Westone Guitars are 30 years old soon!!

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Post by corsair on Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:03 am

It is, Pierre... I just wanna be included!!! Sad, eh!! Laughing

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Post by bowenjaybee on Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:04 am

come on guys this is a Westone forum....Westones only!! no cheating with ya 1980 Vantage's

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Post by Frenchy on Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:08 am

I just wanna be included!!! Sad, eh!!

Yep!... very sad... Laughing

My VA800 (Phantom) March 1980...(old logo) the intro of Vantage on the market place....



come on guys this is a Westone forum....Westones only!! no cheating with ya 1980 Vantage's

I agree but like Corsair... i caint compete on the Westone front....

I'm sad too... Sad

P. Very Happy

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Post by Barry on Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:50 pm

Frenchy wrote:
None of my Westones even come close, but my Vantage is a 1980!!
I thought this was Westones only.... If Vantage's qualify I'll have some work to do and I know I have some 1980's in there....
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Moi aussi! One 1980 one possibly 1979.

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Post by corsair on Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:07 pm

Ah, sod it; I can't even be the oldest Matt, therefore no more non-Westones!!! Laughing Rolling Eyes

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Post by Warrn on Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:26 pm

I think I've posted the oldest Mat so far, John, my Aria 1540 was made between 70 and 75! And I mentioned it on page one. Smile

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Post by bowenjaybee on Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:55 pm

MunkiNL hasn't been around for a while but I remembered he bought a Paduak a few months ago. I just checked his serial No and it's D810242.. Link

so if the last numbers represent the production number then it brings his guitar in at No2 very close behind Barry's Thunder 1A (D810040)

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Post by bowenjaybee on Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:19 am

I'm feeling pleased with myself today. I picked up a Thunder 1A bass last night complete with original hard case for £71 ...my original intention was to buy it, keep the case, clean up the bass and sell it on to get some money back....turns out the bass is a very early Westone (C81 = March 1981)... I think I'll keep hold of it now....Very Happy



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Post by Barry on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:55 am

I recently upgraded the bridge on the Thunder and finally took some decent pix. For the record, here's a link to the neck plate :


So...looks like we have (so far) established the oldest Westone guitar and bass?


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Post by David L on Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:49 am

I am assuming my Dimension iv must a little older because it doesn't have a number stamped on the plate which just reads ' a Matsumoku product. Made in Japan.' There is a number on the back of the headstock which appears to be painted on and reads 5050222?

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Post by Barry on Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:33 pm

David, yours would have been made in 1985 so no prize for you! Razz

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Post by David L on Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:56 am

Barry wrote:David, yours would have been made in 1985 so no prize for you! Razz

Nevermind! It's age along with not having much paint left on it and a crackling jack and pot's mean nothing, it's still my pride and joy!

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Post by Bartman on Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:27 pm

Thunder I-A, 2062437

bought it new in New Jersey, still my one and only electric bass.

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Post by Raider on Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:27 am

Not me- My Raider is a Feb '83

Edit: just had its 28th birthday Very Happy

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Post by Thallium on Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:31 pm

Hello !

Thunder II Bass,

My serial number is 102003

The beginning of production ?

A idea for the month ?

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Post by Westbone on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:17 pm

February 1981, that's an early one indeed. Possibly the 3rd one made??

1=81, 02=Feb.

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Post by Iceman on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:24 pm

Is that accurate as far as anyone knows? I mean do the following numbers after the first 3 in the serial represent the Julian Date of the year?

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Post by Westbone on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:34 pm

No, not the Julian(perpetual) calender.

First no. ie. 1= 81. 2 = 82 and so on.
secound 2. ie. 05= may of 1982

The rest possibly guitar production no.

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Post by Thallium on Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:22 pm

Thank you for your answer Westbone.

It's incredible if it's the third thunder bass build in Matsumoku!

If somebody can confirm or not

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Post by corsair on Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:33 pm

It's possible, but there's too many variables to say with any degree of certainty that yours is indeed the third ever built!! That said, it would certainly seem to be the case.... Shocked

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Post by spidey2 on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:22 pm

My Westone Thunder 1


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Post by mozart on Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:53 am

Hi! Mozart here, from the matsumoku forum.
Just wanted to let you know that the "month-theory" doesn't work for Vantages (at least):

I'm owning 2 Vantage Spirits, probably both from 1980, according to the first digit of the ser.no.:

old logo Spirit, six digits: 05xxxx
new logo Spirit, 7 digits: 004xxxx

I don't believe the new logo guitar to be older than the other one!
Can't tell you if it's the same for Westone serial numbers, but never forget uncle Mat's motto:
"Subjects to change without notice" Very Happy

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Post by electricdruid on Wed May 04, 2011 9:25 pm

...finally got around to checking mine: Paduak - C810416 - March 81? Sounds like she's overdue a party! geek


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