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What's that guitar ?

Post by Pro_Rico on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:54 pm

Hi guys, new in this forum and I have just a little question. What's guitar model's I have precisely ? I give you some photo for your search !
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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by corsair on Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:06 pm

If that's the one in your avatar, Rico, it looks like a X185; Spectrum GT, or an X198 Spectrum LX which has been stripped back as they were available in solid colours only.

The knobs are non-OEM as well...

Welcome here, and feel free to sgare as many pix as you feel up to showing us... we like pix!! Laughing

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Pro_Rico on Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:23 pm

Thanks for your response, another guy say me it may be a Westone Spectrum model FX ? I have that westone since 15 years and there's no model numbre (erase on the head doll) or other mark to find the real model. Just a "W" behind the mécanics. I think tjat westone will be black, because inside the body, there's a lot of black paint.

http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0512.jpg

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by colt933 on Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:01 pm

Pro_Rico wrote:Thanks for your response, another guy say me it may be a Westone Spectrum model FX ? I have that westone since 15 years and there's no model numbre (erase on the head doll) or other mark to find the real model. Just a "W" behind the mécanics. I think tjat westone will be black, because inside the body, there's a lot of black paint.

http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0512.jpg

If it has a set neck then it is an FX. But if it is a bolt-on neck then it is NOT an FX.

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by corsair on Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:00 am

I'm leaning towards a GT because of the jack socket; on the LX/FX it is on the side of the body!! Smile

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Warrn on Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:23 am

Gotta say, that is a gorgeous body. Very Happy

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Pro_Rico on Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:06 pm

Effectively, the model Westone Spectrum GT ( X185) is similar as like as two peas in a pod. It is necessary it's a pity to have no serial number because it was sanded at the same time as the rest of the guitar. It's true that without cover of paint, the guitar has a good head !

I just have a part of the tremolo which is broken ( attached photo) and I don't know if I could find it to change it or acquire the set on the net !

http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0513.jpg

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Westbone on Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:27 pm

They're like Hen's teeth, buy a crappy one(Spectrum), use it for spares.

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Pro_Rico on Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:45 pm

I puts on-line all the photos of my nude spectrum taken recently

http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0514.jpg
http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0515.jpg
http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0516.jpg
http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0517.jpg
http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0518.jpg
http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0519.jpg
http://i63.servimg.com/u/f63/15/93/20/85/dscn0520.jpg

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Westbone on Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:58 pm

Bit of filing gone on around the nut end?

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Barry on Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:36 pm

Westbone wrote:Bit of filing gone on around the nut end?
Just a bit! Weird. scratch

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by corsair on Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:44 pm

Well; that's me called a liar; with the Bendmaster FT and the set neck, it's an X199 (FX), and some of them did have the jack on the face of the guitar! Slap me silly... Very Happy

OK; that string claw is problematic in that it is specific to that bridge, and no other. Simple as that. You have some choices, though; 1. Use it a la Keith Richards - he only uses the top 5 strings!, 2. wait and try to find a beat up Spectrum LX, FX or SX so that you can get a claw, 3. get a piece of steel and file up your own, 4. get a gunsmith to make you one (really really expensive!!) and 5. whack on an after-market bridge.

Good luck, man.. oh, you could always do the rounds of the music stores in your area, and have a rummage through their spares boxes; worked for me for exactly this part!!

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Sarah Bellum on Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:00 pm

Hi Rico,

a bit late, but I just joined the forum today.

I'm pretty certain that's a MK1 FX (these are identical to the Electra X199) - which would between 1984 but before Feb 1986 by which time the MK2's were in production.

The FX was the only Spectrum in the series with the built-in neck (typical of Matsumoku's 'tier 2' medium quality guitars) and were the top of the Spectrum range - all the other Spectrums (X198 and lower) were Matsumoku 'tier 1' (mass produced, bolt-on necks).

The MK1 has 'stepped' built-in neck, front mounted jack, angular control cavity coverBendmaster FT trem - (I don't know what the pick-ups were, maybe MMK45's). 

The MK2 (Feb '86) - 'stepped' built-in neck, Bendmaster FT trem - the p/u's are MMK45 hb's + Magnaflux IV single.
 - changed to jack on side.
 - changed to semi circular control cavity cover.

The MK3 - 'stepped' built-in neck, Bendmaster FT trem, jack on side, semi circular control cavity cover.
 - changed to UBC p/u's.

The MK4 (April '86) - jack on side, semi circular control cavity cover, UBC p/u's
 - changed to Bendmaster Deluxe trem.
 - changed the built-in neck join to "heelless" (normally on Matsumoku's 'tier 3' highest quality thru-neck  guitars).

if anyone can add, confirm, deny, please do Smile

hope that helps Smile


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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Westbone on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:27 am

Seen and have April '86 with FT trem. heeless.
Also a March '86 with an FT.

Mix 'n Match eh!

Never seen or heard of anyone having UBC pups. Do they exist??

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photos of UBC FX's

Post by Sarah Bellum on Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:20 am

oh Westone.info's page on the Spectrum FX - www dot westone dot info slash spectrumfx dot html

 - the 1st photos are of a MK3 - with IBC's, and an FT
 - the 2nd photos are of a MK1 - Unknown p/u's (prob MMK's), Jack on front, and an FT
 - the bottom pictures are of a MK4 - UBC's, and a Deluxe

I have a MK2 with a date of Feb '86 (it had MMK45's etc, and an FT)

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Westbone on Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:58 am

All the pups on the FX's will have MMK 45 on the bottom.

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Re: What's that guitar ?

Post by Barry on Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:43 am

Sarah Bellum wrote:oh Westone.info's page...
Hi Sarah, and welcome.
Just so you are aware, the westone.info site is a tombstone/archive site.  You may wish to refer to our own website which contains all the same information plus updated current contributions from the membership here.
WestoneGuitars.net

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