One of the Spectrums that purchased recently came with an odd-shaped case featuring a faux-alligator exterior and included shipping tags from the UK. I've seen the same case for sale with other Matt guitars, specifically Spectrums and some Arias (I can post a photo, if anyone is curious).
I know that the Electra brand was sold here in North Florida at a guitar store... I have had an email exchange with someone locally who sold them in two small shops here in the 1970s... his comment (regarding Electras) was as follows:
"Frankly, the earlier Electras (like the MPC’s, etc) were dogs…LOL!!! We hated those guitars, but SLM gave Marvin and Richard (store owners) unreal deals that they couldn’t turn down. The second generation of Electra’s were built much better than their earlier guitars and are still better than any of the MIM Fenders I’ve run across over the years."
Westone, I don't think, weren't marketed as heavily in Australasia as were APII and Vantage; I think I only ever saw 2 Westones being played on the band circuits I was on in NZ, and one of those was the Spectrum ST Bass played by a friend of mine, the other - from (an unreliable) memory, was a Spectrum as well. I've not yet seen a Thunder of any kind down here; I'm not saying they're not about, just that I've not seen any!
".... and on the eighth day, God created New Zealanders.
Because even the Australians need heroes"
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