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Thrash guitarist looking for his old Westone Spectrum

Post by ThrashmanfromVirus on Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:43 am

" border="0" /> I'm looking for this guitar or one of the same model.. This me playing in Cardiff at the Ritzy in 1988 in my Thrash metal band "VIRUS" from the UK, with my Westone Spectrum, can't remember if its a limited edition or not, but as ive ressurected the band again for our 20th anniversary i would like to get my hands on one. If anyone can even tell me the model i will be eternally grateful!!!

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Post by Warrn on Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:34 am

That's actually a Westone Dimension IV, not a Spectrum. To my knowledge there were no limited editions, just color choices, and most of the one's I've seen are black. There's also white with a red lightning bolt graphic, or red with a matching red fretboard.

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thx for clearing that up

Post by ThrashmanfromVirus on Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:07 am

Hi there, sorry for being a bit ignorant about that, but time & too many drugs have clouded my memory.. what i do know is there weren't many of them made so its gonna be hard to track one down that is in good nick!!!had a look on Ebay but nothing so far but thx again for your info & help:)

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Post by corsair on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:09 am

Hi there, fella - good pic;nice to see the gear being used!! Dim 4's aren't that uncommon and pop up on Ebay and CL reasonably regularly; just keep watching,eh!!

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Post by Barry on Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:28 am

Hi coke. Thanks for the picture.
We have seen a few "pointy" guitars lately, including this one, in Canada & the US on eBay and Kijiji. I have a feeling that Westones generally speaking are a bit easier to find on this side of the big water. By contrast it's harder to find other models of Matsumoku made guitars here which are available in Europe.

As Corsair says, keep checking eBay (internationally too), also keep checking the "For Sale" forum here. Many of us regularly scan the ads and post links to items of interest. If we know a member is looking for something specific we can keep an extra eye out for you.

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cheers mate;)

Post by ThrashmanfromVirus on Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:16 pm

Thx very much Barry for your info & your kind words man!!! I do miss that guitar!!!!! I will constantly check Ebay now & will check the "for sale forum" on here.
I'm sure one of these spikey beauties will pop up somewhere, sometime.....thrashhhhh on dude!!!!


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cheers mate;)

Post by ThrashmanfromVirus on Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:20 pm

Thx for your kind words Corsair!!! we used to have a huge stack of Marshalls back then...& that was a bloody good tour too!!! I'm very glad to hear that the Dim's aren't that uncommon & i'm sure there's one out there with my name on it!!!! cheers for that bud!!!!

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Post by Warrn on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:17 am

Dim's definitely aren't uncommon over here in the US, I'm sure one of us will spot one soon! I'm got a Dim IV bass myself. Hotter than anything with actives for sure!

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cheers mate;)

Post by ThrashmanfromVirus on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:21 am

thx warm, keep yer eyes peeled for me buddy;)

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Post by silence86 on Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:05 am

just wanted to let you know that a black dim 4 popped up on ebay (ireland):

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Post by Warrn on Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:57 am

Looks to be in great shape, too!

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Re: Thrash guitarist looking for his old Westone Spectrum

Post by boutjp97 on Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:25 am

Does look to be in great shape, a little creative picture taking though. Ask for close-ups of the horn ends and the back, hard to get a good pic on black but all of us who own the pointy guitars know that the horns get banged up over the years and buckle rash is ever present on old guitars. Also did you notice that the center p/u is a humbucker? All in all looks like a good buy to me.

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Re: Thrash guitarist looking for his old Westone Spectrum

Post by Guest on Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:28 am

He also says that it needs two new saddles - if it does that will probably mean a new trem, I don't know of any suitable replacement saddles for the Bendmaster FT

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Post by SunDog on Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:21 pm

Thorn wrote:He also says that it needs two new saddles - if it does that will probably mean a new trem, I don't know of any suitable replacement saddles for the Bendmaster FT

Just curious - have you beat the bushes on the replacement saddles? I was thinking that you could probably find something close - and then replace all six if you want a uniform look - but I have not yet done the leg work.

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Post by Guest on Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:40 pm

I've looked at a lot of suppliers and haven't found anything close to the originals. I suspect the seller doesn't actually mean saddles (since they all seem to be there in the pictures - though it looks as if the fine tuners screws are missing) and the parts that need replaced are the claw shaped bit the ball end of the string fits in. They would be harder to replace, probably impossible at least with off the shelf parts from other manufacturers

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Post by silence86 on Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:49 pm

did we ever answer the question if a bendmaster ft can be replaced by a bendmaster deluxe?

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Post by corsair on Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:50 pm

There's been a bit of talk about the FT over the years, and generally the feeling is that you'd have to buy a complete guitar just for the bridge; bits are that rare. I suppose there would be an aftermarket locking bridge that'll fit closely enough - colt knows much more about this than me...

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Post by grogg on Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:43 pm

I thought you were moving to the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth or something. Now youre in Oz?
Greatest rugby tournament of all starts Sat, cmon Wales!!!

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Post by corsair on Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:30 pm

Nah, mate - Jersey! Just a wee stopover in Oz so the good lady can earn pots of dosh.... we'll be in Jersey mid-March.

What's this "rugby" of which you speak?!

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Re: Thrash guitarist looking for his old Westone Spectrum

Post by Westbone on Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:48 pm

30---17

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Post by grogg on Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:56 pm

First in 4 years

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Post by grogg on Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:03 pm

12-17 just.
And what a finish in Cardiff.

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Haha.. great photo!

Post by richard_senior on Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:40 pm

Oh that's just distilled 1980's! Great photo.

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Re: Thrash guitarist looking for his old Westone Spectrum

Post by THEBARRON on Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:25 am

G`Day Mate, this may be right up your alley, check out e-bay in the U.S running @ $54.00 (u.s) @ the moment.
Is advertised as WESTONE DIMENSION IV PROJECT. (dunno, looks close to the one you had on your pic), good luck & hope this helps.
Cheers,
Richie from Down under , .

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