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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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