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David Brookman David Brookman from Adelaide, South Australia wrote on 2022-05-31 at 08:26
My first guitar was a Vantage AV-330 bought in 1982 just like the one pictured in the gallery of this website, serial number 2010016 - my guitar’s serial number is 2010015! I still own this guitar today and it still plays beautifully- great action and it still has the original pickups too. I will never sell this guitar which is great news for my son who will inherit it.
Elliott MacDonald Elliott MacDonald from Ottawa wrote on 2022-04-19 at 01:11
Hello everyone.
When I was young, I received a 1982? blue Vantage AV330-MX as a gift from my father. Shortly after I got it, it was unfortunately destroyed beyond repair in an accident.
I am hoping to one day replace it with the exact same model.
If anyone happens upon this guitar, I might be interested in buying it.
Great website, BTW.
Charlie Keating Charlie Keating from BRIGHTON wrote on 2022-04-14 at 09:52
Looking to purchase one from the 70's today. Looking forward to it
Elliott Elliott wrote on 2022-03-27 at 21:17
This is an amazing idea for a website. I’m hoping this message makes it to fellow Vantage guitar enthusiasts.
In 1988 I was given a candy apple blue Vantage Avenger 330-MX. I loved that instrument. Sadly, it ended up destroyed within a few months of me owning it.
Would love a chance to replace that exact guitar if someone has one.
Mattias Mattias from Örebro, Sweden wrote on 2022-03-12 at 19:45
I got a Vantage VA-810 when i was 6 years old, about 20 years ago. The guitar is really good looking and sounds great. Nice to find this website!
Tristan Evans Tristan Evans from Kooralbyn wrote on 2022-01-17 at 11:50
I got my first Vantage in a swap and instantly knew I got the better end of the deal by far, it is a VS600B Witch bass and I still have her over 20 years later. I’m in Australia and there’s a few about but they’re not common that’s for sure. I know also have two acoustics also - a VA 22CR and an LTD which is my favourite. I still need more (electric and I would love a 455 hollow body that’s my dream guitar) I very rarely look at any other brands and the ones I do own are nowhere near as good as any of my Vantage guitars.
John Broomfield John Broomfield from Coldwater wrote on 2022-01-12 at 14:07
Great site- I collect L 5's but had to get a 335 copy- just ordered a 1992 cherry 635V from a shop way out in NW Alberta....all good as I am Samick fan...just keep being impressed by MIK quality from 80's-90's. thanks for putting up this great info centre.
Paul Paul from Winnipeg wrote on 2022-01-03 at 20:48
I have a mini bass traveler, nice enough shape, had it for years,
Justin Case Justin Case from Spotsylvania wrote on 2021-11-20 at 23:46
I just finished restoring and customizing my AV-310 I bought new in 1985.
These inexpensive gems were remarkably well made for the price.
Rocco Dogsbody Rocco Dogsbody from Vancouver, BC wrote on 2021-10-18 at 08:15
Love the website - great to have all this info in one place at last. I have a Spirit VLP-540, bought new in 1980 and gigged with off an on ever since. It's a great, durable guitar that has seen me through a lot of years!
Chuck Evans Chuck Evans from Middletown wrote on 2021-09-06 at 08:19
I remember when Vantage guitars first hit the market. I worked as a teacher in a music store in the 80s. As soon as the VSH455 appeared, I bought one. I still have it and it is my go to guitar for Jazz gigs large and small and has been my battle axe in countless performance environments. Awesome guitar.
Mark hutson Mark hutson from Durban, South Africa wrote on 2021-08-30 at 10:29
Super awesome and informative website gents well done.

I came across a Vp750 at a pawn shop.
Liked the look sound and feel of it . Bought it .never looked back.

12 years later found out it's model from this site.
Only to find out it's a relic gem . Super versatile with massive tones & unbelievable sustain .

And bass register oh my.. it even tunes to the lower c range . I love playing it. But also want to preserve it hang it up as collector peice..

Cudos and my hat off to the team.
James W Taylor James W Taylor from Kincardine wrote on 2021-08-15 at 02:10
The silver lining in the dark cloud of Covid was to give me the time to make good on my life long promise to relearn how to play the guitar. I left my almost rarely used Vantage VW 100 in Florida when I returned to Canada. I have since bought 2 guitars to play and spend the winter researching guitars only to learn that my Vantage guitar was built in 1979 during the Golden Age of Japanese guitar making. I cant wait to return this fall to polish it up and play it for the first time in years. Does anyone know if the top is solid Sitka spruce and what type of solid mahogany is the back and sides - where was it sourced?
Rev Robert CORNELL Rev Robert CORNELL from HOPE VALLEY wrote on 2021-07-12 at 23:25

Scott H Scott H from Seattle wrote on 2021-07-09 at 01:59
Thanks for the site! I have a VA 10 LT ('83, I think?) that I bought in college for $150, and have loved it ever since. Never could find info about it until I stumbled here by chance. It gets compliments all the time, couldn't be happier.
Jim Olsen Jim Olsen from Mission B.C. Canada wrote on 2021-06-27 at 08:42
Great website, great to see someone tracing the history of Vantage. I've owned my Vantage X99 bass since 1985, bought it used. The beautiful sculpted, neck through design has made it an absolute dream to play. Until this website it has been hard to find out anything about where it was built etc. Thanks again, Jim.
Eric Eric from Calgary wrote on 2021-06-24 at 05:14
I had a Korean Vantage 335 in the later 90s but I sold it. Wish I still had it. Just picked up a VP825. Happy to have the information here to learn about my cool 80s guitar. Thanks for the website.
Anthony Hoch Anthony Hoch from Blackwood NJ wrote on 2021-05-06 at 22:06
Thanks for taking the time to put all of this information out in the world!

I never really knew much about my vantage until now. It's a VP-790 and damnit do I love the thing. I bought it in a pawn shop when I graduated high school.

The thing has no serial numbers , manufacturing info or anything! I knew it was special the second I picked it up!
BRIAN SUAREZ BRIAN SUAREZ from Norco wrote on 2021-04-18 at 02:32
Vantage Born To Rock!
Yeah, what a sleeper quality brand of guitar that arrived during for what many of us experienced during our youth.
These guitars were a far greater quality than many of the other similarly priced guitars afforded during my youth.
I come from the bastard generation of "inbetweeners"...... A product of the sexual revolution, those latchkey and single divorced parents that were stuck and forgotten. Not "Boomers" and grew up way too fast to be "Generation X". We were the hard rocking drug fueled misguided youth of America.
Vantage Guitars were the affordable tool that helped channel our energy towards something bigger than ourselves.
My first Vantage guitar was a true investment that I still own today. During my generation, every boy played guitar at some point in high school. Those that stuck with it and accomplished anything , had quality and playable instruments. This was something not found in most any affordable instrument. Even many of the lawsuit guitars sucked. It was my shopping the best deal on a Hondo or similar priced instrument that I met Tommy Phillips over at Pro Sound in Denver Colorado. This was 1979. Sure he was a salesman but he had many choices of things to sell me... He taught me the finer points to look into a quality instrument. Educated with those facts I was looking at the Les Paul Jr or a student model SG....
Both were plain and unexciting but decent enough quality and just ever so beyond my price range. I visited the store often as I saved more money. Tommy Phillips summoned me over and into the back where he was unboxing and showing me the literature that he received with a test shipment of new guitars from a recent new company called MusicTechnologies . They were importing a new brand of guitars from Japan.
He told me to forget the notion of cheap transistor pocket radios and the proliferation of imported Japanese junk.(much the way China is viewed today) .He said look towards all the electronics now being produced such as Sony. Japan did indeed make quality and the VSP 750 sample was a excellent example of quality and style.
In fact it appeared to be of much better playability , sound and quality than the LesPaul junior selling at nearly twice the price. I scraped up $219.00 out the door to take home my first "real" guitar. I sold my old Hodaka dirt bike later that week and bought the matching hardshell case for $80 later that week.
I still have my orig. Set Neck Ghost and have many years later bought two more from eBay. The last Ghost cost double what I had paid in 1979 for the first one.. I also have bought two more of the Vantage VP 500 models . Don't remember what I paid for the second of these Les Paul Copycat guitars but it was a great deal compared to what they sell today for. The VP 500 was more akin to a Hondo but yet still much higher quality. They have rock solid necks that are thin and fast with ease of adjustment, you can play the lowest I'd action without buzz and fretout like no other guitar I have seen. My major complaint is I prefer a set neck over a bolt on. My 750 series Ghosts have exceptional set necks. The 500 series spirits have awesome neck but just a bit unconventional having a Les Paul styled guitar with bolt on neck. I also not a fan of the formed birch formed top over a traditional carved top.. Regardless all of my Vantage play very well and sound great. My biggest want and wish is now for a model 455 thinline semi hollow body . The old model from Japan with the dark walnut stain and the multi laminate running down the center section..... These today have been priced beyond what I wished to pay.... Perhaps someone owns two and would wish to trade for one of my 750 Ghost guitars or maybe a spirit 500?&
Robert J Freeland Robert J Freeland from Birmingham wrote on 2021-04-17 at 03:27
Thanks for putting all this together. Very helpful I'm identifying a '79-'80 VHS-445 that was just given to me by a dear friend. Thanks for the killer ax, Joel!