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Westbury Track II Bass

Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:31 am

Another well made Matsumoku Bass from 1981.






Dimarzio pickup, with series/parallel switching. Sounds 'king OK.


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Post by Warrn on Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:15 am

Gorgeous. Love the cream pickup.
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Re: Westbury Track II Bass

Post by Steve777 on Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:40 pm

Hey Westbone, those Track basses are well regarded and go for not a meagre amount! If I remember correctly, the body is made from Mulberry. Nice condition
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Re: Westbury Track II Bass

Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:13 pm

It is a nice bass. Decent sound to. More like an old precision type neck, '60's style.
Very well finished. A bit heavier than it looks.
Just sold it, had it years just doing nothing. Seems there's quite a few Westbury's in the states!
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Re: Westbury Track II Bass

Post by The Chad on Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:15 am

Wow that thing is sexy.
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Post by Iceman on Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:29 pm

The Chad wrote:Wow that thing is sexy.

+1. Lucky ducky!
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Post by PaulS on Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:01 am

Bump for an old topic - Westbone, I find myself gassing for one of these. Do you by any chance know the weight and width of the neck at the nut. And, furthermore, is there anything sinister going on underneath the scratch plate ie could it be removed or are there capacious routings?

Thanks for any info!

Paul



Edit - found out elsewhere and GAS cured - too heavy, neck too fat!

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Post by Westbone on Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:30 pm

From what I remember, no suprises under the pickguard.

Very wide neck, too wide, look at the spacing?

Bridges are prone to splitting.

Sexy guitar. Give me Jazz bass anyday:lol: or a Thunder I or a Concord II.
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Re: Westbury Track II Bass

Post by PaulS on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:53 am

Went for 130-ish in the end, so even if it had been light enough I would have passed, I think. I do like the double cutaway shape, though, and miss my old Washburn Scavenger - which was seriously heavy.

I have never tried a short scale bass, so it finally occurred to me I should try an Epiphone EB-0 and kill two birds with one stone.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:47 pm

For a short scale, try a Concord I.

Seriously underrated.

There's a few pro's I know who use these.
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Re: Westbury Track II Bass

Post by The Chad on Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:09 pm

Hey Paul S., check this out... Westbury Track 2

Super cheap starting price, there you go!
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Re: Westbury Track II Bass

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:07 pm

Paul, I was also watching that track 2 with much interest, only down side was the ugly replacement bridge, like damian said, the original bridges are prone to cracking and I've never seen a spare for love nor money.
I'm still looking for one, and a westbury standard/deluxe 6 string......hoax wanna sell one?
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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:00 pm

Gibson/Epiphone bridges are an exact replacement.

If you look at the bridge on the one I had you'll notice a bar at the rear of the bridge. I made this and called it a 'sustain' bar Wink . It does actually help a bit.

This bridge was split and as you tune it pulls the middle of the bridge up , causing it to bow up. The bar prevents this.

It also gives you a little more travel over the saddles. Otherwise the coloured tape(cotton) usually goes over the E/A saddles and looks a bit crappy. That's why there's plain looking strings on it.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:23 pm

wow! had no idea the gibson/epi bridge was exact, kinda wish I had looked harder....thanks for the tip man!

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Post by Westbone on Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:34 am

One other thing about these.

You'll notice the fingerboard overhang as your getting up to the 12th fret at the E+G strings.

It's as if the neck is to wide for the bridge/ nut set up.

Not very nice to play as the neck feels huge.
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