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Post by ExFender on Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:55 pm

A guy in Frankfurt is selling this neck-thru that I might be able to score.  Seem to check all the boxes for a Mats axe, and there is some confirmation on the Westone site that Oaklands were made by them.  Only the headstock seems a bit misplaced.  The serial number suggests 1980.  It might even be a re-branded TS-800 (for which there is no data other than it existed).

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Post by ExFender on Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:17 pm

Just found a Thunder I bass on Ebay where the headstock shows the Westone logo across the top and "Oakland by" between the tuners plus the properly engraved truss cover.

The axe WILL be actively pursued!  And is equipped with MMK-53s
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Post by challpa on Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:28 pm

Good luck it looks very nice
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Post by Barry on Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:09 am

Yup, Oakland was a Mats!

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Post by ExFender on Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:57 pm

As I mentioned, I am definitely going after this one.  I've corresponded with the owner and turns out we were near neighbors around 20 years ago.  Unfortunately, the axe is on the fleabay site or he would have probably accepted what I'll be able to shell out (I'm hoping it won't be even THAT much!).
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Post by Barry on Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:24 pm

You can see an "Oakland by Westone" brand on Thunder model on our website HERE
I don't know of any definitive info on who or what Oakland was.

Your model looks very much like a prototype of the Thunder line.

Good luck getting it!

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Post by jorg on Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:15 pm

Its the blue neckthru Skylark with controls of the middle model. http://www.matsumoku.org/models/skylark/skylark_info.html


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Post by Barry on Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:27 pm

Ah, yes, interesting Chris. Forgot about the Skylarks.
Still no idea who Oakland was though.

Such an incestuous fellow was our Uncle Mats! Naughty
Really dig that blue one.

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Post by Westbone on Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:03 am

Here's a thread regards Oakland
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Post by ExFender on Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:21 am

rim shot 3 - 2 - 1 - WON! So Happy Dance 2
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Post by Barry on Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:10 pm

Happy Birthday 2
Nice!

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Post by corsair on Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:23 pm

Excellent!!

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Post by challpa on Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:08 pm

Congrats Smile
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Post by ExFender on Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:04 pm

Picked it up and went directly to my Son who is staying with his girlfriend till the crisis is over. The axe has only one small chip on the upper horn where the strap pin is located. The guy I got it from had it for 25 years and hadn't played it for the past 6. The strings are 7 years old😲!

Otherwise the pup hardly looks more than a week old🤗.

I let my Son have the honor to play it first, ten he tried to bribe me with dinner to leave it with him... The SOUND that thing produced was astounding - he was flabbergasted (me too!)! There are 9 - 43's on it so I need to order a set and the setup does not seem to need any tweaking. I'll run it thru my Bugera tomorrow.

Paid more than I was hoping but a BUNCH less than I expected. Photos will be forthcoming.
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Post by jorg on Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:36 pm

Can't wait!!
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Post by ExFender on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:02 pm

Here are two of the body - front and back.  The rear shot is with the aluminum electronics cover removed showing the isolation paint cavity.  The front shows that there is virtually no oxidation on the metal parts.  Really hard to believe that this thing is 40 years old!Oakland (by Westone/Matsumoko?) Dscf6523Oakland (by Westone/Matsumoko?) Dscf6524
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Post by jorg on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:59 pm

I dig it!!
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Post by Barry on Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:21 pm

Wowser!  Dance 1

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Post by challpa on Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:54 pm

Sweet Smile
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