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Post by Lowliver on Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:52 pm



Finally got around to paying of the last of this at Skag Convertors and brought it home this afternoon. 140 sheets, not to bad I think. Problem is I can't find any info about this on the actual Westone site. Maybe I am being dense. It says Thunder I on the headstock but non of the models listed on there have this pick up formation and the pick up toggle switch. The serial number (2010949) leads me to believe its a 1982 model. Am I right?


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Post by corsair on Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:11 pm

Welcome here; this may well be a case of " specifications may change without notice"; something Matsumoku were quite adept at!! Thorn may be able to narrow it down a bit, but yeah, 82 looks about right, and in nice condition, too... you got a good 'un there, I reckon!!

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Post by Lowliver on Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:28 pm

Yeah it was one of those "can't miss" sales. Other than a few little dents on the body and a missing volume knob its in good condition. Real nice weight to it. I understand the love for these basses now.

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Post by bowenjaybee on Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:31 pm

That got me thinking..I remember one on ebay last month like that...is it the same one?

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surely the bridge pickup is a modification, any close up pics?



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Post by Lowliver on Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:38 pm

bowenjaybee wrote:That got me thinking..I remember one on ebay last month like that...is it the same one?

ebay link

surely the bridge pickup is a modification, any close up pics?



I think that is it. I bought this from Blackburn Skag Convertors. Its also missing the volume knob in the picture. I can pretty safely say. And its Skag Convertors selling the item. Obviously didn't sell. Cheers for that Bowenjaybee.

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Post by bowenjaybee on Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:28 pm

I'm a Thunder bass nut! If yours is modified from what i can see it looks like a good job....bet it sounds great...I'd love to see what's going on in the control cavity. Does the split pickup have allen-key adjustable pole pieces?

the serial # on yours (2010949) is pretty close to my Thunder 1 bass which i believe makes it Jan '82




a great find ... I've been looking in local skag converters and crack generators for the past year and have only come across one Westone, a spectrum series II bass, I bought it but have now sold it..it wasn't really my cuppa.

More pics cheers

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Post by norfolkngood on Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:05 pm

Looks to be in good nick, nice find.

It looks like my 1982 Thunder I bass except for the pickup near the bridge and the p/up selector switch. But if it has been modded it looks like a tidy job.

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Post by Lowliver on Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:56 am

Yeah, the bridge pick up is certainly a mod. The fittings are completely different to the standard one. Can't see any other alterations. Played it through my little combo at home and the pick up configuration really gives it a growl. The test comes on Monday when I get to put it through the live rig at practise. Will get some more pictures up when I get home.

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Post by Westbone on Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:31 am

That looks pretty good, probably sounds the dogs bollox.
Currently doing one for a customer. P bass body, with added jazz pup(same as yours) and jazz neck. 2 volumes and a tone control.
Bet you can't wait to try it out, properly.

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Post by Lowliver on Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:21 am

Westbone wrote:That looks pretty good, probably sounds the dogs bollox.
Currently doing one for a customer. P bass body, with added jazz pup(same as yours) and jazz neck. 2 volumes and a tone control.
Bet you can't wait to try it out, properly.
That sounds cool.
Yep, its agonizing having to wait till Monday.

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Post by Lowliver on Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:22 am

Here's some more pics of the beast. Sounds and plays fine, just needs a clean up as you can probally spot from these picks. Plus a new volume knob. How easy is it to get original Westone ones?









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Post by corsair on Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:49 pm

Lowliver wrote: Plus a new volume knob. How easy is it to get original Westone ones?


AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Ummm... not real easy... Sad

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Post by Lowliver on Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:33 am

Finally got it playing through the live rig. Really impressed. Such a big sound, I didn't even have to use my eq pedal once. The bridge pickup really helps and being able to swap between settings was an advantage. It's a big rock monster.
Still need some new control knobs. If I can't get hold of original ones anyone got any recomendations for similar looking ones?

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Post by thunder1 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:29 am

> any recomendations for similar looking ones?

I got a set of these from Armadillo for my Thunder 1:
http://forum.westoneguitars.net/for-sale-ebay-craigslist-trademe-etc-f5/brass-replica-knobs-t1043.htm

Not exact but very close.

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Post by corsair on Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:12 am

One of the forum members knocked up a few and I believe they were very good indeed, and Spares had some made a couple of years ago as well; all of the stock went very quickly so there's quite a few bods out there short of these OEM knobs. Here's the thread for Wayne Weedon...

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/wanted-f4/desperately-looking-for-two-brass-monkeys-t45.htm#1476

... but he hasn't been seen on here for a year or two! Still, could be worth a PM, eh?? Smile

I believe our tame Viking offered to make some as well... oh no, wait - they were Swtchmasters, but you could ask him what's involved with making your own??

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/technical-f3/switchmaster-knobs-t828.htm#6716

But otherwise, I'm sorry, mate - they just are orphans and you've gotta keep watching eBay!!

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Post by Lowliver on Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:28 am

Cheers for the links gang. Gonna have a gander and get on the case next week. Hopefully try and get something sorted, I want it road ready for December.

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Post by Westbone on Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:37 am

Yeah, they're not bad basses are they.
As a stop gap these dont look to bad, a bit shiney at first but soon dull.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2x-Solid-flat-top-metal-barrel-Control-knobs-18mm-K1-/140365319105?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item20ae6ccbc1

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Post by wayne weedon on Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:51 pm

corsair wrote:One of the forum members knocked up a few and I believe they were very good indeed, and Spares had some made a couple of years ago as well; all of the stock went very quickly so there's quite a few bods out there short of these OEM knobs. Here's the thread for Wayne Weedon...

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/wanted-f4/desperately-looking-for-two-brass-monkeys-t45.htm#1476

... but he hasn't been seen on here for a year or two! Still, could be worth a PM, eh?? Smile

I'm still around Corsair! Yes but true I'd not popped in here for quite a while. I'm still a Westone man though, just the last couple years been tough in my game so guitars became less important.

BUT I am thinking of making another batch of the thunder knobs, not sure how soon though. I'v also drawn up the thunder Jet style knobs

Wayne.....

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Post by corsair on Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:37 pm

Ahhh.... good to see you, man; I certainly hope things are working themselves out in your favour!! Don't be a stranger, eh!! Very Happy

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Post by Lowliver on Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:04 am

Well if you ever get chance to make those Thunder knobs then you most certainly have a customer here fella. Betting quite a few other folk would be after some as well.

P.S. I like your avatar as well. Stay slack.

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Post by wayne weedon on Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:35 pm

We iz all Devo!

I think I made a batch of about 40 of the brass knobs originally. Zube (Where is he now?!) had a few sets, and one set which were chrome plated.

Polly had some and the rest were ebayed. I do recall one guy in the USA cleared me right out in the end.

I still got the broach etc here, so it wouldnt be too much bother once I get my arse out of the other work for a day or so.

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Post by grogg on Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:58 pm

I got knobbed by Wayne, good too.
Zube was trying to move house and selling off a lot of his awesome guitar collection to fund it (I had 2), wouldnt sell me one of his 250s tho.

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Post by wayne weedon on Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:06 pm

grogg wrote:I got knobbed by Wayne, good too.
Zube was trying to move house and selling off a lot of his awesome guitar collection to fund it (I had 2), wouldnt sell me one of his 250s tho.

Surprised By me? !

He's still kicking I sent him a text the other day and he replied. Yep quite a collection. Not so sure everyone knew he had them though Wink

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