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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
OHHHH BOY THE KING OF GUITARS HAS RISEN!FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER PLAYED ONE,THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!I DONT OWN ONE,BE NICE IN MY COLLECTION AND 2 REVIEW ONE! CHECK OUT MY GUITAR ROOM AND YOU WILL SEE WHY! GREAT JOB GUYS YOU ROCK@

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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!
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.
Greg
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
Hello,

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.

Georges
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!