vantage 635?? damn right....

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  1. jaywalker

    jaywalker Member

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    Having written off my Sheraton, I took ownership of a Vantage 635. It's been in the garage for years being that I was a bit embaressed to use it live.
    I recently dug it out only to find that this particular one rocks!!
    The output is huge, I also waxed the pickups to stop it squeeling like a pig and its a very humongous rock guitar as well as cool for jazz/r&r.

    Is this a fluke or does anyone else have one that's damn good??

    It has a larger than life headstock which seems to contribute to the bass a tad....

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  2. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    Jay, how is the string tension on that thing?
     
  3. jaywalker

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    fantasticly loose.
    strung it with 12s and no problems.
    10s were just too slack
     
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    I had a MIJ Vantage Les Paul and it was a killer guitar. The Matsumoku built ones are fantastic.
     
  5. jaywalker

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    No idea on the origin of this one, the label has faded somewhat.
    Don't know much about vantage generaly, though I remember seeing them around in the late 80s/90s.

    The tone is so thick its funny.
    Here's me using it to demo some yamaha sim and 8 band delay sounds, although it sounds much better through an amp of course:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GWWir6g-nE
     
  6. Colt

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    I had a cream one I lost in pawn in college...about 2 years ago. It might still be there actually...might have to go get it....
     
  7. jaywalker

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    wouldn't mind a cream one.
    gonna ebay up a few more if I can. Any idea what they're worth???
     
  8. Bussman

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    I have a red metal flake one. It played great. It's bridge is in need of serious repair right now. I'm debating putting a Gotoh TOM on it or just machining some saddles for it out of brass. The tuners on mine are different, have they been changed on yours? I changed the pickups on mine as they were very ****** (along with the rest of the electronics).
     
  9. jaywalker

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    I havn't done a thing to it apart from waxing the pick-ups, from what I gather it's about 15-20 years old. Can't find any info on it though.
    The machineheads look like kluson L style copies, they are very stable and the bridge is fine so far. I need to tighten the controls a bit though.

    My pickups sopunded better after they were waxed, it wasn't even possible to play clean at a decent volume because of the microphonic feedback. Maybe I over-waxed them a bit and they play tighter now. Dunno.
     
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    My pickups were waxed but they were crappy. Everything was held together by wax only!!!! Wire was cheap and the bobbins are made of flimsy transparent material. I put in an old DiMarzio Super Distortion and a humbucker sized P-90 in the neck.

    The bridge seems to be made of brass (heavy) but the saddles are made of cheap material. I have a broken saddle and a broken adjustment screw. Non-standard parts means I make my own or I ditch the whole bridge. I paid $100 for the thing so I don't really want to spend a lot.

    The toggle switch is real cheap and the nut is plastic. Other than the tuners and colour your's looks identical to mine. I don't think these are Japanese, probably Korean models from the late 80s or 90s.
     
  11. jaywalker

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    here's some dodgy close-ups:
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    I was thinking of fitting a fishman piezo bridge and a roland GK3 to it.
    Does anyone know if this bridge is exactly the same as a 335/Les Paul bridge in terms of fitting???

    This one was made in Korea.
     
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    Totally different. The post holes are 0.25", the closest I could find is the Gotoh (post spacing is slightly larger than on the Vantage):
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  13. jaywalker

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    That's rained on my parade then....
    was hoping to fit a fishman tomorrow....
     
  14. Bussman

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    Sorry. I have been looking at guitar parts websites with bridge and caliper in hand for weeks now. LOL!
     
  15. dudeunitx5000

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    I don't have a Vantage. But I am very pleased with my Electra Vulcan MPC.
     
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    My first electric was a Vantage Avenger, a solid body with a single split HB'er. Haven't had it for a while, but I have a 25-year old recording of me playing it thru a cranked Ampeg V4. Doesn't sound bad.
     
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    My friends first electric was a solid body Vantage. Great guitar.

    I had/have a Westbury Standard, another good one...
     
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    Given its S6 serial number I suspect its a Korean made Vantage, with S standing for Samick.
     
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    ok, thanks.
    I'm not too much of a snob in terms of it's origin anymore, it plays fine and I will use it here and there without having to turn my back to the audience!
     
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    Same here, cheap guitars at the time but pretty well made.
    Wish I still had it...
     

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