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Westone Cutlass Rebuild pt 3 – Oiling The Body And Rebuilding

I’m fully aware of how long it  has taken me to write this update and I seem to begin virtually every post with an apology these days, but you know how it is.. Anyway, the nice clean wooden body needed some protection from the wear and tear of musical life, and as I said in the […]

Westone Cutlass Rebuild pt 2 – The Body and the Scratchplate

As I said in part one of the Westone Cutlass rebuild, I have decided not paint this guitar, but to keep it natural looking. The original body finish was a pale, yellowy clear lacquer which suited the look of the guitar, but now has some quite deep scratches and dents on the front, back and […]

Westone Cutlass Rebuild pt 1 – The Background

When I first started this site, one of the reasons was to get back into restoring, customising and fiddling with guitars. I have played around with guitars all my playing life (30 years this month!) as most of us players do. It is always useful to know how to fix your own gear, and sooner […]

Westone Thunder 1-T Rebuild pt 6…Finally finished!

I can’t believe that last update on this subject was December 31st 2008! Sorry for the massive time lag, in truth the guitar was finished months ago but I had been busy writing on so many other subjects I just forgot to tie this subject up. In the last post I alluded to the wiring […]

More info on the Electra brand and the mysterious Phoenix

You may have seen the curious Electra Phoenix detailed in Jan 30th’s post. I did some research and found, through the Westone Info link at the bottom of this page, a whole website dedicated to Electra here; Electra Guitars History As it turns out, the brand was exclusively made up of well-built Japanese guitars, mostly […]

Electra Phoenix for sale

I found this guitar for sale today while I was cruising around some guitar sites. I’ve never heard of Electra before, but reading the sales info it seems to have come from the Westone/Matsumoku stable of brands and was sold in the US through St Louis Music in the early 1980s. It’s very “80’s” with […]

Westone Thunder 1-T Rebuild pt 5…Rebuilding

Now the body has been sanded and polished out, I can begin the rebuild, using a selection of old and new parts. First thing to go back on was the neck. When I got the guitar it only had 2 screws holding it in place, instead of the 4 it should have.I managed to find […]

Westone Thunder 1-T Rebuild pt 3…Analysis and Rebuild

I stripped the guitar down into its remaining component parts, as mentioned in the second part of this article. Most of the damaged parts were then assesed and either thrown out (like the pick up rings) or attempts were made to salvage them. The bridge was very grungy and rusty…the saddles were stuck tight, needing […]

Westone Thunder 1-T Rebuild pt 2…The Damage

The guitar arrived safely, although frankly if it had been kicked to my house from 200 miles away the damage wouldn’t have been much worse! I unpacked it and before any stripping down, I took a few photos and got a basic overview of what needs doing. It’s a pretty extensive list…the issues are as […]

Westone Thunder 1-T Rebuild pt 1…The Background

Many years ago I built a guitar from scratch, making my own body and using a Stratocaster copy neck. It played ok, and was “of its time” but after that initial flurry of sawdust and bad wiring I didn’t really dabble in guitars apart from changing the odd pickup and general maintenance. Over the years […]