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Post by 6stings Wed Nov 29, 2023 2:39 am

Just joined. Don't know why I haven't long ago...

I got recently one beautiful X-99B Headless Fretless, but the original pickups have been replaced with active EMGs at some point.

I know that the chances to find the originals are slim to none, but I would be grateful if anyone responds.
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Post by Barry Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:04 am

Welcome 6stings.

Uh, you are referencing a Vantage model, which may have been made by Matsumoku depending on the year, but is not part of the Westone line and so not covered on this site.

Many of us have Vantage instruments though (myself included) so maybe one of our bass playing members will have a recommendation for you.

Meantime I suggest you also post your request in the Vantage forum over at our sister site, The Guitar Gallery, which covers all the labels made by Mats: LINK

So sorry to hear about the EMG transplant No no no Barf 2

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Post by 6stings Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:13 am

Appreciate all help I can get!
I have searched around but could not find what I need.

And, for the Westone reference sake, I have a couple of beauties with W on them:
'84 Westone The Rail
'85 Westone Spectrum ST Bass
'85 Westone Quantum
'86 Westone Quantum
'86 Westone Super Headless

I had one more Quantum, but it's in Sweeden now Smile
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Post by Barry Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:16 am

Beautiful collection!

Let's see 'em when you can post pictures eh?  bounce

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Post by 6stings Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:20 am

Let me find the right button...
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Post by Barry Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:40 am

I'm not a bass player but I gotta say that Westone had some of the most daring models on the market.
Sure everyone loves a Fender P Bass, but c'mon, these basses are bad ass beauties! Coffee Drinker

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Post by 6stings Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:44 am

You said it! 
They sound wonderful too! Headless with a little shorter scale, just perfect...
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Post by corsair Sat Dec 02, 2023 11:21 pm

I have a sneaking suspicion that the X-99 may have been a Chushin build, not Matsumoku; I know my X-99 guitar certainly is…
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Post by 6stings Sun Dec 03, 2023 12:38 am

Depends on when they were made, as I found out:
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[url=tel:1978/79 -1984]1978/79 -1984[/url]: all Vantage electrics made by Matsumoku/JAP
...Acoustics made by Katoh, Terada, Ida (and other japanese companies)
1984/85: Chushin (Matsumoto/JAP) also started to build Vantage electric guitars for Erikson Music / MTI
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But since I can't see the serial number anywhere on the bass, you may be right.
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Post by NeilH Sun Dec 03, 2023 2:42 pm

I missed out on an X99b earlier this year. Been wanting to add one to my collection, but they don't come up too often.

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