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Bringing An Old Westone Thunder Jet Bass Back to Its Prime

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Post by TPGD Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:01 am

Hi everyone,
Can you help - Somewhat on a whim I bought a Westone Thunder jet bass waaay back in 1984, primarily because I saw Stuart Morrow of New Model Army play one at the original Marquee (those that know...know!) and he made it sound and look phenomenal.

To my eternal regret, I didn't learn to play my bass properly back in the day and it has sat its case in the loft - loved but unused - for the best part of forty years.

My NY resolution is to do what I should have done in the 80s - learn to play the bass properly. I have dug my bass out and it is in relatively good nick, apart from the bridge, which is showing rust/corrosion on the saddles, saddle height adjustment screws & the intonation screws/springs.

Can anyone recommend a source for original or comparable Westone bass bridge parts?

I appreciate any help in getting my bass back to its former glory. My neighbours probably do not... Wink
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Post by Barry Mon Feb 05, 2024 10:46 am

Hi and welcome.

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When you're able to, please show us the condition of your bass and we can comment more intelligently on what to do.

Generally speaking corrosion can be easily removed/cleaned and the original parts restored without too much problem. And it's likely you'll not find a direct replacement.

Here's a bit more info on our website, scroll down to #7: LINK

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Post by Spindrift Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:07 pm

Happy to come across a fellow ThunderJet owner! I had a similar issue with mine, I opted to replace the saddles with a Graphtec set - other aftermarket options are available and won't break the bank too much
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Post by Jerry_B Tue Feb 06, 2024 2:05 am

The saddle screws etc can be replaced with pretty much any other Fender-type ones. I recently bought a few cheap (8 quid) Harley Benton bridges just so that I could use them for spare parts.
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