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The Electra Guitar Page - X635 Phoenix Bass

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 08:27 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.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 07:39 AM - Models
Set neck with cherry sunburst flamed maple top, open coil humbuckers, push-pull pots, and gold hardware.

Neal Keyser's spectacular 83 Endorser:

Scott Lewis's beautiful X935cs:

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 03:36 AM - Models
Deluxe set neck ES-335 copy with flamed maple top, pearloid inlays, and gold hardware.

This beautiful archtop hollowbody represents the flagship of the Electra line and of the highest quality of japanese guitars of this period. It is comparable in quality with any of the best vintage guitars of this type.

Early versions have an open-book headstock (1976 may have been the first year of this model) but by '77 the switch was made to Fan-style headstock.

As fan-style headstocks and peace-symbol logos are generally considered to be a mark of Matsumoku-made guitars, it would seem the Jazz Strad is an example of Matsumoku's specialty in the early Electra years- premium archtops. The Maple Pro is another interesting example of this, and worlds apart from the early Slimlines.

Thanks to Dan Taylor for photos of his beautiful '76 X410.

From the 1977 catalog:

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 12:28 PM - Models
Bolt neck LP copy with Flamed Maple top and gold or silver hardware.

Early versions had an open-book style headstock, italic logo, and a maple fingerboard; while the later versions had a divided style headstock and the peace-sign style logo and name along with a rosewood fingerboard.

The later model seems to be Matsumoku, but the earlier model is uncertain in origin- most likely made by Matsumoku or Fuji gen Gakke.

A later-style 2249:

An early-style 2249

From the 1977 catalog:

From the 1981 pricelist:

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 12:20 PM - Models
Bolt-neck LP copy, black with silver hardware.

Different variations of this guitar 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:

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