Monark X5


Matsumoku, 1985-86


First appeared in the Sept 1985 US pricelist, also appears in the August 1986 pricelist but not in the April 1987 one.

The 1986 and 1987 German catalogues both describe the Monark as having a set neck. This may be an error in the catalogue or a regional variation in the guitars design. All the ones we know of  have had bolt-on necks.

Available in red (X5RD) or white (X5SW)


  • body: Maple
  • neck: hard Maple, set neck ?
  • fingerboard -Rosewood
  • 65cm scale
  • 22 frets
  • graphite nut
  • pickups: H/S/H -Magnaflux IV humbuckers, Magnaflux VI single coil
  • controls should be the same as the other ‘pointy’ Westones (Dynasty, Dimension IV):
    -3 way selector for the humbuckers
    -master volume (Push-pull for coil tap)
    -tone (Push-pull for middle pickup) Tone (Push-pull for bridge pickup phase reverse)
  • Bendmaster FT trem with with fine tuners
  • FT locking nut
  • black hardware
Monark bodyMonark back
Thanks to Ty Welt for the pictures of the white one
Monark headstockMonark in case