Based on member demand, The Gear Page is pleased to announce that our Apparel Merch Shop is now open. The shop’s link is in the blue Navigation bar (on the right side), “Shop,” with t-shirts, hats, neck buffs, and stickers to start. Here’s the direct link: www.thegearpageshop.com
You’ll find exclusive high-quality apparel and merchandise; all items are ethical, sustainably produced, and we will be continuously sourcing and adding new choices.
We can ship internationally. All shipping is at cost.
My Westbury was a Standard, although I had a Deluxe as well. Set neck, two buckers, controls ala Gibby. Basically a SG killer.My favs these days. Have a mid '80's Westbury Special(?) 200 from the Matsumoku factory. Strat-esk body, bolt-on three piece (4 if you count the fretboard) all maple neck (a Matsumoku trade-mark). Dual Dimarzio humbuckers, each w/ a 3-way toggle to select which coil(s) as well as a phase toggle. Currently my go-to guitar.
May be picking up a '79 Ibanez Roadster strat clone from a pawn shop. Finish is beat-up & typical bridge pitting for that era Ibanez, but everything works, sounds good, holds tune, & intonation seems good. Feels very solid in yer hands. Price is marked at $250, but they'll bargain if I have cash in hand.
Another used shop in town has a early-mid '80's Vantage SG clone. All mahoganey, set neck, thin-ish body, dual humbuckers w/ coil taps. Marked below $350. Really nice guitar, but doesn't sound different enough from the Westbury to justify. Westbury actually has a wider range of tones available.
Same shop has a Aria II Pro from the Matsumoku factory. Not as nice as the Vantage described above though. Don't get me wrong, still a nice guitar.
The quality on these guitars is high, but the prices are below new epiphone/fender MIM/MIK/MIC. Great value for the $$. Will probably never be considered "collectable", but great players.
Hi, Michael!Anyone else into Ibanez/Electra/Aria/Matsumoko, etc. guitars?