#1
I've decided to pick up one of Leslie Wests signature guitars, in order to get a nice classic rock sound on the cheap (only $600). However, I'm torn. I know he had a lot to do with the original model he promoted several years back, and was seen playing it all around. It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Dean-Soltero-Leslie-Standard-Electric/dp/B0017W5NIO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500005530&sr=8-1&keywords=leslie+west+dean+guitar

However, Dean has issued a new signature Leslie West for 2017 and is the one they are selling now. That can be found here: http://www.deanguitars.com/query?upc=814064028128

The problem is, I've never heard Leslies opinion on it or if it's made to the same type of specs he laid out for this first. I know the original had the Mountain of Ton pickup vs the P90 that is the 2017 model.

Can anyone tell me which is a better sounding guitar for Leslie West fans. Should I go with the latest model or find the original online somewhere? I guess I'm just looking for which guitar will get me as close to this sound as possible: 

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I have Guitar Rig, so should be able to replicate what's needed on the effects side. Just need the hardware now. Any thoughts?

Thanks! 
Last edited by drive_sw at Jul 14, 2017,
#2
You don't need a "Leslie West Signature Model" guitar to get his sound.

He did his most famous work with a single pickup P90 guitar (a pair of them, actually). West was playing a couple of ’50s Gibson Les Paul Juniors at the time “Mississippi Queen” was recorded: a 1956 single-cutaway and a slightly newer double-cutaway. “The single-cutaway had a better sound than the other one,” he recalls.

He played most of his live gigs with Sunn amps, with Eminence speakers on board. Incredibly loud.

In an interview: “These days, I can pretty much get the ‘Mississippi Queen’ tone out of any guitar. Larry DiMarzio once told me my tone was in my right-hand attack, and he was right. Also, I never felt like I needed a two- or three-pickup guitar, because you can get a lot of tones out of a single pickup. If you’re in a room filled with gasoline, how many matches do you really need? One good one and a backup!”



You'll also want to note that he may have an octaver on in the videos above (or the mike on whatever's in the video camera is picking up a lot of acoustic coupling).

In any case, I have one of these:



An Agile AD 2300. Mine's got a pair of Mike Reilander's handwound P90's onboard. Mine was used, and $130 (including the $185 set of pickups!). If you're looking "to get a nice classic rock sound on the cheap," you don't have to spend $600. And if you're a Leslie West fan, you know that the new guitars from Dean had absolutely nothing to do with getting his sound.
Last edited by dspellman at Jul 14, 2017,
#3
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!