vantage 635?? damn right....

jaywalker

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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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Mike9

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I had a MIJ Vantage Les Paul and it was a killer guitar. The Matsumoku built ones are fantastic.
 

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
 

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....
 

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???
 

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).
 

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.
 

Bussman

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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.
 

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.
 

Bussman

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

DGDGBD

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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.
 

rockinlespaul

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My friends first electric was a solid body Vantage. Great guitar.

I had/have a Westbury Standard, another good one...
 

jaywalker

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Given its S6 serial number I suspect its a Korean made Vantage, with S standing for Samick.

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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