Westone was the brand name of the renowned Matsumoko factory in Japan in the early 1980s. When it launched a reputation was quickly established as a very high quality alternative to Fender and Gibson at a fraction of the cost.
This one is the 'Rainbow' - a semi solid body guitar similar to a Gibson 335 and it sounds and plays at least as well as a Gibson.
This one just needed a setup to get it playing as smooth as butter.
The guitar has plenty of pitting and mojo from years of use but it plays beautifully. If you get a chance to play, or better yet own a Westone I recommend highly that you do so - they are all excellent. Just make sure it is a Japanese one - after about 1987 the name was used by a British manufacturer and the instruments were nothing like the same quality.
I put this together using parts which were sourced from various online websites. The body was painted badly in sky blue so I stripped it off and found that the wood grain was pretty good so I used various stains and paint effects to get this 'vintage distressed' look. The neck turned out to be a real gem and just required a fret job to level a couple of high spots. The bridge is a Wilkinson with the heavy duty steel back which I highly recommend. It gives great tone and sustain and makes the whammy bar something that can be used without sending the whole guitar immediately out of tune!
Gorgeous flame maple finish.
Being an Epiphone I guess this is a veneer and not a maple cap as a Gibson would be but it still looks amazing. This is a 2004 model made in Korea.
Work involved sanding down the neck to make it slimmer and take the gloss lacquer off, and making a custom compensated nut to help with intonation. Open string chords were sometimes sounding out of tune and this has fixed it.
Epiphone Les Paul
A guitar made from a skateboard!
This may seem like a uniquely mad proposition but in fact plenty of people do this. The guitar plays very well and is quite light compared to a normal guitar so this makes a great instrument to play on stage both as a talking point and from a comfort point of view.