80s Electra bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brwhit95, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Brwhit95


    Jun 5, 2019
    I have an 80s Electra bass that my dad bought right out of high school. I’m wanting to try and find out more info about the bass, And especially what kind of wood the bass was made of. Any help would be really appreciated! Thanks

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  2. tim gueguen

    tim gueguen

    Sep 19, 2016
    You could try looking here
  3. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    no info for you but that is an awesome prospect, most Electras are great.
    there's an Electra Club somewhere on tb.
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  4. There's an Electra/Westone owners club here on TB. That model is the Phoenix X640,the body is ash.

    You'll find the catalogue listing partway down the page Tim's link takes you to.
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  5. Brwhit95


    Jun 5, 2019
    Thank you! That helps a lot!
  6. Brwhit95


    Jun 5, 2019
    Thank you!
  7. You're welcome.

    Electra/Westone had a massive presence over here in the UK early 80's. I always enjoy seeing folks still playing them.
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  8. Rib 13

    Rib 13 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    thats an early X640 that you have, 1981 or 1982....I have a later one (1983) where they switched pickups to P/J from P/P, took away the pickguard, but kept the X640 designation....Although not exact, mine has a setting that gets into Ric ballpark

    edit - yours from the 1981 catalog below:

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  9. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    You can can tell your body wood from it's weight and neck from it's color.
  10. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Cool bass. Electra got sued many times for copyright issues in the 70s. But they made respectable equipment for some decent prices. But were from different Japanese manufactures back then.

    I had a couple many years ago.

    Electra LP Bass.jpg
    They were both fun.

    Still have the Les Paul that was converted to fretless decades ago. BTW, Gibson did get a legal cease and desist on the LP model.

    Shame they closed business back in the day. But now seem to have re-invented themselves.
    Electra Guitars - Wikipedia
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  11. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    That bass is FUNKY!!!

    I have an Electra Phoenix guitar (HH layout like a Les Paul) that's probably heavier than at least one of my basses, but I refuse to get rid of it. I've tried dozens of other instruments in recent years that just don't touch it.

    ...and since I pretty much noodle on it at home, it's easy enough to play it on my lap...

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