Spectrum III


Matsumoku, 1984


This model was introduced in 1984 as a replacement for the Concord H-III which was discontinued, and is absolutely no relation to the  Spectrum III that was introduced in 1987.

This model  was likely dropped in 1985 with the introduction of the new Spectrum guitars.


  • body: solid Alder
  • neck: one piece Maple
  • fingerboard: Rosewood
  • graphite nut
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 22 frets
  • H/S/H pickups (2 Hammer I and 1 Super II)
  • precision Tremelo tailpiece
  • single volume and 2 tone controls
  • tone controls are push-pull switches for coil tap and phase adjust
Thanks to Jonathan Springall for the photos of his guitar

Spectrum III frontspectrum III back
Spectrum III body frontSpectrum III body backSpectrum III headstockSpectrum III neckplate



Matsumoku to Jan 1987, 1987 to 88


Produced for the 65th anniversary of St Louis Music.
Available in  Burgundy Pearl, Platinum Blue Burst or White Burgundy Burst.

(Info from the 1987 ‘Limited Editions’ catalogue)

Appears in the April and Sept 1987 and Jan 1988 price lists at $399.
The Jan 1988 price list and the 1988 Limited Editions catalogue show more available colours:
Burgundy Pearl, Black, Candy Red, Sky Blue, Platinum Blue Burst and White Burgundy Burst; and two variant models, Chrome Yellow (XA1330CY) and Metallic Pink (XA1330MP) both featuring a reverse headstock.


  • body: solid Poplar
  • neck: Canadian hard rock Maple
  • fingerboard: Rosewood
  • 350mm radius  (25.5 inch scale, 22 frets, 18% Nickel Silver), graphite nut.
  • H/S/S pickups – all are Magnaflux V (2 in the bridge position) –  5 way switch, master volume and master tone controls, Mid/Shape control
  • Bendmaster Deluxe  trem with fine tuners and locking nut
Thanks to Chris Gay for the pictures:

Update February 2013
Thanks to Forum member colt933 for these new pictures of his model XA1330CY
(Click to enlarge)
 spectrumGT-bodyfront spectrumGT-bodyrear spectrumGT-bridge



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