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update: December 2019
Looking for replacement brass knobs for your Thunder?
Some Forum members have made their own but not all of us are able to use a metal lathe.
The good folks at Armadillo Guitars have updated their original Westone repro’s and added several much needed options, including your choice of aluminum or brass, and with or without an indicator.
Their original knurling was also coarser than the original Westone, but they now offer 3 degrees of cut. Very nice replacements.
Bridge Assembly & Saddle Replacement (“the real thing”)
A string-through-rear style brass bridge assembly is a more reliable replacement for the poor “barrel saddle” design found on many early 1980’s Westone Thunder and some Vantage Avenger models.
The Japanese company who made the original bridge is still in business, and they still make this bridge!
Read about the Gotoh GTC101 bridge HERE.