Westone Spectrum SX

Westone Spectrum SX

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Spectrum SX, Other Shape Guitar from Westone.

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Westone Spectrum SX tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Westone
  • Model: Spectrum SX
  • Category: Other Shape Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 08/06/2011

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Westone Spectrum SX user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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Steve_Boudreaux's review"Shread, and RED!"

Westone Spectrum SX
How's THAT for an attention-grabbing title??!? By "shread," I mean this guitar was made for shreading lead guitar play, with it's locking bridge and tuner. As for "RED," the whole guitar is red (except pickups and hardware.) I mean, body, headstock, neck, and even the FRETBOARD! It's a translucent stain, not paint, so the wood's grain shows through- BEAUTIFUL! One of the coolest looking guitars around!

Like most Westones, this one was made in Japan (some later models were made in Korea.) "Hot strat" pickup selection- two Magnaflux IV single coils with a Magnaflux II UBC humbucker. Volume, tone, tone controls, with push-pull pots for phase reverse and/or the coil tap. 22 frets, Bendmaster brand, Floyd Rose type micro-tuning bridge and locking nut. Fairly thin, fast neck. Westones often have a somewhat strat-ish body, but no one would mistake the profile of a Westone for a Strat!

Please note, this guitar, and all Japan-made Westones, bear little or no resemblance to the "Westone guitars" being made today in China, and in my opinion, that company is not doing anything to honor the legacy. Modern "Westones" are just another cookie-cutter copy of Les Pauls, Strats, ES's, etc, and are Westones in name, only.


Easier access to last fret than a Strat, as the body is more cut away and the edges more rounded. Contours where the body meets your belly and your fore-arm, too. Good "heft," without being too heavy, good balance- no neck dive. I am not sure what this site means by "are the drivers stable?" as I don't know of any "drivers" on an electric guitar. Perhaps they mean pickups?


I also can't see where "What amps or effects do you use it?" is a pertinent question, either- the guitar sends a signal to the amp, so the amp affects the tone of the guitar, but whatever amp I play may be different than yours. This is a review of a GUITAR, not an amp.

Sounds- mostly hot strat-like sounds, but by tapping the humbucker, you get a single-coil pickup in the bridge postion- instant "normal" strat sounds. Pups are fairly hot, so a stronger signal is sent to the amp, resulting in easier distorted tones, if that's what you want, but smooth, clean jazz tones are easily available.


What I like most about this guitar- it's RED! I mean, all red, bright red, shiny red, red, red, RED! No one ever fails to notice this guitar! What I like least? Well, that it's red- on the fretboard. Looks totally cool, but I worry that if I were to wear through the poly coating, I'd start wearing off the red stain underneath, and it's appearance would go down hill, fast, from there. Therefore, I don't play this one too often. It plays quite fine, and delivers very good tone- the SX was the top of the Spectrum line, with more bells and whistles, and often a nicer finish. They were available in all blue, and some had a more conventional dark stained fretboard- you would not BELIEVE how much the color-matching fretboard makes a visual difference.

If you could find one these days for $70.00 USD, it would be almost a steal- but don't hold your breath. Westones seem to be trading for around $300 and up, these days- worth it from a standpoint of what they do and how they sound/play, but for most people, that kind of money will buy them a more-familiar MIM Strat. Westones are an acquired taste.

Having said that, I would certainly buy this one again.
Déjà vu06/06/2013

Déjà vu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Blue"

Westone Spectrum SX
Guitar made in Japan and very good finish.
The wood of the guitar should be maple.
The bridge is a BendMaster Deluxe licensed Floyd Rose, of suitable quality.
The round handle is screwed and covered with a thick, blue paint for mine (also existed in red).
A humbucker and two single coil.
The guitar has a volume and a push-pull tone that allows you to split the humbucker.


The handle is a delight to play and maintenance because after 23 years of use, it is still like new. However, access to the latest freight is not the best because it is located at the handle / guitar body connection.


The sound is rather fat and may even miss some Acute different amps and preamps used. The factory pickups sound fairly flat mostly single coil-starved shine. So I chose to replace these pickups by Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader in the bridge position and two Tex Mex Fender. Now, the sound is fantastic on 5 positions.


This is a guitar that I am not a fan of the look but I will never part as it is enjoyable to play and delivers a sound that I love. However, to really get the sound with a microphone replacement is required.

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