Pantera X300

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:13 pm

Going to take a look at one of these babies come tomorrow night.
Any advice on what when and how?

OEM HSC is missing,but otherwise seems in good nick apart from being dirty and dusty.

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Guest on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:33 pm

Hello Racing and welcome!

Firstly, do you have any photos or can you post some when you collect the guitar?

Secondly, these are fantastic guitars and a dream to play - I have one! I'm sure you won't be disappointed providing that it is all original and hasn't been modified in any way. Which model is it by the way, the one with two knobs or the single knob version? You will find full details of the Pantera at westone.info. (See link in the Main Website). I hope this helps.

Polly

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Barry on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:51 am

Hey Jesper, welcome to the other Mats site, great to have you here!

Sorry, I don't own a Pantera...yet...just 4 Spectrums, a Concord, and a Thunder, so I can't offer you much advice about this one. It won't be as fantastic as your Masterpieces, but it should be a smooth little rocker nevertheless!

Grab it and have some fun!

_________________
"A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants." -Chuckles the Clown


GUITARS : http://legend.barryeames.com/guitars.html
MUSIC/PIX/VIDEOS: http://getback.barryeames.com (including Spectrum ST)

Barry
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 6017
Age : 71
Location : Port Weller, St. Catharines, Canada
Registration date : 2009-05-01

http://www.barryeames.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:35 pm

Barry wrote: It won't be as fantastic as your Masterpieces,

Oi!!! That's seditious talk, my friend - I don't really like either the Pantera or the PE but I would hazard a guess and say the Pantera would be up there....

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Barry on Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:46 pm

corsair wrote:
Barry wrote: It won't be as fantastic as your Masterpieces,

Oi!!! That's seditious talk, my friend - I don't really like either the Pantera or the PE but I would hazard a guess and say the Pantera would be up there....
Up where, exactly, the shelf?
I'd take a PE Masterpiece any day, wif boof greedy hands!!

_________________
"A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants." -Chuckles the Clown


GUITARS : http://legend.barryeames.com/guitars.html
MUSIC/PIX/VIDEOS: http://getback.barryeames.com (including Spectrum ST)

Barry
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 6017
Age : 71
Location : Port Weller, St. Catharines, Canada
Registration date : 2009-05-01

http://www.barryeames.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:19 pm

... from what I've seen and can gather, the Panteras were pretty damn good, in both quality and sound. AND they had a famous endorser.. so there!!

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:55 am

Sorry to say the deal went sour out of some reason thatīs beyond me at least.
Everything was set n done when the seller told me he wouldnīt sell it to me as the guitar had electric issues.
Told him i didnīt really mind and that iīm competent to sort issues like that out.
No go though,and what pisses me off is that this bloke obviously thought it was a good idea to waste my time to his liking.
Goes to show you i guess,but i for one have a REALLY hard time with people that dont stand by their words.

Not the end of the world as moreīll show up down the road.
As some of you guys know Uncle Mats are rather plentiful around these pts.

Polyanna.
It was one of the early ones with volume pot only and finished in PP.

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:23 pm

Some people need a reality check...cause early this morning the seller called me up again and asked if i wanted to buy the guitar after all since heīd sprayed the electronics with WD40 and got it working again.?
Doh!!!

So...

After some hagglin we came to an agreement late this afternoon.
First thing i did was to bring it down to the shop to basicaly pull a first clean.
Letīs just agree that the colour....takes that one i secure in ones manhood

Anyway.
Without further delay.
One -86 vintage Westone Pantera X300 PP.
Completely stock,but it lacks a couple of minor details...and whatīs more iīve for a Q or two.

















Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:27 pm

Stains are oil that i used to recond the fretboard,so thatīs all good.
However,it lacks one of the small brackets/lockplates for the lockable saddle.
Need to fab one of those,and whatīs worse the windings in the lower part are shot.
Not really all that much of an issue to me seing what i do for a living...

The trem arm is missing,or more to the point i got the wrong one with the guitar...so i need to know how a stock one looks and how itīs hooked up.
Also,the rollers at the bridge are all seized and my Q there is if theyīre supposed to reciprocate or not.?
If they are supposed to this needs to be adressed i believe.
That apart though,the axe really improved by a first simple fretboard cleaning and oiling.

Took the bridge apart and cleaned that as well,which indeed made it come out ontop-the rollers apart that is all depending.

So.
Could i ask one of you to tell me what the trem arm is supposed to look like and if those rollers are supposed to move or not.

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Barry on Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:11 pm

Oh-h-h-h-h-h....pretty pink and shmoooooth!
Our Polly will go potty over this one!
Very nice Jesper.
It'll look real good beside one of your Masterpieces!

_________________
"A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants." -Chuckles the Clown


GUITARS : http://legend.barryeames.com/guitars.html
MUSIC/PIX/VIDEOS: http://getback.barryeames.com (including Spectrum ST)

Barry
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 6017
Age : 71
Location : Port Weller, St. Catharines, Canada
Registration date : 2009-05-01

http://www.barryeames.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:47 pm


Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Warrn on Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:51 pm

I think this is my favorite Westone color. Well, maybe behind the blue Spectrum MX/SX, because I dig that trans blue maple fretboard, but this is at least a close second! If only the basses came in this shade... Oh well, perhaps I'll treat myself to one of these if I can ever get my fingers to work with chord shapes.

Warrn
Moderator

Number of posts : 1093
Age : 27
Location : Gainesville, FL
Registration date : 2008-08-03

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Administrator on Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:30 pm

sweet catch... kinda reminds me of a shirt I used to own....!

I'm sure Polly will be along shortly to tell you all you need to know.

Administrator
Senior Member

Number of posts : 142
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:11 pm

Due to me being slightly injured at this time i took it upon myself to rip the axe apart and partly get it in order and partly check it out.

First of all,the "rollers" of the bendmaster bridge are NOT supposed to move/reciprocate.
They are held in place on spring steel axles,and these are interferance fit vs the rollers.
Second,the tap that fits the bushing for the trem arm is standard metric M6.
Ie;for those that lack one...just order a generic black one for a floyd or similar as itīll fit.

Cleaned the bridge out and sharpened the knifes of it.
Gave the various points that needed it some oil.
Fabbed the missing pieces for the locking bridge and replaced the screws with stainless allen ones.(M4)

Pulled a fretjob in as much that i leveled the frets,recrowned them and polished the entire board with a buffer.
Then cleaned it out,first with common water,detergent and a nailbrush followed by a rag and acetone.
Rosewood came out squeeky clean,and as such i oiled it up another two times with almond oil.
Basicaly iīd say the fretboard is all it can be now.
Setup was set rather low.

Heel of neck was sanded free of paint for wood to wood contact between the neck and body.
A stunt that can play rather large dividents as far as tone and sustain.

Then....porn time





An MMK 45 of course....




Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:15 pm











What remains to be done is a fresh trem arm and a fresh set of string.

Bridge really turned out well,and you can lean into it to the point of being silly without the axe losing tune.

All in all iīm happy with it.

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:39 pm

Looking good! Yeah; those Bendmaster bridges are good when they're set-up right, eh - how much of a sharpen did you give the knife edges? I've always shied away a bit from that as I don't want to over-sharpen and ideally would like to know the OEM angles... but that's not gonna happen anytime soon!!

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:12 pm

Thanx John.
Getting the OEM angles aint all that hard as the knifes are seldom worn through n through.
Ie;you can use a halfround needle file to set it straight.
Issue though is that the plate in itself is hardened,and as you file down...well the hardening is only that deep.
Well anyway,i do and i dress the whole enchilada with some 1200 grit emery wrapped over the file when done to get that really smooth surface to it.
Usualy works wonders,and when i put the bridge back in place i always use a minor dab of molybdenium grease at the contact points.
Moly being a VERY soft metal sort of "sacrifices" itself for the other metals involved.

The thing with this particular bridge though was that wear was at an absolute minimum.
I guess the trem arm went missing at an early state ,and the guy i bought it from had gotten it from his parents new back in the day.
In short,the anodization of the plate was more or less still all there so this one just took a few strokes followed by the polishing to get 100%.

As you know iīve hailed the Wonderbar/Shift off the Yamaki made Washies-and still do.
Iīd say the bendmaster doesnīt go all the way,but close enough.
The Shift being MUCH more intricate and expensive as a solution.
I like the simplicity of the bendmaster.

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:02 pm

Racing wrote:I like the simplicity of the bendmaster.

Yep; that's exactly where I'm at, eh!! Although I've never had an FR or indeed any other floating bridge, I like how the BD sets up, and the FT is a little better in that you can intonate without slackening allen bolts etc....

I'll check the knife edges in mine when I get 'em back and will possibly dress them, but I definitely hadn't noticed any motion that shouldn't have been there...

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:38 am

Well John,letīs just say that iīm not a super fan of trems over all

To me...strings should really be bolted solidly to the guitar and done deal.

None the less iīve played around with them a lot both on guitars iīve owned and those of others,and one thingīs for sure...they can ALL be made to work.
Some more sensitive than others.

The FR is a culprit to many due to it complexity.
Just check the various variants made by Ibanez since a no of years back,and these guys often show up at my doorstep with various issues that needs to be remedied."Failure" rate of those is HIGH to say the least.

I still find the most thought through solution being the Wonderbar/Shift,and then mainly as some jap sat down with what seems a clean slate and started to analyze the situation.
For instance using a torsion bar instead of springs IS a better solution,but OHHHH....is it EVAR more expensive from a production POW.
Likewise the mere idea of putting a trem bridge into production with FOURTEEN ballbearings....HELLO!!!
The action,zero point asf though IS smoother than on anything else out there IMO.Even now...25yrs later.
Someone indeed did it right,but in doing so killed the product basicaly before it being baptised as it simply MUST have been WAY to expensive to "survive".
It being a flat top mount though...it sure is of hefty proportions,and from an estetic POW it isnīt exactly the prettiest thing man made...

Just imagine the difference in manufacturing cost vs the bendmaster when it comes to the rollers.
For the bendmaster the rollers are put in place with roll pins,which basicaly renders them not being able to "roll" anywhere,whilst for the Shift...they indeed ARE rollers...with ballbearings...mounted on very small machined axles within the yoke.
Ie;someone sat at a bench putting this together...which took time...and that someone alone needed to get paid...
Vs...someone just banging a set of roll pins into place.

Hence why for instance the FR survived and has been made under license by more than i care to count while the Shift died out...

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:58 am

Racing wrote:For the bendmaster the rollers are put in place with roll pins,which basicaly renders them not being able to "roll" anywhere,

Yeah; I wondered about that when I took my Genesis to bits and dismantled the BD; I put a little thought into it and for my second Clipper, about a year later, got a model engineer to turn me some axles, and to relieve the inside diameter of the rollers a little - job's a good 'un!!

I suppose life's a compromise, really, eh!!

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:10 am

Oh TRUST me when i say that iīve given that thought.....
Having a lathe standing around is sometimes a drawback John...

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:06 pm

Racing wrote:Having a lathe standing around is sometimes a drawback John...

No. No, it's not... When we moved I sold off all of my heavy gear - lathe, drill mill, gas plant - and have nothing left to do anything with so you just count yer blessings!! Still, turning those wee axles was a bit beyond me and model engineers are brilliant...

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Barry on Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:03 pm

You guys are lucky. Try getting by with hand tools and a cordless drill (sigh)

_________________
"A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants." -Chuckles the Clown


GUITARS : http://legend.barryeames.com/guitars.html
MUSIC/PIX/VIDEOS: http://getback.barryeames.com (including Spectrum ST)

Barry
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 6017
Age : 71
Location : Port Weller, St. Catharines, Canada
Registration date : 2009-05-01

http://www.barryeames.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Racing on Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:39 pm

*ROTF*

John,Barry my friends...
Doin what i do for a living it kind of comes with the territory that machinery is around.
We donīt keep anything CNC at the shop tho as we simply donīt need it.
Old manual stuff does it for us as itīs in essence what we need for the proto stuff we make....and as always a machine like a lathe,bridgeport a TIG or whatever is never better than the man that knows how to swing it.
For the CNC stuff we got friends that own regular machine shop...and we carry Solidworks full 2007 at the shop...and are trained to use it...so i guess itīs all good.

The Pantera got a fresh trem arm and fresh string today.
Made for a world of difference.

Opinions?
Yeah.
I find the Pantera suited vs rock and towards heavier music.
Blues...nah...itīs not the Panteras cup a tea iīd say.
For bandpractice tonite i tried the lick and solos of Spencer Davies groups old "gimme some lovin"...but...nah....
I ended up with one of my masterpieces wrapped around my neck for that.
Later on tho the amount of gain was....raised a "bit"...and we started to fool around with some more contemporary rock...and the Pantera was right at home.
I even pulled some squeels with it
Overtones and a trem can sure be fun at times...(nooooo.....nooooo i friggin REFUSE to grow up!!!!)

Racing
Hero, Legend, and all round good guy

Number of posts : 185
Age : 51
Registration date : 2009-02-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by corsair on Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:56 pm

Racing wrote:Overtones, overdrive and a trem can sure be fun at times...(

...fixed!! Damn right!! growing up is over-rated....

_________________
FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.

corsair
Administrator

Number of posts : 5206
Age : 57
Location : Hervey Bay, Australia.
Registration date : 2008-04-08

Back to top Go down

Re: Pantera X300

Post by Sponsored content Today at 1:22 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum