Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 02:03 PM - Models
Bolt neck double cutaway with maple body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hardware, graphite nut and Bendmaster FT two-post bridge, locking nut, two humbuckers, one single-coil pickup with three pull-switch knobs (V-T-T) for coil tap, fat (center on) and phase; and 3-way selector switch.

X198CR (Candy Red)
X198MBK (Metallic Black)
X198PB (Pearl Burst)
X198CB (Candy Blue)
X198BB (Blue Burst)
X198SWG (Snow White Graphic)

In 1985 the X198 replaced the X189, upgraded not only with a new brand and model name, but a new tremolo system with locking nut and Bendmaster FT bridge, whose cast plate held fine tuners. The tremolo frenzy had continued, and although reasonable minds might have argued that a correctly adjusted full-floating bridge out to offer plenty enough tuning stability if used carefully, wilder voices insisted that the only way to go truly crazy and return to tune again was a locking nut, and that meant a bridge with fine tuners. Unlike the cheaper Bendmaster DX, which used a stamped plate which protruded rather far from the guitar body, the FT was slim and low profile.

In the new letter designation system for model ranges, the LX was considered the full professional line, and had the best of everything, excepting only the set neck of the FX series.

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