Notable musicians who endorsed Westone models include Trevor Rabin of Yes, Leslie West of Mountain, Kirk Pengilly of INXS, and Nashville guitar ace Paul Yandell. Guy Thomas of the Volcom Creedlers uses a 1984 Thunder-1a bass, drop tuned to B E A D. Dave Brock of Hawkwind, uses a Spectum LX, custom painted by Alan Arthurs. Incidentally, Dave Brock used to play a Paduak-1, that was custom painted by Guy Thomas back in 1984 with the LP cover of Warrior on the Edge of Time, prior to its recent sale. Thomas has the twin of that Paduak, converted to a bass, with a Thunder neck, and customised with Hawkwind's Doremi Fasol Latido LP cover.
Matsumoku made Westone guitars are known for their quality construction, attention to detail, and innovative design ideas. The Westone Magnaflux UBC (unbalanced coil) humbucking pickups used different magnet structures on each coil and asymmetrical windings that, when split, produced single coil pickup output and tones that matched well with the other standard single coil pickups on the same guitar guitar and produced standard humbucking tones when not split. Standard humbuckers typically sound thin and weak when split and do not have the same output or tonal qualities of true single coil pickups.
To this day, only a few boutique pickup manufacturers employ this concept. The heelless built-in or bayonet mount neck was innovative in that it was a set neck and had the good sustain qualities associated with set necks, but the heel was contoured to resemble a neck through design, resulting in comfortable access to the upper frets. Typical set neck guitars, like the Gibson Les Paul, have great sustain but access to the upper frets is difficult because of the large neck-to-body heel. The Pantera X-390 guitars and X-790 basses featured unique contoured bodies with convex or arched tops and concave backs that were very comfortable to play.