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Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:06 pm

Hi,

Could someone tell me something about this guitar?
I'm going to buy it. Seller says that this is the original color and the guitar was made ​​in Japan in 1985/86.
This is true?



Can you tell me what is its technical specifications?


(Sorry for my bad English)
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:15 pm

Nice colour. Seafoam green?

http://www.westoneguitars.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/p72.jpg

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http://www.westoneguitars.net/basses/spectrum/
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:25 pm

I dont know if the paint is original. I'm trying to prove it.
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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:36 pm

Could well be..'subject to change without notice'... a one off custom colour.

You'd have to strip it down to have a look.
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Post by gittarasaurus on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:40 pm

it may be the original finish (slightly aged), other Westone models were sold with something close

i have this six stringer in a very similar color 
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:01 pm

Scratches on the body shows that the bottom has no other paint.

It's possible that this guitar was manufactured in Japan in '86?



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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:15 pm

What's the serial number?
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:17 pm

I don't know Sad
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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:26 pm

I'd say around '88, so makes it Korean.

Still a very nice bass. Great colour

It's active/passive....Smile
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Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:37 pm

Unfortunately, active electronics are damaged.
I hope I can get it fixed.
It has some damage in the body:








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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:47 pm

How much?
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Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:50 pm

406 USD, it's too expensive?
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Post by Westbone on Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:00 pm

Yes, in the condition you describe
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Papa Slayer on Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:08 pm

In Poland there are few of these guitars. The sale is only this one guitar at the moment.
I can't decide on the purchase.
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by contrahell on Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:33 pm

I have a Spectrum guitar I've dated to early 1988 (probably Korean, at least in assembly) that is the exact same color. They called it Sky Blue iirc, but mine has yellowed to a nice seafoam green. Excellent guitar!

If the price is right, snag that bass. I also have a Korean Spectrum I bass (1989, single pup, smooth heel) that I picked up for a song (pun intended!). It plays beautifully, sounds great, and is in very good++ condition.
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by contrahell on Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:16 pm

If it were Japanese, it would either have a heel plate stamped "Westone, A Matsumoku Product, Made in Japan with the serial # or a heel plate stamped the same way minus the serial #. If this is the case, the serial # will be stamped in the back of the headstock.
Looks like yours doesn't have the smooth heel, which if it has a heel plate with no markings, would make it a 1988 Korean, as Westbone said. With the active electronics out, I would offer less (like $250 USD tops with a case), using the repair as a bargaining chip. But then again, I'm in the USA, and I'm sure the markets are very different.
I'm finding they used different colors in the late 1987 to 1989 transition time from Japan to Korea.

I own way too many damn Westones (7 at last count) and too damn many Matsumoku made basses (somewhere around 20 at last count). Thank God my wife is, for the most part, understanding.
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Barry on Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:14 pm

contrahell wrote:...I own way too many damn Westones...
Not possible. Smile

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Post by Papa Slayer on Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:46 pm

Contrahell, you can put here some photos of your spectrum?
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:31 pm

Almost definitely Sky Blue (sb) I have the 6 string Spectrum Series II, 1989 ish korean , was sky blue but now a beautiful sea foam/ turquoise affair, simply a stunning colour.

was this colour

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now this colour

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I didn't think much of the colour in the sellers pictures, until it arrived, now it's my wifes favourite guitar and I've come to love the colour
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Post by contrahell on Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:31 pm

Barry wrote:
contrahell wrote:...I own way too many damn Westones...
Not possible. Smile
Please convince my wife of that Barry..........affraid
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Post by contrahell on Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:54 pm

Papa Slayer wrote:Contrahell, you can put here some photos of your spectrum?
http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=5&u=18520723

Here Papa Slayer, I'll post another that shows the color better.

http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/18/52/07/23/10936714.jpg
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Post by contrahell on Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:00 pm

http://westone.info/cats/88ltded/04.html

From the 1988 catalog.

Mine has the reverse headstock option.
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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Papa Slayer on Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:33 pm

OK, to sum up:

It pays to buy this bass spectrum II with yellowed sky blue colour :)Damaged active electronic (but i'm electronics technician) and some scratches in the body? 406$ ?

For comparison, in Poland the cheapest, new copies of famous brands (Jackson, Cort, Epiphone, LTD etc.) cost about 500 USD.  It's known that these are bad guitars.
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Post by contrahell on Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:44 pm

Have you played it much Papa? For me, that tells everything. If it speaks to me when I play it, I usually buy it.

Sounds like for your market, it may not be a bad deal, especially if you can fix the actives. Good luck!
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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:23 pm

contrahell wrote:http://westone.info/cats/88ltded/04.html
For future reference, here's our own website LINK to this info. Wink 
(Westone.info is an archive site, does not belong to us, and the content is outdated)

You can link to our website from the option in the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Post by contrahell on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:15 pm

Barry wrote:
contrahell wrote:http://westone.info/cats/88ltded/04.html
For future reference, here's our own website LINK to this info. Wink 
(Westone.info is an archive site, does not belong to us, and the content is outdated)

You can link to our website from the option in the menu bar at the top of this page.
Noted, and sorry if that was a faux pas Barry.
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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:20 pm

Not a big deal. It's just that our version contains not only the archive material but the latest available info from people like Westone's principal designer Tom Presley, plus valuable contributions from the forum members here.

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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by jim on Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:27 am

Been on Allegro for quite some time. (By the way, that Thunder II with the Maxon pick ups is back up there too.)

I can't seem to retrieve the post from member Bowenjaybee on his awesome restoration project but must be SPB311 and Barry updated the info with pics of his red one. The dot markers make it stand out. 22 frets might date it before '88 as the info says!
http://www.westoneguitars.net/basses/spectrum/

The color variety is not mentioned but that happened before with other models.


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Re: Bass Spectrum series II in a strange color

Post by Papa Slayer on Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:09 am

It's still on the Allegro. I bought another bass - Ibanez ProLine PL5050, '86 japan. From other seller.
Maybe I buying something Westone in the next time.


http://allegro.pl/westone-spectrum-japonia-lata-80-te-i3548477751.html
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