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Detlev Detlev wrote on 2019-02-28 at 15:07:
I still own a VW100 from 1977 (the sticker inside states 1977 as serial number!), but perhaps gonna sell it soon as it was replaced by a Yamaha lately.
I guess there weren't so many sold here in Germany.
perry perry from mount pearl, newfoundland wrote on 2019-02-12 at 20:23:
Bought a Vantage VS40CE/M LH back in the mid-90's and sold it in 2008, replaced with a lefty Tanglewood.

Truthfully the Tangle is a better guitar, but I kinda miss my Vantage and wish I could find a pic of the exact same model online!
Josh Josh from Toronto wrote on 2019-01-31 at 18:15:
Great to have found history on my Vantage, have acquired many quitars since then some very expensive. Just appreciate the artform and workmanship better than my play.... although I do have fun with them. Purchased at the Richmond Trading post in 1985 for $150. Its been kicking around ever since being passed to each kid as they went through their teens. July 2018, suffered a catastrophic house fire, everything lost, over 45k in quitars.. one survived buried deep in a closet. My old VS 696, serial # 3020401. Have been consumed with the destruction of PRS 10 tops, pre law suit and all the rest of the classics but when the dust settled I remembered that this was the only guitar my father bought me and he passed the next year. So in retrospect, if I could have chosen one to survive, this would have been it. Brings comfort to know more about it.
Dave Dave wrote on 2019-01-27 at 23:41:
Inn my youth I sold my "first" other brand electric guitar in search of an electric with two humbuckers. I didn't even know if anyone made such a thing, just knew i wanted one so I could make it sing the way I wanted it to sound (talent still required).
The local music store had a 1979 Vantage 700VP MYSTIC and I was in love. Loved the sound, loved the look, loved the feel.
I went into the same store a month later and hanging on the wall waiting to be re-strung was a Vantage bass VS600B ser: 0090600 (1980 september #0600 how cool is that) with the same colour and almost the same finish. I asked what it would be selling for and he said $100. I said, "SOLD!", I'll be back when you're done stringing it.

Still have them, never going to sell them.
Christopher Van Epps Christopher Van Epps from Atlanta, GA wrote on 2019-01-08 at 04:58:
I have a VP795B bass guitar that I bought second-hand in my first year of college for $200. s/n 1121062. In the thirty years after, I've used it in all of my recordings and it has been a crucial part of my sound. I took it out the other day after six years of storage and I swear, it didn't need very much tuning at all. That neck through the body means I may never need another bass. Clearly, the best $200 ever spent.
Ethan Ethan from Gloucester wrote on 2018-12-22 at 08:35:
Ive recently aquired a vantage vs25 ce, and i cant seem to find info ANYWHERE!? Was there a limited run of these guitars or is just no one posting about them???
Tom Balek Tom Balek from Lake Wylie, SC wrote on 2018-12-08 at 19:46:
I just saved a beat up Vantage ME475 from a flea market. Terribly beat up, but clearly a quality guitar. I sanded it and painted it white, and installed new pots and bridge. Plays beautifully and has a unique tone and growl due to hot two rail bridge humbucker and single rail neck humbucker. I can't find any mention online of a Vantage ME model. Looks like an Avenger. Serial number 1030124, should be March 1981 Matsumoku. If anybody has insight, please share! Thanks, great website.
Terry Terry from Chuckey wrote on 2018-11-30 at 00:45:
My wife gave me a VS 650 sometime in the 80's. Never been much of an electric player until recently. Played acoustic at our church, but when we picked up a 2nd acoustic player, I got out my Vantage. Learning as I go. Out of curiosity, could anyone tell me the fretboard radius for this guitar?
Kevin strong Kevin strong from Banwell wrote on 2018-11-13 at 07:22:
Some interesting info. I would like to see a comprehensive book published surrounding Japanese acoustic guitars. I believe this would be a much harder book to produce as electric guitars are not as difficult to trace there history line.

Nobody has really produced a book on this subject properly, there are a few pages devoted to acoustic guitars, but nothing of real note.

I'd be interested if there was a dedicated book, but I guess the subject is far too complex to consider.
Dave Dave from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada wrote on 2018-11-10 at 01:06:
Thanks very much for this WEB site. I bought my VS600 in a pawn shop in 1990 for $100.00 and it came with a small amplifier. I didn't know much about it then but over the years they seem to be appreciated more and more. I play mine almost daily and it's still in great shape and sounds good too. Serial number 1050473. Nice to know now, that it's from May of 1981.
con con from ADELAIDE wrote on 2018-11-07 at 10:59:
David "GhostGuitarPro" J. David "GhostGuitarPro" J. wrote on 2018-07-14 at 09:11:
I owned a beautiful 1979-1980 Sunburst Vantage Les Paul with a pick guard. I wanted a Gibson V so my parents made me trade it in (with extra cash) in 1984 for a Gibson V from Ray Hennigs Heart of Music in Austin, Texas. I wish I could have kept it since it was a Japanese superior quality compared to today's modern LP copies from China, Korea... Too bad I don't still have it!
Matt Matt from Macon Ga wrote on 2018-07-03 at 08:48:
I bought my Vantage VP795 new In 1982. I have had it ever since. I bought it because it was the hghest quality electric guitar that I could afford. In all 40 years that I have owned it, it still plays better than any other guitar I have found anywhere at any price high or low. It still plays great and sounds good. The 3 piece maple neck makes it better because I don't have to adjust the trussrod nearly as often as I do on my Gibsons.
Eddie Eddie from Gold Coast wrote on 2018-06-28 at 15:03:
I have had a bass VP-710B serial 103025 for a few years now. Just trying to confirm that it would be a March 81 product and what sort of value someone would put on it in excellent condition for insurance purposes. I either play this or a Steinberger. It's nice to find such an excellent site.
Peter Peter from Melbourne wrote on 2018-06-02 at 09:40:
Hi I own 3 Vantage guitars and they are excellent made instruments. one is a Les Paul LTD in black, VE 570 and a 33 TDX black all guitars are in great condition, if I can help with pictures of the VE570 please let me know.
Neal Keyser Neal Keyser from Wentzville wrote on 2018-05-27 at 21:02:
Hello Johan!

Thanks so much for the credit! My Matsumoku guitar site has been around for coming on 20 years now and it was thanks to enthusiasts such as you who made this possible. I have had many Vantage guitars and still have my Ghost.

It is good to see someone giving credit to for their work.

Thanks again!
Neal Keyser
Founder of
Graham Graham from Edinburgh wrote on 2018-05-20 at 21:42:
Great info. Just helped me buy, What appears to be a 33-TDX.
Carlos A Sotolongo Carlos A Sotolongo from Burbank wrote on 2018-03-25 at 20:02:
Thank you for making and maintaining this awesome site! By far the best source of Vantage info I’ve found. I have a VE565 and a VS696, love them both.
Keith Keith from Toronto, Canada wrote on 2018-03-16 at 06:33:
Thanks for the interesting website. I purchased my first electric guitar, a Vantage EntertainAr in 1982 from GB Sound in Burlington, Ontario (the sticker is still on the headstock, but the shop is long gone). By comparing against your site, I can see that it's a VE-550 model although I don't see that noted on the guitar. It has a black finish and looks identical to the black model on the VE-550 page (and the serial number is 2050703 - indicating manufacture in May 1982 which is only 12 digits before the one pictured). I found the only problem with the guitar was that it suffered from "neck dive" where the neck is heavier than the body. I'm thinking of trying to fill in the electronics cavity section in the back with ball bearings or something else to properly balance it. Thanks again for the interesting website - I only ever knew one other person who had a vantage (my friend and I bought them together, he chose the Les Paul model).
Greg Greg from Lawrence wrote on 2018-03-03 at 03:19:
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