Sunday, September 23, 2007, 05:33 AM - Models
Bolt neck LP copy, ivory white finish, maple neck with black dot inlay.








With maple neck and brass nut, these models resemble LP copies in appearance but are quite different to play- much more reminiscent of original humbucker-guitar designs of the 80's.


Because this model straddles the transition period away from 'lawsuit era' copies, its changes in headstock shape and truss rod cover are an interesting study. All early (non-fan shape) models carry Hoshino-style serial numbers, in which the first digit is month and the next two are year. This suggests that these Zephyrs were made by either Matsumoku or Fujigen, both of whom made guitars for Hoshino. Later fan-shaped models are assumed to be made by Matsumoku.


From the 1977 catalog:










Sunday, September 23, 2007, 02:49 AM - Models
Bolt neck LP copy with Jacaranda Rosewood top and gold hardware.





Different variations of this guitar may exist- earlier versions had open-book 'lawsuit' style headstocks, around 75 or 76 all LP models transitioned and by 77 all had wave style headstocks.


Dating of these models is uncertain except by comparing headstock and hardware details to known examples.



Sunday, September 23, 2007, 02:39 AM - Models
Bolt-neck LP copy, goldtop with gold hardware.





Different variations of this guitar may exist- earlier versions had open-book 'lawsuit' style headstocks, around 75 or 76 all LP models transitioned and by 77 all had wave style headstocks.


Dating of these models is uncertain except by comparing headstock and hardware details to known examples.






From the 1972 catalog:




Sunday, September 23, 2007, 02:04 AM - Models


Bolt-neck Les Paul style, transparent red with gold hardware.


Different variations of this guitar may exist- earlier versions had open-book 'lawsuit' style headstocks, around 75 or 76 all LP models transitioned and by 77 all had wave style headstocks.


Dating of these models is uncertain except by comparing headstock and hardware details to known examples.





Saturday, September 22, 2007, 04:27 AM - Models
In 1982 a new version of the Phoenix bass was added, which like all 1982 models carried an Anniversary Edition plate on the back of the headstock. The 1982 model featured a laminated ash & walnut body, like the X149 and X150 guitars and X650 bass.





Previously it was thought that all X635's had brown or dark red bodies, but Scott Lewis sends these pictures of his beautiful X635 with natural wood (blonde) body:






By 1984 painted wood versions appeared, the X635PW (pearl white) and X635SS (silverstone = metallic bronze).





The Anniversary edition with stripes continued until 1985, when the Electra name was dropped in favor of Westone. The X635 continued as the Westone Spectrum DX bass.

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