Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 05:25 AM - Models
Bolt neck double cutaway with ash body, maple neck, chrome hardware,and dual humbuckers with coil tap toggle switch.


First Series:
X135G Green
X135C Champagne (gold)
X135P Purple
X135B Brown
X135S Silver


Second series:
X135NA Natural


Third Series (Westone Spectrum ST):
X135BK Black
X135R Red
X135W White


The first series was a deluxe version of the X130 with special metallic paint and black pickguard like the X130, brass nut, brass hardtail bridge with strings through body, brass knobs.





Most had a brass '1982 commemorative anniversary' plate on the back of the headstock with an additional serial number.





Pictures above courtesy of Darren Costello.


The second series was almost a different model entirely- instead of a pickguard, it had pickups mounted flush against the body, like all Phoenix models to follow:





In 1985 the third X135 series appeared with a Bendmaster bridge, under the name Westone Spectrum ST (standard), first only in black, then in 86 red and white were added. Through these three series the X135 became the longest-running model of the Phoenix/Spectrum family.









Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 05:14 AM - Models
Bolt neck double cutaway with ash body, maple neck, black pickguard, chrome hardware, brass nut, brass hardtail bridge with strings through body, and dual humbuckers with coil tap toggle switch, brass knobs.


Standard models:


X130N Natural

X130S Walnut stain


Custom models had premium tuners, canadian rock maple bodies:


X130B Black

X130W White

X130R Red

X130BL Blue










photos courtesy of Tim Root.



The X130 was one of the first Electra Phoenixes to appear in 1980. The standard models have wonderfully resonant figured ash bodies, and the brass nut and hardtail string-though bridge add to the great tone. In later years this model omitted the string-through-body holes.



From the 1981 pricelist:






Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 04:55 AM - Models
Bolt neck double cutaway with, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, chrome hardware, vintage style bridge, and single humbucker with one volume knob.


(pictures needed!)


With its single pickup, modest vintage style bridge and no tone knob, the X125 is certainly the humblest of the Phoenix/Spectrum family, released at a time when rock and metal players began to favor a single bridge pickup and no tone control, relying entirely on amp and effects for tone shaping.




Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 04:31 AM - Models
Bolt neck double cutaway with ash body, maple neck, chrome hardware, vintage style bridge, and single humbucker with coil tap toggle switch.


X110N- Natural finish
X110VW- Vintage White
X110JB- Jet Black





With its single humbucker and economy bridge, the X110 is the humblest of the Phoenixes, but behind the minimalist appearance lies a deceptively versatile sleeper. The MMK45 pickup offers much more tonal range via the tone knob than most guitars, and the coil tap feature allows an even greater variety of sounds.


In 1985 another single-pickup model with the same body was introduced, the X125, which had only a single volume knob, no tone knob. (by 1985 the name Electra had been replaced by Westone)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 04:25 AM - Models
Bolt neck 1 1/2 cutaway with Ash body, black finish, 5-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, two humbuckers with black coil covers, chrome hardware.





Photo courtesy of John Polster.


The Workingman, true to its name, was intended as a no-frills model offering pro quality at a low price.




From the 1981 pricelist:




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