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Spectrums with maple fingerboards?

Post by Annoying Twit on Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:18 pm

Are there any Westone Spectrums with maple fingerboards? Particularly glossy ones. If so, how would they compare with similar Ibanez Blazers?

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Re: Spectrums with maple fingerboards?

Post by norfolkngood on Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:36 pm

I don't remember seeing a Spectrum with a maple fingerboard. Concords did have a maple neck + 'board but when the Spectrum was introduced I think they all came with a rosewood 'board?

And I've just spent all evening masking up a Concord I maple 'board so that I could polish the frets with wire wool to get rid of 30 years of grot. Good news (despite the frets being black, they were so cruddy) is minimal wear. Neck polished, no lem-oil on the sealed finish and new strings on (EB slinky 9s; stuff 11s, Corsair can have 'em!). Need to adjust the bridge saddles and job done.

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Post by corsair on Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:25 pm

norfolkngood wrote: ....stuff 11s, Corsair can have 'em!

Harden up!!

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Post by Warrn on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:15 pm

The Spectrum MX and SX with colormatched fretboards have a maple fretboard. Additionally, the early Electra Phoenixes (the Electra version of the Spectrum) had maple boards.

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Post by caucajun on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:32 pm

the ibanez blazers had a heavy ash body. the spectrums (my MX, anyway) have maple bodies.

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Post by Barry on Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:46 pm

norfolkngood wrote:...And I've just spent all evening masking up a Concord I maple 'board so that I could polish the frets with wire wool...
Oh dear, you haven't heard of the Cheap Bastid approach to fret cleaning?? lol! clown

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:30 pm

Warrn wrote:The Spectrum MX and SX with colormatched fretboards have a maple fretboard.

The red and blue ones do, but not the black ones, they have a black stained rosewood fingerboard.

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Re: Spectrums with maple fingerboards?

Post by Warrn on Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:23 pm

I suppose I should have added that as a footnote, Thorn, it just didn't really occur to me since the dyed (and usually faded) rosewood doesn't match the black body in the same way that the red and blue do.

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Re: Spectrums with maple fingerboards?

Post by munkieNL on Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:48 am

the ibanez blazers had a heavy ash body.

I recently had an early 80's Blazer, LIGHTweight Japanese ash body. It had a hard life, needed new frets but underneath the scratches a great playing and sounding vintage Strat. Solid brass tremolo unit and pot knobs.

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