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Post by Iceman on Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:45 pm

If you are looking for humbuckers I'd say your best bet is to search within the Westone Spectrum line.  The benefit here being that the family lineage extends back many years to the Electra Phoenix line of models as well.

This is an Electra/Westone x185 Phoenix from the 18 month or so period of time when Electra as a brand was morphing into the Westone brand.

This particular model line has 2 big benefits going for it.  The first is the seemingly endless configutations of pups, coil splits or taps, signal reverses and so forth.  The second benefit which IMHO is far more attractive is that these axes are damn near as close to bulletproof as anything that was ever built by any manufacturer, Matsumoku or otherwise.



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Post by Iceman on Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:58 pm

Westone Spectrum FX which is also known as a model as an x199pw...


 


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Post by Guitarcrap on Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:34 am

That is a beautiful guitar!

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Post by The Don on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:51 am


Yup, in my experience Spectrum FXs are fine gigging guitars. My Silverstone FX cost me £100 a couple of years ago and needed one knob (thanks to TVill25 I had a spare when I put two of his resin knobs on my Spectrum ST), a new jack socket and restringing to make him good to go.

While the other Wyld Bird Seed guitarist is faffing about changing between Les Paul and Epiphone Casino, I can get a far greater range of sounds, and I hardly ever go out of phase or drop the middle pickup. He also seems to spend an inordinate amount of time tuning - the FX stays in tune excellently. The only reason I bring a spare guitar to gigs is that once I broke a string and that threw out the tuning - reloading immediately was quicker than restringing. Fortunately I have a near identical Silverstone Spectrum GT as a backup Very Happy

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Post by corsair on Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:20 am

Specs are great, aren't they?! I'd love one - an FX - but the only one I ever really had a crack at - in a Cash Converters in Rotorua, NZ in about 2008 - was a exercise in frustration as the thing was over-priced, but not by a lot and the poxy manager wouldn't budge on the price. I kissed it off and walked away, even though I had the money in my pocket; I hate wankers like that in pawn shops!

I do like my LX and my GT and would happily gig them; I also have an Electra X195 which is the owner of a unique sound, being S/H/S layout; the Westone Thunder 3, version III does the same thing with a set neck - I fancy one of them, too!!

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Post by Guitarcrap on Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:15 pm

I have been talking to the guy in Denver that has the Spectrum ST. we may do a trade. A Fender MIM Strat for his Spectrum.;

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Post by DimensionIV-addict on Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:36 pm

Speckies are AWESOME guitars. The LX are the same as Dim-IV's but rounder clown
Man I'd love to try and own an FX at some point...white especially Drool 2
(and of course a 350MA.... and a 390.... and a .... sigh*)

Best of success getting it Guitarcrap. I'm certain you won't be disappointed when you do.

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Post by The Don on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:05 am

Guitarcrap wrote:I have been talking to the guy in Denver that has the Spectrum ST. we may do a trade. A Fender MIM Strat for his Spectrum.;
For an ST ? I think you're getting the wrong end of that deal - I have one in pretty poor cosmetic condition that plays just fine and I literally cannot give it away...

Foran SX, well that may be a different kettle of fish...

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Post by corsair on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:24 am

The Don wrote:
For an ST ? I think you're getting the wrong end of that deal

Yeah... reckon so, especially if the ST has the UBC p'ups...

The Don wrote:For an SX, well that may be a different kettle of fish...

Hmmmm... closer, but still??

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Post by Westbone on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:37 am

If you mean this one at least the pups have been upgraded.

http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/5465842695.html

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Post by Barry on Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:31 am

I am a huge Spectrum fan and I played an ST for years in the band. But that's getting close to CAD$300 so yes, that's pricey, even with new pickups. Might be easier to judge if we knew what's actually in there. No case either.

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Post by Guitarcrap on Thu May 05, 2016 1:13 pm

I backed out of the deal for the ST. The seller wanted me to include a case plus asked if I had anything else I could add to the trade. I think greed overcame his rationality.

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Post by Guitarcrap on Thu May 05, 2016 1:15 pm

I will continue to look around my area for A nice guitar or bass. I prefer dealing face to face.

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