VANTAGE - new to my collection - a 1982 Entertainer ve-550

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Re: VANTAGE - new to my collection - a 1982 Entertainer ve-550

Post by Barry on Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:48 pm

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Possible aquisation - black Vantage Avenger

Post by hendrik on Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:25 am

Hi,

can someone of the VANTAGE people enlighten me.
There is black VANTAGE AVENGER around, price sounds also quite o.k.

VANTAGE AVENGER

But the pickup combination I haven't found on MATSUMOKU.ORG.

Ta

H.

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Re: VANTAGE - new to my collection - a 1982 Entertainer ve-550

Post by corsair on Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:36 pm

Vantage were the most infuriatingly vague company when it came to recording specs so that could very well be the real deal; ask over at Matt as there are one or two real experts over there, but if the price is a good one, I'd be tempted to go for it!! Very Happy

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Re: VANTAGE - new to my collection - a 1982 Entertainer ve-550

Post by anaerobe on Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:10 pm

Hi Hendrik and John,

My knowledge to Vantage only extends to the expertise gained from owning my "mule" - an '86 (I think) early Korean (assembled) with a Japanese neck (I think) and my 82 Entertainer which you might see above. The 82 is better ID'ed much more easily - but its an odd duck with a semi-solid body, no F-holes. Both of my Vantages are very good, but my Entertainer is a lifer - a guitar that I will never get rid of. The tone is very pleasant - above normal.

As far as ID, that nameplate looks right, the neck looks correct - definitely MIJ if its not a scarf joint. I can't the serial # that well but some were prefaced by a letter.

My sense is that it looks CORRECT, and FWIW I have found Avengers on evil bay that have every pup variation known to man, from regular Strat s/s/s to h/h and all in between.

Looks like a nice deal.

Cool

Best,
Ian

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Re: VANTAGE - new to my collection - a 1982 Entertainer ve-550

Post by corsair on Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:50 pm

Yep, all true; my Avenger is an 81 and still in the US - I've got to go pick it up Shocked - it's a single MMK45 but the Avengers seem to be the Vantage equivalent of the Spectrum and were available in pretty much any pup config you wanted.
My VA900 is a keeper, too; utterly monstrous guitar!

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