Once again it’s your favorite time of the week!
It’s guitar of the week time!
Our guitar this week is one owned by my friend and mentor Boot, the mastermind behind BA Ferguson guitars.
This guitar is a Vantage dreadnought style acoustic that has had some modifications. First off, as you will notice from the pictures, there is a pickup that has been attached to the inside of the sound hole and the volume and tone knobs have been placed on the upper bout for ease of access. There is also a selector switch in the top to switch between the pickup in the sound hole and the piezo pickup under the bridge. Another modification is that the neck has been sanded down to a slimmer profile, which helps by making it more comfortable to play.
You might not have heard much about Vantage guitars previously. I had not either, until I began working at Frets and Necks. Guitars with the trademark Vantage were produced in Japan at the Matsumoku plant from 1977 until the late 80’s. The name was picked back up in 1990 and production was moved to Korea. This guitar is an example from the 90’s variants made in Korea.
To me, this guitar is a great example of the name issue. What exactly do I mean when I say “the name issue”? Well, these days we become so caught up in the big names and gimmicks that plague the instrument world, that we miss out on a lot of great instruments. Sometimes it is the name on the headstock, or what pickups are hot at the moment, or the ease of self tuning machines or something crazy, like the Super Duper Ultra Max Self Deprecating Truss Rod 3000 (patent pending)……
I can’t count the number of time I have run into someone who scoffs at a guitar and throws it away because they haven’t heard of it. And they refuse to try it. Refuse, I tell you! Next time you go into a music store, try that guitar with the name you have never heard of. You never know, it might be a sweetie. There will be some junk, and I mean junk. But every now and then, you will come across one that blows you away.
Although this guitar has an all laminate oak back and sides with a spruce top., it is surprisingly resonant and has great tone. The pickups that Boot added make for great sonic fun when plugged into a system. It’s a great gigging guitar, one that you wouldn’t have to be worried about acquiring all the bumps, dings, cracks and whatnot that happen while on the road. She may have her battle scars, but she is a delight to play.
Alright enough words…
Time for pictures!