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Sold: 1982 Vantage X-88B Bass from Matsumoku


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#1 Grangur

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 11:52 AM

Price or Trade Value : £175

This is a Vantage X-88B Bass guitar from 1982. It's in amazing condition for a 35 year old bass. It does have a few dings, but the condition is quite remarkable.
The knobs have been replaced, but the originals are included.


It's all set up and working well.
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Body Japanese Ash Solid construction.
Neck 3-piece rock maple.
Fingerboard Rosewood.
Scale length 32-1/4 inches
Weight: 3.46Kg. 7.63lb
Frets 22 frets
Pickups Delano S-600
Controls 1 Volume, 1 Tone; Passive
Bridge Ripper type.
Tailpiece Brass saddles.
Tuners Chrome plated die-cast
Hardware Chrome plated
Finishes Tobacco Brown and Dark Brown Shade.
In production 1982

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Most of the marks here are dust, but you can see here that I have the original knobs

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Located in East Herts, but I travel about a fair bit. Or I can post it at shipping cost.

Edited by Grangur, 12 October 2017 - 01:34 PM.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:16 PM

Nice. I've never been a fan of sunburst, but this sort of tobaccoburst is very nice.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:59 AM

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:17 AM

how do you know it's Matsumoku? not doubting you but I've got a Hondo from the same period, the body's a different shape but the bridge etc look the same, I've always wondered whether it's a Matsumoku

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 12:50 PM

 PaulWarning, on 11 July 2017 - 10:17 AM, said:

how do you know it's Matsumoku? not doubting you but I've got a Hondo from the same period, the body's a different shape but the bridge etc look the same, I've always wondered whether it's a Matsumoku

All Vantage basses were manufactured by Matsumoku. I don't believe Hondo's were though.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:07 PM

What does it weigh please and can you post a pic of the back showing the neck heel? (I'm interested in mod potential for something I have in mind). Thanks
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:27 PM

 Wilco, on 11 July 2017 - 12:50 PM, said:

All Vantage basses were manufactured by Matsumoku. I don't believe Hondo's were though.
Ah right, ok cheers

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 03:56 PM

 ikay, on 11 July 2017 - 02:07 PM, said:

What does it weigh please and can you post a pic of the back showing the neck heel? (I'm interested in mod potential for something I have in mind). Thanks
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It's nice and light. I've had a few Westones and this is a lot lighter. When I get home tonight I'll weigh it.
I sometimes travel near Horsham for work. So I could drop in sometime. Maybe meet you lunchtime at your work, if you are interested.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:29 PM

Thanks and good to know that you sometimes venture this way. I like that this is 32" but it would require a bit of modding for what I have in mind. Let me have a think.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:19 PM

 ikay, on 11 July 2017 - 06:29 PM, said:

Thanks and good to know that you sometimes venture this way. I like that this is 32" but it would require a bit of modding for what I have in mind. Let me have a think.
To answer your other question -
Weight: 3.46Kg. 7.63lb

I'm curious about your plans for the project.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:51 PM

My first decent bass was one of these!! It had a lovely neck and a dimarzio P pickup, it was fantastic. I replaced it with an ibanez musician :)
a great bass and in a bit tempted!

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:56 PM

Thanks for the weight. Project is eyes only lol! A flight of fancy that may never see the light of day but you never know. Half the fun is thinking about it :)
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:09 PM

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:21 AM

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:05 AM

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:31 AM

More pictures requested:


These are on the back
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More general pics
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7 Closer in on a ding you can see in pic 5
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8 This is down by the rear strap button.
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9 You can see this on picture 4
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:05 AM

That's in good condition for its' age
Lovely colour too :) and I like the grain as well

The neck looks very similar to those used on Westone basses

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:39 PM

Short scales aren't for me, but that's a lovely bass & a nice purchase for the buyer.
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