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Carlo Neve Carlo Neve from Rosmalen, the Netherlands wrote on 2021-04-11 at 11:43:
I enjoyed this site very much. It was a pleasure to find back pictures of my first guitar model. It was a wine red Vantage Spirit, which I got from my parents as my 16th birthday present in 1981. Unfortunately I didn’t keep it very long. It must have been quite a well built guitar, as I remember that older, experienced guitar players I knew were enthusiastic about it, and they played Gibson en Fender themselves.
Greg Grace Greg Grace from Toronto wrote on 2021-03-09 at 21:59:
I have a 635V-CR
I traded a Cort for it at least 20 years ago.
It looks like a 335 with a pointy headstock.
No label inside. No serial number. No model number
Looks like the guitar you have in the mystery pics.
Same cream color. I removed the big ugly Vantage block font from the headstock. It spoiled the guitar.
It also said Sound by design.
It looks like new. The best guitar I have ever had.
Sounds like a piano.
Sustain Tone Magic to play.
It has taken me 20 years to find out what it was thanks to you.
Love this site. Love it.
Thank you.
Vedran B. Vedran B. from Espoo wrote on 2021-02-08 at 18:12:
I have this Vantage 313T that no one really knows much about, with serial number 0070375. Based on everywhere I checked I assume it is one of the earliest Sammick pointy reverse headstock Strat models from perhaps 1990, but I haven't been able to find it in any trustworthy catalogues. The neckplate has full Vantage word logo on it together with "Sound by Design" trademark on both the neck plate and the headstock. Pickups and the tuning machines also have Vantage branding. 3-single coil pickups.
Georges Cornelissen Georges Cornelissen from Yellowknife wrote on 2021-01-10 at 21:41:

Thank you for the website. My Vantage guitar is an acoustic with cutaway, parlor size. I forgot where I got it but it was sometimes back in the eighties, and probably in Montreal. No serial number is showing on the guitar. Maybe the serial no. was on a piece of glued paper that got unglued over the years.

I love this guitar. Very solid, but after 30 some years, in need of a good tune up by a professional luthier. SO I can get another 30 years out of it.

Pontiac Soviro Pontiac Soviro from Albuquerque wrote on 2021-01-07 at 01:19:
I just bought a Vantage Bass,early 80's.It's the same one I had in 81-82 as a young teen.I'm confused about dating by serial number.If the last 3 numbers are 668.How would that translate to month and day? The serial number on my new bass is 2021244.I'm assuming,according to your info,the first number,2,is the year 1982.Can't figure out the rest.Also wondering why the variation in tuning pegs.I had a 1981 VS-600B.It had the same small round tuning pegs found on higher priced Vantage Basses and Guitars.Vantage seemed to continue using the rectangle tuning pegs as well.Any thoughts why?
linard linard from winterthur wrote on 2020-12-11 at 12:06:
i'm happy about this homepage i just found! after a long time i finally unpacked my vantage again - and then i asked about the origin and year of construction... this and many more interesting things i found here: my electric guitar is a Vantage 600VS from 1978 - thanks:-)
Takbot Takbot from Tacoma wrote on 2020-12-08 at 12:27:
Wow! Great website! I came here looking for info about a bass I bought on offer up today, any info about it seems to be very elusive! It's a fretless acoustic/electric bass. There's a model # written in the secret hole (VB30CEFL) but searching it has yielded no results! According to the person I bought it from it was manufactured in 1994. Curious if you know anything about it, or if you want me to send pictures for your archive or something. Thanks!
steve-o steve-o from London wrote on 2020-12-05 at 00:10:
Vantage VW180, ser.8155. Bought new by me, my longest standing friend. never a perfect finish but ALWAYS a warm sound. Still got 'er, not parting with 'er. Also had a burgundy 'les paul' copy by Vantage, last seen in custody of semi-estranged daughter, love 'em both. '180 plays1 a bit like a tank but my fault cos we live in a basement. Steve-O
Caleb Caleb wrote on 2020-10-16 at 04:47:
Great site! I have a very strange Vantage acoustic electric guitar. The sound hole is laser cut, which was supposed to reduce around 75% of the feedback. It also has an eq with volume, high, mid, and low bands and a mid sweep knob, a sound cut button and a battery check button. The pickup is built into the bridge. I have not found another example of this guitar anywhere and am wondering what model it is? I got it around 1995 or ‘96. I would love to email you pictures to see if you know where I can look to find more info. Thanks, again, awesome site!
Mark Wood Mark Wood from Fuquay Varina, North Carolina wrote on 2020-10-10 at 18:13:
I found this site while searching for information about a guitar my wife bought from a coworker about ten years ago for $75. Now we know it is a VLP-550. I'll be sending photos soon! Does anyone know where to get a replacement switch knob? Ours disintegrated years ago. Will one from a Gibson fit? Thanks again!
Kristian Kristian wrote on 2020-10-02 at 23:45:
Had the money for a les Paul. By chance/luck
A stranger gave me vlp 530.
I love this thing so much never going to part with it.
Duncan McLore Duncan McLore from Rockland wrote on 2020-09-04 at 00:19:
Was caught up by my innate curiosity never heard much about them will be watching them more closely
Johan Arne - Webmaster Johan Arne - Webmaster from Senja, Norway wrote on 2020-09-02 at 22:38:
Hello to all of you Vantage lovers, users, collectors and so on !!

I must first say thank you for all the kind words in this guestbook. It means a lot to me.

I do not do this for business reasons. I'm just a fan of the brand, and this is just a hobby I have.

I receive many emails and regret to say, not everyone gets a reply in a reasonable time.

Many people send me pictures of their guitars so I can build this site even bigger. Just keep doing it, because we build this together piece by piece.

Keep on practice and stay safe.
Klaus Dobadka Klaus Dobadka from Alsdorf / Germany wrote on 2020-08-05 at 11:06:

just stumbled over that site... Owning a VLP-520 as I found out over the pictures. You stated that it started production in 1981. Funny enough the serial number states 004 at the beginning, so early 80's. I bought it around '82. Let me know if you want some pictures...

And... Brill site... Thanks for sharing all these infos...
Mike Mike from Amherstburg, ON Can wrote on 2020-08-03 at 23:09:
Thanks so much for having this website. I have had my '81 VS-600R since about '82. Love it love it love it. My brother and fellow band member has been trying to talk me into using a strat instead but all agree now that the Vantage sounds and plays better. Most people have never even heard of these guitars, but everyone I've talked with that has owned one positively loved it. Great website and the only one I've found that has good information.
Myccael Rocha Myccael Rocha from Novo Hamburgo wrote on 2020-07-10 at 11:19:
I have a VKS11 WRS in color and code that are not listed here.

I send you a e-mail... if u want I can send some fotos or videos.

Thanks for that work.
Dave Rice Dave Rice from Clarkston, MI wrote on 2020-05-06 at 18:26:
Proud owner of a 1980 VP-790 Demon. She was my first guitar ever purchased from a wall in a local music shop back in 1992. Now she hangs on my wall with a balance of others that I've acquired over time, but I still love the way she feels in my hands every time I pick her up! Thank you so much for this site! It is amazing!
Karl Karl from Vancouver wrote on 2020-04-13 at 03:38:
Thanks for this great website! I remember seeing a Vantage VA-912 at Continental Music in Ottawa in the early 80's. Couldn't afford that great guitar then. Now in BC I found one on Craigslist in Nov 2019 and then a left handed VP-795 in Jan 2020. Both are solid and great players, although I have converted the VP-795 to play right handed, moving the saddles while leaving the bridge in the left handed position and moving the strap the other horn.
Alex Alex from Calgary wrote on 2020-03-22 at 19:14:
1980 800VA Artist I believe - early serial number ( 80024 ) if I'm interpreting the dating information correctly. Plays wonderfully - really incredible sustain and tone - this one isn't going anywhere ! Is there a way to post a few photos ?
Gus A. Gus A. from Mount Kisco, NY wrote on 2020-03-14 at 20:01:
Who would have guess there was a website for my Vantage guitar. Purchased my VT60 in early 1980's from the now defunct Manny's Music in New York City. Still have it.