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Post by GabGaff on Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:33 pm

Hi,

I have recently purchased a Westone Thunder 1 a fretless bass. 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Westone-Thunder-1A-Fretless-Bass-Black/273159094297?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649


It all looks legit to me so I am just wondering why is there no Westone Thunder 1 A fretless bass model listed under Thunder basses in the main website?

The fret-board of the guitar i bought is completely smooth, i.e. it hasn't been de-fretted, and I think the original owner may have had it from new.

I have seen some other Thunder 1 A fretless bass  models online, and some have been de-fretted but I am not sure about the others.

Is there such a model, or can anyone shed light on my guitar?

Thanking you,

Gabriel
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Post by Barry on Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:20 pm

Apparently not  scratch  II's and III's but no I's
You may have a "rare" one there.

Now,of course..."we want pix!"

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Post by GabGaff on Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:46 pm

The pics below are from the ebay listing. If they are not of good enough quality I may take some additional ones myself...

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Post by Westbone on Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:46 pm

https://i2.wp.com/www.westoneguitars.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/072.jpg
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Post by Barry on Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Good going Damian. At least we know it isn't a mirage! Still a rare bird though.
I wonder if there was ever a catalogue with it featured.

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Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:11 am

That price list is from the '84 catalogue.

Looks like the side dots on the neck are just as the fretted bass.

Is that right GabGaff?
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Post by GabGaff on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:21 am

Yes, the serial number starts with a 4 so I guess a 1984 model.
See pic below for side dots...

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Post by GabGaff on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:24 am

...but neck not painted black as in a fretted model.
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Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:14 am

Around that time all the painted models had no paint on the neck, 6 strings and basses.

If you need a tuner with the logo(gear cover) give me a shout.

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Post by GabGaff on Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:43 am

Ah ok, I have a black 1985 Thunder 1 A bass (fretted) that has a black back, that is what I was comparing it to... Smile
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Post by GabGaff on Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:50 am

...regarding "If you need a tuner with the logo(gear cover) give me a shout." 


I think the tuner is probably fine, but yes it does need a cover, so if you have one to spare, please let me know, thanks  Smile
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Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:55 am

Have a spare tuner not just the cover.

Send me a pm if you need it.
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Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:00 pm

GabGaff wrote:Ah ok, I have a black 1985 Thunder 1 A bass (fretted) that has a black back, that is what I was comparing it to... Smile
Prefer the unpainted necks personally... Smile

What strings you have on the fretless?
Flat wounds play great on a fretless.
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Post by Barry on Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:45 pm

Westbone wrote:That price list is from the '84 catalogue.
Right but not actually featured in the cat itself.
An interesting find nonetheless.

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