I bought my first guitar in Southport QLD Aust in 1980. It has been my constant source of joy since. She has been slammed in doorways, hit by ceiling fans, bounced down steel forecastle steps at sea and bounced out of the water after the ship went down after being sunk by a 150mt coal freighter 12 nms off 0Port Douglas. Still has salt water in her cause i didnt rinse it out. Frets are gouged by my finger nails, but wouldnt play any other guitar. Lovin the Vantage a lot. Would love to post a pick. It was one of the celllo baxked ones. Depth of tone is incredible
Thanks for the great website. Vantage are really well made underrated guitars and basses. I have four Vantage basses. A VS 695B that I put some Dimazios in that will put any P bass to shame. A VP 820 B in like new condition also with some Dimazios, and my pride and joy a VA 900 B in close to new condition. And not forget my beloved VS-600B fretless (SWEET). The 900 is probably the nicest bass I have ever played. I heard these came with Dimazios. I was glad to find the catalog page on your site as the tone controls have always been a guess.
I bought my VS600 in the 80s. Its SN starts 204, April 82. I used it during my band time at school. Recently, I reactivated it again. Still sounds cool!
Bought a Vantage VS 20 TS at a pawn shop in NC for 60$..By far the best money I ever spent on a guitar. Bought it in 2000..still playing it as we speak..Loved the sound then still do now..
Excellent site for a range of amazing Matsumoku made work-horse guitars, built with super solid necks that last the test of time (VS-600R-California Blue)
Very helpful site... will get my new Vantage VS600 from Mai 1980 on sunday... as a gift for my son! Sven
I recently bought a Vantage guitar, MIE-70/BK, which is supposed to be produced by Samick in Indonesia, but sports the Vantage logo in the headstock. It looks exactly like the Samick LSM-70 except for the logo. I'm really curious to find out the year it was made. Just wondering if anyone has any info about it.
Hi i own a very nice VW170 acoustic guitar, i stand to be corrected but i think i brought it in either 1979 or 1980. Nice guitar, still playing it 🙂
What cool little site. I had a waynes world moment with FV 575 in a tiny guitar shop in Cambridge RB stubbings each saturday in my teens I would visit it hanging in the shop. By my 16th birthday I had saved £60 towards it and my Mum helped me buy it for £150 and I formed my first band! I still love it, plays and sounds so good still. I need to fix the electrics and write more with it again, its the cream with wite scratchplate awesome guitars Im always hunting them I have two Korean a strat and an acoustic, and little VG 15 Amp
Hi, Great site! In 1980 I bought a Fender Strat for £500, didn't like it, so returned to shop & saw a beautiful Vantage 600VS for £150. Asked to exchange the Strat for the Vantage & it's been my favourite ever since. Only thing I missed was the whammy bar. Tried a washburn 10 years later with whammy but it sounded very cold & tinny compared to my Vantage! Also picked up a Vantage bass from around the same era. p.s. Does anyone know if it's possible to fit a whammy to my Vantage? Has anyone tried? Once again love the site!
Have played my VS600 since I bought it in1979
mine all mine 😉 https://reverb.com/item/5763929-vantage-avenger-series-electric-guitar-made-in-japan
i have an avenger av325. it is a very beautiful guitar. however. when i was a stupid teen, i painted the whole guitar including the neck. so i am looking for a new neck for this guitar. if any one knows of one. contact me at my email at Musikisserenity@gmail.com put vantage avenger in the subject.
Great site, thank you for your efforts! Got to know my AV-315 better.
Thanks for the great site. I have VS695 purchased in the early 80's. I also have an American Fender Strat but guess which one I prefer to play? You can't beat the versatility of the Vantage. You did an awesome thing here - much appreciated.
I still have a mint condition 700b Mystic bass. Great variation of sound with active pickups. Huge range of tone and great action.
Great site! My first guitar was a red vantage avenger 315 t. Packed a lot of groceries in '85 to buy it! Wish I still had it!
My grandfather got a Vantage bass (710), and died a few years later in 1987. I inherited it as a graduation present in 1995. Around 2000-2001, I searched on the internet to no avail for Vantage history. This website is a gold mine!!! Thanks for validating a good brand - and providing fantastic info! God bless!!
Wow! Great info...I've had my VA-810 (just found out that's what is...lol) since the early 80's. She's missing her brass nut and the top switch backplate, but looks great. Anyone know where I can find parts for these? Please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for the wealth of knowledge!
Been playing a VS696 as my primary for 20 years now. Love it. Thanks for the great info.