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WESTONE
Instruments previously produced in Japan between the late 1970s and 1987, Korea between 1987 and 1990, and 1996 and 2001, and England between 1996 and 2001. Distributed in the U.S. by St. Louis Music in St. Louis, MO and by FCN Music between 1996 and 2001.
The Matsumoku company of Japan had been manufacturing guitars for other trademarks (such as Aria, Epiphone, and Vantage) since the 1960s. In 1981, Matsumoku decided to market their own original designs under their own trademark in addition to their current production for others. Westone guitars were originally marketed in the U.K. prior to the U.S. market. Matsumoku guitars are generally well-built, solid playing guitars that featured innovative design ideas.
In 1984, St. Louis Music announced that it would be merging Westone with their Electra brand (which was introduced back in 1971). Through the mid-1980s, models were sold under the Electra/Westone imprint, then Westone only as the Electra brand aspect was discontinued. In 1987, Matsumoku stopped producing instruments, so guitar production switched to Korea.
In 1996, FCN Music reintroduced the Westone brand and began importing Korean-built models into England along with producing some in England as well.

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