Spectrum MX (X139)


Matsumoku, 1985-86


First appears in the 1985 UK catalogue, available in Transparent Red or Transparent Blue.
Listed in the Jan April and Sept 1985 US pricelists at $299.50, rising to $349 by August 1986.
The MX does not appear in the April 1987 pricelist.

Translucent coloured lacquer covers the whole guitar, even the fretboard, and the finish is solid!
MX guitars seldom show any fading or scratches on the fretboard, even after 25+ years.

There are rumours of some very rare white ones. But this seems to be the Westone version of an urban myth.
According to all the catalogues and price lists that we know of,  they were only available in red or blue.


  • pickups: bridge humbucker and 2 single coil
  • controls: one volume, and one tone (this is also a push/pull switch for coil tap)
  • 5-way pickup switch
  • floating tremolo system
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 22 frets
  • body: solid Maple
  • neck: hard Maple
  • fingerboard: hard Maple
  • pickups: single coil are Magnaflux IIIs, the humbucker is a Magnaflux I UBC (Unbalanced coil)
New! July 2013 -Trans blue model courtesy Sodbuster J (click to enlarge):
spectrum MX -sodbuster 1 spectrum MX -sodbuster 2
Archive picture set:
Spectrum MX front Spectrum MX backSpectrum MX body frontSpectrum MX body backSpectrum MX headstock
New! July 2013- This trans red model courtesy of Forum member Corsair (click to enlarge):
 Spectrum MX body front Spectrum MX front full
Spectrum MX bridge Spectrum MX Fretboard
Spectrum MX headstock-fretboard
Spectrum MX body front 2
The red Switchmaster style knobs in the last shot are reproductions by Forum memberTVill25


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