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Vantage tele copy

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Sean_naeS, Jul 26, 2004.

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  1. Sean_naeS

    Sean_naeS TDPRI Member

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    Jul 26, 2004
    So I found someone on the internet with a nice looking "Vantage" tele copy for sale. Here's a pic - http://home.cogeco.ca/~seand/vantage.jpg

    I was thinking of maybe picking it up as a project guitar. I don't really know how to do stuff like neck adjustments, wiring, etc, so I thought it'd be good to learn on a cheap guitar. I don't actually have a tele yet (I've been a strat guy since I started playing) though I'm planning on getting a used mexi standard or perhaps an american or other higher end tele if I can find one used at a good price. I thought maybe I could put humbuckers in this one after getting a nicer tele, as I don't have any guitars with humbuckers in them right now.

    I would probably do this, but I'd like to know if they're at least decent guitars. I don't really care too much about the quality of the electronics and pickups, but I do care about the playability of the guitar and how well built it is.

    Should I buy it (it's not that much, probably about half of what a used mexi would generally cost), or just save the money and put it towards something else?
     
  2. arnoudse

    arnoudse Tele-Meister

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    Oct 31, 2003
    Michigan
    Hmmmm.

    Good question. That guitar looks nice- is that an ash body? I assume it is used as well. If you don't know much about neck adjustments, electronics, etc... I also assume you'll have someone else put Humbuckers in it for you. That will cost some decent money, if you pay someone to do it, as well as the pickups. I guess my ramblings boil down to this- I'd buy it for $150 or less, and if it doesn't work out, you might be able to trade it in or sell it for a fender.
    As for playability, you can usually adjust that to your taste.
     
  3. Sean_naeS

    Sean_naeS TDPRI Member

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    Jul 26, 2004
    Actually, I wouldn't get someone else to do it for me - basically part of the idea for me getting this guitar would be to learn how to do stuff. I would probably either buy a precut pickguard or get someone else to cut it for me, but I'd probably try to do the wiring stuff myself - I'd like to learn that stuff and I figure if I'm going to screw up a guitar while learning, it might as well be a cheap one. I have friends that know what they're doing with wiring as well, so I should be able to get them to show me stuff.

    I don't know anything about the wood, or the guitar in general other than the pics he sent me (that's one of four, but gives the best idea of what the guitar looks like).

    He's asking $150 (that's CND though).
     
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  5. bo

    bo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    Vantage guitars were either MIJ or MIK. I suspect the body is probably several pieces of wood with a veneer. It would be a good guitar to mess with for learning to swap stuff out on, etc. if it currently plays well. I love how they copied the '70s era "wrong" body shape.
     
  6. arnoudse

    arnoudse Tele-Meister

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    Oct 31, 2003
    Michigan
    humbuckers

    Sounds like a good guitar to learn working on, like you said. What I meant was how would you do the body routing for the humbuckers?
     
  7. Sean_naeS

    Sean_naeS TDPRI Member

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    Jul 26, 2004
    Now that I would get someone who knew what they were doing to do. I know people that do that kind of stuff though, and I could get that done pretty cheap too.
     
  8. ravindave_3600

    ravindave_3600 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 30, 2004
    Newly Indiana
    $150 CDL

    is a good price for any guitar in reasonable playing condition. That's what, $120 US? If it doesn't have any major flaws, I'd buy it and use it as a test mule.
     
  9. afawill

    afawill TDPRI Member

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    Oct 15, 2010
    vancouver bc
    Hi - I have a vantage tele and it is very solid sounding and playing guitar. Mine is a butterscotch color - the electronics were terrible (switch volume and tone) - changed the pickups to gfs neovin pickups - neck and body are good - great project guitar to learn on.
     
  10. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    Virginia
    a black guard on that will make it look 100 times better.

    I wouldnt pay $150 for that as I can get a used Squier CV/C for $50 more and those are as good as a Tele can get without going custom shop. And the huge benefit of everything being US Fender spec, who knows what bridge, tuners, pickguard, etc will fit on that? Plus they are already routed for a humbucker.

    Id pay $100 though. I like the headstock shape, funny cuz most boutique builders headstocks look terrible yet cheapo knockoffs can make a good one.
     
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  11. Hekim

    Hekim Tele-Meister

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    Sep 8, 2009
    Texas
  12. afawill

    afawill TDPRI Member

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    Oct 15, 2010
    vancouver bc
    Love of a guitar. I have had this guitar for a while and I always liked the thin solid neck but I was not crazy about the sound. I have made many improvements and now I really love it. I cut out an arm contour with a horse shoe rasp and sand paper. I also rounded the corner and horn on the neck where it joins the body. I can play 2 frets higher comfortably and play for longer. I also drilled 6 holes in the body for string through bridge. I did not expect that big of a difference but the sound improved a lot. The notes sound more more full and whole. I feel I hear the wood of the body being more involved. I have 12 guitars but I play this cheap Nick off the most. I also added rare earth magnets near the bridge and neck pickups to fix an issue with the gfs replacements that have week treble string polls. I even had them measure and those poles at the end

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    where 50% lower than the rest and gfs would not approve a return.
    Here are some pictures.
     
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