Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Westone Spectrum MX from 1985 in red cellophane finish

Here's another "Spectrum"-named guitar from Japan, this one bringing proof that Haryama weren't the only Japanese guitar makers in the 1980s producing cellophane finishes. This Westone Spectrum MX is a Matsumoku-made guitar (yes, them again!), Westone being their house brand. Features are a 25.5" scale length, 22 frets, solid Maple body, Hard Maple neck and fingerboard (so it could well be heavy). Pickups are two Magnaflux III singlecoils, and a Magnaflux I UBC (unbalanced coil) humbucker in the bridge position. Controls are a 5-way pickup selector, single volume and single tone - the latter being a push/pull switch for coil tap. The guitar also features a floating tremolo system.

The Westone Spectrum MX was produced between 1985-1986 and was also offered in an all-over blue finish.

This guitar is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $429, and the seller points out that the middle pickup is currently not working and so will need some attention.

G L Wilson

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