Friday, February 20, 2009

1980's Westone Spectrum ST X135

I picked up this guitar in January of 2009 and it has a market value of $78.00. I found out it was made in 1985-1987 by the Matsumoku plant in Japan. It's a great sounding guitar and has plenty of tonal options with the coil tap switch. These Westone guitars are a great deal for the price and if you come across one, pick it up!

1985-1987 Matsumoku built Westone Spectrum ST X135

Standard X135 description;
Body and neck are maple
Fingerboard is Rosewood
22 nickel silver frets
25.5 inch scale, with graphite nut
Machine heads - Gotoh TSA (Tremolo System Approved)
Pickups - Magnaflux I UBC (Unbalanced coil)
Controls - volume, tone (Push/pull switch for coil tap)
3 way pickup selector
Control knobs - Switchmaster
Bridge - Tekglide II trem
Hardware - Chrome

Here's a site with a bit more information and pictures.

Electra guitars were imported from Japan by St. Louis Music from 1971-1984. Most of the instruments were made by Matsumoku in Matsumoto Japan. The Electra line replaces SLM's Japanese made Apollo and US made Custom Kraft lines. The first guitar, simply called The Electra, was a copy of the Ampeg Dan Armstrong lucite guitar and issued in 1971, followed quickly by a variety of bolt-neck copies of other brands. In 1975 the Tree-of-Life guitars debut with a leaf pattern carved into the top, and the Electra line expanded to 25 models. Open-book headstocks changed to wave or fan shape by 1978. By around 1981 ties with Matsumoku further solidified and decision eventually made to merge SLM's Electra brand with Matsumoku's Westone brand. Some Korean production began in the early 80's. In the fall of 1983, the Electra Brand becomes Electra Phoenix. By the beginning of 1984, the brand became Electra-Westone and by the end of 1984 just Westone. By 1987 or 1988 Singer Sewing Machines had bought Matsumoku and killed guitar production. SLM changed the brand to Alvarez (it's acoustic brand) and switched production to other plants, including Korea.

SLM was even competing with itself. Bernard Kornblum's Saint Louis Music (SLM) Electra brand competed with his own brother David Kornblum's California based Pacific Coast Music (PCM) Electra brand yet the two were not connected. Pacific Coast Music's Electra logo was nearly identical to the SLM Electra logo from 1972 to 1975 except instead of the SLM gold text, a black text on a white background was used. Both companies often imported from the same source. Pacific Coast often have an X on the headstock or the pickguard. In general, most favour the SLM versions to the PCM ones and the documentation and models are better represented by the SLM versions.

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15 comments:

Tony said...

I've got one...Great geetar!

Guitar Hunter said...

You're right, they look good, feel good, and sound good.

Anonymous said...

Ive got 1... awesome neck p.u....

Guitar Hunter said...

They are great sounding guitars.

Albrightswestone said...

i have a orange red one and it is excelent condition condition i payed $3,250 fo it and IT sound incredibly awsome

Guitar Hunter said...

Not sure what you paid for it? Maybe $32.50 but I sure hope it wasn't $3,250 for a Westone.

Anonymous said...

Bought a white one in 85, gave it to my daughter in 97, got it back in 2010, rehearsed with and was still pleased with the sound having used a Strat and a Les Paul, bought it from a catalogue back then for around £200.00 or something, i,m gonna keep it now

Guitar Hunter said...

I don't know if I've seen the white model. I don't blame you for keeping it, wish I still had mine.

stevie said...

Yeah i have one i picked it up from my sis' friend who was in debt of bout £90, i paid a £10 for it....xD Black model its a bit worse for wear

Guitar Hunter said...

Great guitar hunting Steve, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

i have one in red color, actually i found it one of my mate's garage then i brought home , i tried it it,s great ...

jaffa said...

Just bought one off my mates son...£35...black finish and a bit battered...but what a deal...thinking of getting a re-spray for it...anyone know the best way to do this yourself?

Anonymous said...

http://private.s3productions.com.au/guitars/

Have a Spectrum DX on my collection site, and just bought a Concord HBII. Love these old matsumokus, cheers, Graeme

Anonymous said...

Bought one out of Cash Converters for £30... had it set up (£55) The best £85 Ive spent in a long time. Neck P.U is a MONSTER!

Anonymous said...

my son's freind brought one by he found in a dumpster. my son wanted to chuck it. i took it apart stripped it all down. somebody blacked it was white. now it's one of his favorite axes. p;ays as good as epephone lespaul. from dumpster to favorite.

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