Vantage Avenger 70s/80s Matsumoku good???

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  1. Lorenzop

    Lorenzop

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  2. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

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    These are good instruments if produced in Japan.
    They are not as valuable as the Alembic "copy" basses just because they are sort of a unique style. They are also bolt on rather than neck-thru and don't have the PUP phase switch.
    Consequently they are priced significantly lower.

    From a construction quality point of view they should be pretty close to a Squier IMHO.
    I have never played or heard one so no direct experience versus P.
    Matsumoko tended to wind their pickups a bit on the hot side so I expect they will have the requisite thump.

    That's my thoughts FWIW.
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    there is no bad bass guitar.
  4. kcole4001

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    I have one of the AV-330 guitars, it's a decent cheap guitar.
    You may need to replace the tuners, but the electronics should be good.
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  6. Lorenzop

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    Thanks for replies....

    How are the necks? I see someone selling a fretless version.
    Also what's a fair price?
  7. smcd

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    I have an Avenger. Made in Japan (did they make them anywhere else?). Craftsmanship is excellent, sound is just ok. Sounds like a P-bass. The necks are thick, like the old Fender baseball-bat necks. These basses can be had very very cheap. The commonly sell for well under $200. Great value. I'll take one of these over a new Squier any day.
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  9. Baird6869

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    Nobody is stupid enough to actually pay me to play their gear.
    I played Japanese Vantage guitars and basses back in the day and they are great bang for the buck.

    The PU can be crappy but solidly and well built.
  10. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

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    Hmm, so the reasons he would take your viewpoints on both sides of that statement seriously are...??? :D:D:D:D Not trying to be hateful, it just struck my huh ? button. :rolleyes:
  11. smcd

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    Here's mine -

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    It's extremely well made and light (8-1/2 lbs.) Brass bridge and saddles, good quality tuners. Pickups have adjustable pole pieces and the output is strong. The only real flaw the bass has is the tone adjustment. It has a very narrow range. So let's say a standard Fender Pbass has a range of 1-10, this bass has range of 4-9 (favoring the bass end). I'd still take one of these over a Squier any day.
  12. bobfarabaugh

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    I had one a long time ago. I thought mine was pretty muddy sounding so I rewired it with a tone capacitor from........I don't remember but it really brightened up the sound. It kinda hung weird on a strap because of the short horn. Definitely brings back back high school though.
  13. Lorenzop

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    Thanks everybody.
    Had to let the offer go, too expen$$ive (400$) but I'll keep an eye out!!

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