NBD Anyone Own One of These? MIJ Vantage Avenger

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  1. Jazzerclean

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    Just picked this bass up in great condition for small change, couldn't walk by and pass it up.
    1982 Vantage Avenger MIJ Matsumuko.
    Looks like the bridge could be brass?
    Intonation was perfect, frets are good only a few very minor dings. It sounds great though I'm not a bass player!
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    Very :cool: Congratulations.
     
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    Thanks, as I'm not a bass player, how are these models regarded? would appreciate your view.
     
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    I only play bass, (Fender MIM Jazz Bass) when recording my own originals so I’m not familiar with this model. I’m sure someone here can provide some feedback.
     
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    Ok thanks for responding :)
     
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    Anyone have any expeirence with this model bass?
     
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    Not that particular model, but a Matsumoko manufactured Vox from that era.

    Similar looking tuners, bridge and pickup.

    Exceptionally high quality builds, perfect fretwork, good sounds too. The instruments that fuelled thousands of teen dreams under various brand names, and powered the NWOBHM.

    So, no direct experience of that model, but experience of the builds of that era from that manufacturer. If you got it for chump-change, you got an appreciating asset, a quality instrument, and many responses of 'Cool!'
     
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  9. Jazzerclean

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    Great thanks for your take on this. The wood is spectacular, the three piece neck is just great. All the hardware seems very high quality. It was stored unused for 30+ years and as mentioned, the intonation was perfect! Best loose change (really a give away) I have spent.
    Tks again for your input, invaluable.

    Sorry for my ignorance, what is NWOBHM?
     
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    NWOBHM = New Wave Of British Heavy Metal

    Metal/Heavy Rock really took off in the UK ~79-83ish. The old guard of Budgie, Motorhead, Black Sabbath et al were joined by Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Tank, Witchfynde, Vardis et al. A fun time. Punk ethics, Matsumoko guitars ( Westone, Aria and many others ) riffing through Marshall and Carlsboro stacks, pub&club gigs packed with sweaty, patchouli infused grease balls, all headbanging in an attempt to induce trauma. I loved it :)

    Fender & Gibson were out of reach financially, while the Japanese were affordable, and every bit as well made, if not better.

    They have something of a cult following now as folk who had them in the day reminisce fondly. They either go for peanuts for distributor branded models, or command quite high prices for certain Aria + Westone models. Among my peers at the time, a Les Paul was not the object of desire. A Westone Thunder IIa was the poster child. Only Yamaha came close for requiring a drool-guard with their SG model.

     
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    Nice looking bass, congrats! The way I see it, is if you are comfortable with it, it stays in tune, and works when you need it, then it is a fine instrument regardless of brand history.
     
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    Oh wow, thanks, your knowledge is vast and all seems correct as I went through music in the late 70s and thereafter. I have a Vantage VS guitar that is on the lines of an Alembic guitar (remember those) but I wasn't aware of their bass's at all (not being a bass player). I went through 4 decades of having Fenders and Norlin era Gibsons and still own some, but these Japanese guitars (and basses now I have discovered) are, I found of a ridiculous high quality.
    Thanks for you great knowledge, that helped me.
     
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    Thanks Old Deaf Roadie (btw, that is a killer profile name) love your wisdom in what you said and I will take that on board, I know that could only come from someone experienced. Best regards.
     
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    Nice axe !!!

    I think i want one ...
     
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    Thank you for the kind words. I started on bass at age 15, 1980. I had a Hondo II P-bass copy that played & sounded just fine, hence the gist of my original reply.
    My forum name comes from years upon years of mixing sound, both house & monitors. I experience a 75% hearing loss, meaning I don't hear much above 5kHz. At least I retained the vocal range. Today, I head the tech services arm of a small convention & conference center where I maintain & operate all AV installations, do all the rigging, & ask folks to speak up. At least I don't live on a tour bus...
     
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    No, never heard of them before!
    I like it, though- beautiful hunk of wood!!
     
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    I've only seen those with a 2x2 headstock/tuning machine layout. Interesting. Haven't played one in years, so I can't help much there.
     
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    Thanks, it was practically given to me, it sounds so good as well. Gave the truss rod a turn, lowered the action and voila! Perfect! But what The! I'm a guitar player, now I have to get my bass runs happening.
     
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  19. rangercaster

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    MIJ quality is a secret ...

    If people discover this fact ...

    The prices will rise ..


    SHHHH ...


    MIK, MII, MIM, MIC ...
     
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    OK, mums the word!
    Shhhh ( but I think the secret has been out for quite a while)
     
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