#1
Hey guys,I recently found out about these guitars and I would like to know more about them and your opinions on them. I know that they are pretty cheap so I'm suspicious about their quality. For example,here are the specs of their XL5 LP model:

body asian poplar

high glossy finish in black

bolt-on neck, maple

rosewood fretboard

dot inlays

classical tailpiece and bridge

"Westone" truss rod cover

24.75" scale, 22 frets

2 x Wilkinson® Humbucker, uncovered

3 way toggle switch

1 x volume control

1 x tone control

chrome hardware

metal-clad machine heads
Last edited by LocusMortis at Dec 22, 2014,
#2
Only way to know quality for sure is to play it. I mean fret buzz can be fixed. electronics can be re-soldered and so forth. My neighbor is a big vintage guitar fan as he grew up in the 60s and so we always have a fun chat as I'm still in my 20s about guitar stuff.. anyways.. he made a good point he said that think of it this way. In the end it's a piece of wood, you get a guitar tech good enough they can make anything play good.
#3
Westone was an ok lower end brand in the 80s. not sure if you are talking about a new guitar that has that brand name or an older one.
#4
I have an '82 Westone Rainbow I from the Matsumoku factory, a 335 knockoff that is at least as well made as the equivalent Gibson from that same period. The only weaknesses I have found are the flimsy tailipiece and the pickups. It is also very dark sounding.

However, it looks like the one you are talking about is a modern MIC version, which I doubt has any relationship to the originals except the name.
#5
@Tallwood13 Yeah,you're right,I guess I'll go and try it out.

@monwobobbo I think it's a newer one.

@Tony Done So,is that a bad thing?
#6
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@Tallwood13 Yeah,you're right,I guess I'll go and try it out.

@monwobobbo I think it's a newer one.

@Tony Done So,is that a bad thing?


Chinese made guitars have nothing in common with the Japanese made original line of guitars from the 80s. most are considered poor to fair copy guitars.
#7
Oh,but I think that this model is from German line of Westones if I'm not wrong. Or was it XR5?
#8
Quote by LocusMortis
Oh,but I think that this model is from German line of Westones if I'm not wrong. Or was it XR5?


not german made. westone as far as I can tell are currently Chinese made and just using the name. no connection to the old company. honestly aster doing a bit of research I can't even find a new westone. perhaps a link to the one you are talking about would help.
Last edited by monwobobbo at Dec 23, 2014,
#10
ok basic strat copy. might be ok if dirt cheap but I wouldn't count on it being great. since there is like 0 buzz to be found about these I'd pass (unless once again dirt cheap).
#12
pass on it. no amazing specs or anything, and no solid references, IMO look elsewhere
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#14
Just like every other aspect of playing guitars, a comfortable neck is subjective... A lot of people hate Les Pauls because they find their neck to uncomfortable especially up in soloing land where as I quite like them. For me I cant stand Strats, they feel like a baseball bat in MY hands but in your hands a Strat might be perfect. Get out and try some guitars out. And just remember as time goes by your preferences will change.
#15
Westone, back in the 80's, made some decent affordable guitars probably on par with Aria Pro II, I can remember back in the 80's and early 90's MIJ guitars were not something most people were proud of or bragging about, I remember wishing my MIJ Charvel and Jacksons were USA built but I couldn't afford them.

In hind sight Japan was producing some pretty stellar instruments and most people recognize that now. I have 5 MIJ Jacksons and all are extremely well crafted.

I knew a couple of people who had Westones back then and they were decent, in fact my buddy just recently picked up an 80's Westone from a flea market for cheap and doubled his money selling it on eBay or Craigslist, it was a great playing axe, but I wouldn't expect too much from a newer one.
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#16
I heard old Westones are good but since then 3 companies or something like that has made them after original company went under. I have only experience with very low end chinese LP copy and frankly its a piece of shit. I bought one and Epiphone LP Junior to my nieces a year ago and Lp Junior was a superior guitar. (Which honestly was quite surprising. The junior is really nice)

But mind you, this was the very low end costing bit over 100€. Still Epi proved to be much better for same money.

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