to get all sorts of neat sounds from this beast.
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Re: New Westone owner, restoration project.

Post by corsair on Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:05 pm

No worries! Be aware that a FR conversion may be a challenge; it has been tried once or twice with varying success rates - I think scale length is a problem but there is a Gotoh FR type bridge that drops straight in to a BD hole. A proper FR requires some woodwork!

That's a PITA about your hot water, mate!

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