Re: Westone Thunder 2 Bass info needed

: : I have just bought a Westone Thunder 2 Bass guitar in beautiful condition for 50 pounds. It plays well, and comes with a very tatty, shaped case. Was this guitar worth the money? Any information regarding this subject would be most appreciated - especially any info relating to the battery driven internal circuitry. Please reply to

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: : Thanks.

: Basically you have bought a bargain. I have owned a Thunder III bass from new (bought around 1985) which cost around £295 back then and has through neck, active electronics and twin pickups. The company that made them, (Matsumoku in Japan) also made Aria Pro II guitars. Westone build quality is hard to fault and I have heard people who know a lot more about guitars than me, say that you need to spend £600 or upwards to find anything better. May only advice is get a decent hard case for it - mine rewards this by staying in tune even after being in the case for months.

I also bought a Thunder III in about 85 - I got it because it was the first bass i heard which sounded great plugging straight into the line in of a mixing desk, so pirncipally bought it as a studio tool. However, once I got to grips with the complexities of the astounding number of combinations you could create through having active/passive electronics, coil tap, out-of-phase switch, pick up selection etc, it became my fave live bass, and has been my main fretted instrument ever since. Saw on another site that they were designed by an ex-Alembic employee!
Build quality is very good - robust, well-balanced, beautifully finished. The Thunder IIIa had gold trim and a brass nut, the Thunder III black and poly nut, I think. A mate had the IIIa but it sounded the same (He's still got his too!). If you get one, NEVER SELL IT!!!


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