Seems to come up here and there that there is some interest in a thread so here it is... post up anything to do with your guitars, equipment, playing, clips, other musical endeavors or what have you. I'm a good player but hardly ever involved in any organized gigs etc.. I like to hobby around on the equipment side quite a bit though.
I'll start with this Vantage Artist. I actually had one of these new from the store in the early 80's and it became nostalgic to replace it several years back. For an inexpensive guitar (now, not then) they are extremely well made and great players, coming from the famous Matsumoku factory in Japan. They came with active electronics back then which were the major downfall as they were totally unreliable. But you get a three mini-toggle switch holes as a result... It came like this without the case.
I pulled all the (non-stock and unknown) wiring out and had a plan made for a Page style hookup using some Bareknuckle pickups (humbucker size p90 "Mississippi Queen" at neck and "Abraxas" humbucker at bridge). Yum. Split or reverse the humbucker, and combine it series/parallel with the P90 for quack tones and phase for the weird Page distortion.
(out with the old hack)
Shielded it and installed with all new switches, jacks, wires.
One of the few that has made a permanent spot for itself.