Friday, 8 July 2011

Vantage Avenger - cool understated 1980s Made In Japan guitar from Matsumoku
Someone could do a lot worse than to snap us this Matsumoku-made Vantage Avenger which is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $200. It's an attractively designed but understated no-nonsense guitar with a single humbucker in the bridge position with coil tap allowing for tonal variation. I like the red satin finish which nicely shows off the grain of the natural ash body. The maple neck is very clean and virtually umarked.

The seller thinks that this Avenger might be a model AV-310, although this Vantage catalogue shows the AV-310 to be very similar although without the pickguard. It may not have the same model designation but is certainly from the same series. The brass bridge and the headstock shape also put me in mind of certain Westone guitars - another brand produced by Matsumoku - although the Vangage is much more pleasing to the eye.

G L Wilson

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  1. I found an X33 Avenger in red with all maple neck. 3 single coils and in the case with original trem bar and Allen wrench. Good shape and at $230 in May 2016. A DEAL !
    A lot of guys miss that the polepieces are adjustable like on humbuckers. A single coil pickup needs that to tame the G or B and emphasize the weaker D. In 15 minutes, I improved the tone of this guitar easily 10-15%.



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