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1980s Moon Woody Series ST-Walnut Vintage Guitar, Japan w/ MonsterTone Pickups, Dream Machine


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Up for sale, a 1980's Moon Woody Series ST model vintage electric guitar, loaded with Schecter MonsterTone ceramic magnet pickups. There's significant overlap between the Schecter and Moon brands in Japan in the 1980s, with Moon making their own line of Walnut-bodied, ebony fretboard Super Strats with a bevy of boutique pickup options, while also producing the "Dream Machine" guitars in Japan for Schecter.

This particular Moon utilizes the Dream Machine tonewood platform mentioned above, also outfitted with an early set of Schecter's coveted MonsterTone ceramic magnet pickups. Tom Anderson, a prominent boutique guitar builder in his own right, worked for Schecter in the 1980s, and his first contract when setting out on his own was to wind MonsterTone pickups for Schecter Japan, including the set loaded into this Moon.

The bridge pickup is punchy and clear with the inherent aggressive cut of the ceramic magnet design, while the hum-cancelling 2 and 4 positions on the switch have a thinned out, yet still bold quack. The neck pickup is robust and round, while retaining plenty of power and presence. This guitar weighs a solid 9lbs and balances well on a strap, with a smooth, clear acoustic voice that translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Schecter is dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a fast and effortless slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The 22 fret slab ebony fretboard shows some playwear that results in a slightly lighter toned speckled appearance in a few small areas, and the board has a 12" radius and and flawless slender fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The brass nut measures 1 5/8" in width, ensuring ideal sustain and treble articulation. The headstock features clean original Moon waterslide decals and gold Gotoh tuning machines that turn very smoothly.

All of the electronics work as they should, with an era-correct MonsterTone Tom Anderson-branded pickup set wired to a modern harness with USA-made CTS pots and a five-way switch. The guitar also has a 9v battery compartment on the back, presumably for active circuitry which has been removed in the guitar's lifetime. Hardware includes the Strat-style vibrato which actuates smoothly, and there is uniform surface patina on the bridge saddles and jack cup. A modern gold vibrato arm has also been fitted. Cosmetic wear on the satin finish includes one spot of wear where a sticker was removed on the bass-side born horn, buckle rash on the back between the neck plate and tremolo cover, and pick scuffing across the guard. The satin finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.