FS: Matsumoku 1983 Electra Phoenix X640 Active MIJ
I am listing my Electra Phoenix X640 bass. This was made in Japan at the legendary Matsumoku factory in 1983.
This bass is a very cool representation of the innovative electronics that Matsumoku was using at the time. The bass is configured with proprietary P and J pickups and a really amazing active electronics system. There is an active EQ with Master Volume, master tone, and a mid cut/boost. There are three switches for selecting parallel/series mode, phase in/out, and EQ on/off (i.e. active/passive). This is a very similar schematic to what is used in the Westone Thunder basses and the older active Vantage basses. And of course, the pickup selector switch is on the upper horn which is a favorite feature of mine! Super cool.
The bass is a very attractive hybrid of Matsumoku design-forward innovation and looks balanced with the classic presentation and execution of a Fender-style bass. The bass plays very well with a nice traditional feel and has a very wide variety of tonal possibilities owing to the robust electronics design and flexibility that comes with a P/J configuration.
The body is ash with a natural finish and the neck and fingerboard are maple. The bass is in overall great condition. There are some light scratches and dings here and there as to be expected in an older bass but overall this one is in very clean shape and unless you are giving the bass a very close inspection, you are not going to notice many blems due to the natural low-gloss finish and the busy grain pattern of the wood. I have tried to picture what is most noticeable so check out the pictures below.
I am asking $SOLD shipped CONUS for this bass, add $20 if I am shipping to MST or PST. I will ship in a gig bag, and of course, I would certainly consider best offers so feel free to PM and offers or questions for that matter.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the pics!
Last edited by rogerbmiller : 01-20-2013 at 09:19 AM.
I worked for MMI music in Mobile, Alabama in the early 80's and we sold the Electra line. these were very nice, well-made basses, and often don't get the love and respect they deserve. They are some of the nicer basses to come out of Japan in the early to mid 80's. Bump for a nice bass, GLWTS.
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Another bump. I have recently bought a few new basses so I would love to see this move. If you are interested, give a shout via PM. Offers are fine. Trades may be too, though this is as much a sale to free up space as it is because I just am not giving this bass the play time she deserves anymore.