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Post by Peden Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:13 am

Hello peeps

First post, I have this Westone Thunder 1A bass, I don’t know much about it but the wiring is messed up and the switch is missing ,would anyone know where I can get parts for this, going to try and revive it and see what happens.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers

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Post by Peden Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:15 am

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Would anyone know what switch I need for this, also I haven't seen many Westone Thunder 1A basses with the one pickup, sorry for my ignorance here, I picked this Bass up of a friend for £30, he said it wasn't working and it needed new electronics but I don't know where to start, would like to get it working, strange setup with a wire under the Bridge ?

Cheers and sorry for the edit of the posts, new here .

Cheers

Peden


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Post by Westbone Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:14 am

Can help you with the switch as per your photo. You in the UK?

All electric guitars have a connection to the bridge. It's an earth/common. Otherwise you'd have a massive hum.

Put a few photos up of all the electrics.
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Post by Peden Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:53 am

Hi Westbone

Thank for this, Yeah I live in Swansea at the moment, it has some damage to the paint job , so I have stripped it, the poly coating was a nightmare though.

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Post by Westbone Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:03 am

The broken switch is the active on/off.

I have these. 

Send me a pm.

Looking at the active circuit board. Make sure none of the components are bent onto each other and shorting out. Yours does look a little battered.
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Post by Peden Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:45 am

Yeah, Bloody mess indeed, The Pickup looks like it had some sort of compound on the bottom of the magnets that stuck to the brass plate also, I think I have some of this stuff that I used on computers would that be okay to use here ? the input jack is a bit dodgy too, would like to have brass knobs instead of the plastic ones and a new bridge and tuners to make it look nice, is there anywhere I can pick these items up online, I suppose I am trying to customise the whole thing.
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Post by Westbone Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:02 am

That compound on the bottom of the pickup is perished foam rubber.

Used to push the pickup either up or squash in down with the adjusting screws at each end.

A bit of spit and polish on the bridge and tuners works wonders.

Those black knobs you have are standard items on your model.

do you have a serial number?
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Post by Peden Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:47 pm

So do I put some foam between the plate and the pickup when putting back on, it looks like a compound to me on closer inspection, the serial on the neck is 6050247
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Post by Westbone Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:12 pm

Well the brass base needs a bit glue to secure it to the pickup bottom.

Underneath some foam cushioning.
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Post by corsair Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:23 pm

Foam goes underneath the pickup, in the cavity, to provide some resistance to the adjustment screws.

Really, doesn't look too bad in there...

Got a finish in mind??

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Post by Barry Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:18 pm

Looks good.

If you decide to change the knobs (first of all, don't!) make sure you keep them. They're a proprietary design and highly sought after, and near impossible to find.

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