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Post by corsair on Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:30 pm

Why was the Spectrum not available in s/s/s configuration? I would like one.

Electra Phoenix was available in such a configuration, but is a hardtail with a scratchplate and my preference would be a trem bridge with no scratchplate.

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Post by Barry on Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:24 pm

A fair question. They did seem to offer up every other configuration on the planet eh?

Perhaps, it's simply because they had the Concord series which could provide that "Strat" alternative. To put out a Specky S-S-S might have looked like they were trying too hard to look like a Fender, and I think that would have taken away from the uniqueness of the Spectrum line.

Better for naysayers to trash the Concord if it failed as a Strat, than the Spectrum which I'm guessing was a better selling line.

I suppose if you really wanted to, you could replace the HB in one of the H-S-S config's, perhaps with a Tele pup of some sort??

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Post by corsair on Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:57 pm

Yeah, mate; I've "sort-of" done that with the ST/Telecaster and it's a fair impersonation of said Fender, but to complete a fairly expansive set, I'd love a s/s/s Spectrum, eh!

The Concords - bless their little cotton socks - don't blow my skirt up at all combined with which, the fact of the matter is I've not seen a s/s/s Matsumoku that's in need of attention for sale anywhere!! And, looking at the catalogue scans, I don't believe that the Concords were offered at the same time as the Spectrums so there's that reason for no s/s/s Spectrum blown out of the water... Laughing

So it goes... I never thought I'd get a trans. blue SX either, but that's happened!!


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Post by Westbone on Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:28 am

Is it the looks or the sound your after?
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Post by corsair on Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:06 pm

Westbone wrote:Is it the looks or the sound your after?

Oooh, sorry, Damian - I missed this one!

Mate, both, really!! I do like the look of a Spectrum and every now and again I find myself needing/wanting a s/s/s sound...

Now, I do have a Stratocaster here, and the Phoenix X195 which have singles at the bridge and which do the job admirably but, sometimes....

What I might do, if the chance ever occurs, is acquire a munted SX/MX/LX/GT and get a bit creative with the bridge position. I could fill the h/b hole with a block of wood and re-rout a s/c hole, eh.... I mean... how hard can it be?!Laughing

I also wonder why Matsumoku, when they made the Spectrum in so many other variants, didn't do a s/s/s....

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Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:59 pm

maybe because of the Concord guitars with SSS already
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Post by corsair on Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:39 pm

I'm pretty sure that Specs and Concords weren't available at the same time, eh!!

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Post by The Chad on Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:49 pm

I say it was for sales. The market they were after wasn't in the Strat vein so much, more the humbucker dominated arena. So it didn't make financial sense to offer 3 singles.
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