Paduak

Production

Matsumoku, Model I: 1981-3 , Model: II 1982-3

Paduak I

Two versions of the Paduak I appear in the April 1983 US pricelist, one without a trem at $299.50 and one with a trem at $329.50.

None of the catalogues mention a model with a trem.

Version 1 (1981)

As shown in the 1981 catalogue.
This version (below left) used a bridge that did not appear on any other Westone – the saddles are barrel shaped like the saddles on the Thunder basses, and there are slots in the bottom for quick string changing, which makes it look like it has through body stringing. The version on the right uses more conventional saddles, but the bridge plate does not have any screws in the top corners!
New May 2013! Thanks to Forum member Westbone for these pictures (click to enlarge)
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Specs

  • body: Japanese Ash, top laminate of Paduak
  • neck: hard Maple, truss rod adjustment at the body end of the neck
  • fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale 25.5
  • 22 frets
  • pickup: one Magnet-F 450
  • controls: master volume, master tone, coil tap and active ‘power boost’ switches
  • truss rod adjustment at body end of neck

 

Version 2 (1982)

As shown in the 1982/3 catalogue.
Changes from version 1 –

  • HF450 pickup
  • Through body stringing with the same bridge and rear string retainer as used on the Thunder I and IA
  • Unlike other active Westone guitars, the Paduak I only uses one battery
  • Paduak skunk stripe on the back of the neck, truss rod adjustment at the headstock
Paduak I front
Paduak I back
New! April 2, 2013
This beautiful NOS example courtesy of Forum member b c n. Never played, and rescued after 30 years sleeping in the closet!
(Owner’s name blurred for privacy)
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Paduak 1ver2 -headstock Paduak 1ver2 -body back

Paduak II

Description

The Paduak II only appears in the 1982/3 catalogue. Neither model appears in any later catalogues or price lists.

Specs

  • 2 HF450 pickups
  • controls:- 3 way selector, master volume and 2 PEQ tone controls
  • heavy duty brass bridge
  • remaining specifications same as the Paduak I (Version II)

 

Paduak II front

Paduak II body frontPaduak II back
Thanks to Thunduak I for additional info
New! Feb. 2020

Paduak II —Neck-Thru (1981)

Description

This extremely rare, and possibly the only, prototype Paduak model with a neck-thru design was discovered recently for sale on Reverb. Not only is it rare because of the neck-thru, but it is also a humbucker/single coil configuration, something not seen in any other Westone models.

The seller is the original owner and it was purchased in South London, England in early 1985. He advertised this as a 1984 but the serial number, if correct, indicates a 1981 build.

He says the guitar was constantly gigged from 1986 to about 2003, gathering the usual scuffs and dings. It suffered a neck crack in 1999 which was repaired professionally and still barely visible. Seller says it has been stable for 25 years. Also a body crack was repaired in the early 90’s.

Original frets are are worn but smooth with low action and excellent playability.

Specs

  • Originally factory fitted with bridge ceramic humbucker (likely a MMK45) and neck single coil
  • Original Westone humbucker replaced with DiMarzio in ’89 then again in 2012 with current Gibson alnico humbucker
  • Original brass nut replaced with (bone?) nut around 1998
  • Selector switch and upper horn strap button non-original, replaced at the same time as the nut
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