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The Electra Guitar Page - X640 Electra Phoenix Bass (active EQ)

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 10:59 AM - Models
Like the X630 bass and X130 guitar, two series exist. All are bolt neck double cutaway with ash body, maple neck, chrome hardware, brass hardtail bridge with two double coil pickups with 3-way selector, active EQ circuit.

The early (1981-2) seris had a black pickguard, brass nut, brass knobs.

X640N (natural)

X640S (stained)

X640B (black)

X640W (white

The later (1983+) series had pickups installed flush into the body with no pickguard, and black knurled speed knobs.

X630NA (natural)

The lucky bass player has five different finish versions of this active EQ model, compared to the guitarist's one for the X150. The X640W might be one of the rarest of all Electra Phoenix, at present we have no image of one and only the catalog's mention of its existence.

From the 1981 pricelist:

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 10:43 AM - Models
Like the X135 guitar, two different series of the X630 exist. All are bolt neck double cutaway with ash body, maple neck, chrome hardware, brass nut, brass hardtail bridge, one double coil pickup.

The early 1981-2 series has a black pickguard and brass knobs.

X630N (natural)

X630S (stained)

X630B (black)

X630W (white)

The later (1983+) series has the pickup set flush in the body with no pickguard and knurled black speed knobs, like the rest of the Phoenix models.

X630NA (natural)

X630JB (jet black)

From the 1981 pricelist:

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 10:10 AM - Catalogs
1981 brought the introduction of the all-new Electra Phoenix models, as well as the new Ultima, Invicta, Powered EQ and Workingman models. All were original designs by Tom Presley featuring a powerful range of wiring and tonal options. The MPC models remained, as well as a handful of LP style models.

Although this pricelist is much more modest than the color glossy photos of 1977 and 1972, it represents at present the best picture we have of the Electra models of this time- all made by Matsumoku at the height of their craft, and without exception all fine instruments.

Note the wrong image above listed with the X150- an X650 Phoenix bass is shown instead of the laminated stripe body X150- perhaps an error, or perhaps a substitute when production images were not yet available?

Saturday, February 16, 2008, 09:11 AM - Models
Set neck natural maple body with carved oak leaves on top, 'Tree of Life' inlay on maple fretboard, silver hardware and double Magnaflux humbuckers, stop tailpiece.

From the 1977 catalog:

Friday, February 15, 2008, 11:35 AM - Catalogs
This has got to be one of the coolest bits of gadget literature ever. This booklet alone makes it totally worth it to own an MPC guitar. The cookbook of combinations and settings is great- remember the days before presets? And the last few pages you can print out and write up your own favorite MPC cocktail recipes.

Remember to click on the images to view larger (legible) images.

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