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The AES Range


This entire section of my web site is written by Peter AKA Buzzard of the Yamaha forum. I have with his permission copied his work and posted it on my website with only minor additions from me. All credit goes to Peter many thanks.

AES-420 , RM (red metallic) , BL (black) , made in Korea



Specs:
Scale : 24 3/4" (628 mm) Pickups: Humbucker x 2 Body: Nato Neck: Nato Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge: Wrap-around Tailpiece Controls: Front Volume, Rear Volume, Master Tone, 3-position Toggle

AES-500 , silver , gold , cream white , black , made in Taiwan.



YAMAHA manufactured the AES 500 between 1998 and 2000
The solid nato AES500 boasts similar sharp looks as the AES800, but with a pair of beefy humbuckers, a vintage-style stud tailpiece, straight volume and tone controls, and a snappy sparkle-gloss finish. Body: Nato Neck: Maple Fretboard: Rosewood Pickups: 2 humbuckers Hardware: Chrome Controls: 3-way toggle pickup selector, volume neck pickup, volume bridge pickup, master tone Frets: 22 Bridge: Wrap around with fixed saddles Scale: 25-1/2"

AES-520-D6 , Finishes: Satin Black , Grey/Metallic Black , made in Korea


YAMAHA manufactured the AES 520 between 1998 and 2000. Specs:
Color/Finish: Satin Black Scale: 26 1/4" (667 mm) Pickups: Yamaha Alnico5 Humbucker x 2 Body: Nato Neck: Nato Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge Controls: Front Volume, Rear Volume, Master Tone, 3-position Toggle

AES-620 , TDR (translucent dark red) , CG (charcoal grey) , FB (faded burst) (yellow/honey) , RB (royal blue) , made in Korea


 

Specs:
Scale: 24 3/4" (628 mm) Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB x 1, Yamaha Alnico5 Humbucker x 1 Body: Flamed Maple / Nato Neck: Nato Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge Controls: Front Volume, Rear Volume, Master Tone, 3-position Toggle

AES-620 L , (left hand) , CG (charcoal grey)



Otherwise as the 620

AES-620SH , Red Rocker Red , made in Korea.



THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO ROCK!
The Red Rocker has enjoyed a charismatic life on the top for more than 30 years. From his days with Montrose to a hugely successful solo career to nearly two decades of Van Halen. Among it all, Sammy has also found the time to establish Cabo Wabo™ – the #2 premium tequila in the world and a group of successful nightclubs of the same name. With the help of Yamaha's custom shop in Hollywood, CA, Sammy has created his signature guitar based on the award-winning AES620 mixed in with a bit of the Red Rocker's own touches. The AES620 SH features a mahogany body with a figured maple veneer top powered by two humbucking pickups including a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge. The set-in mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard are enhanced with the world-famous Cabo Wabo™ logo inlaid at the 12th fret. The custom red color is based on the Red Rocker's favorite translucent red finish.
Specs:
Body: Color/Finish: Red Rocker Red Scale : 24 3/4" (628 mm) Body: Quilted Maple / Nato Neck: Nato Fretboard: Rosewood with Cabo Wabo Inlay Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB x 1, Yamaha Alnico5 Humbucker x 1 Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge Controls: Front Volume, Rear Volume, Master Tone, 3-position Toggle

AES-620HB , BLD (blonde) , OVS (old violin sunburst) , made in Korea.


The AES 620HB was introduced in 2005. A STUNNING NEW LOOK
Building on the success of the award-winning AES620 solid body, Yamaha has created an alternative to those looking for the playability and tone of the AES620 with a slightly different look. The AES620HB is a chambered body version of the popular AES620. A quick glance shows the AES620HB contains the same great specifications as the AES620 with through-body stringing, Yamaha's signature finger tailpieces, and a Seymour Duncan JB bridge matched with a custom Alnico neck pickup. A closer look shows the AES620HB takes the quilted maple top on a mahogany back and adds Yamaha's unique "F" hole design, to craft not only a stunning look, but creating a unique hybrid sound. Other features include a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, individual volume controls and master tone, and dramatic Blonde and Old Violin Sunburst finishes.
Specifications:
Construction: Set-In Neck Body: Mahogany with Figured Maple Top Neck: Mahogany Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge: Yamaha Original Tune-O-Matic Pickups: 1 Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker Controls: Volume 1, Volume 2, Tone, Toggle Switch Finishes: Blonde, Old Violin Sunburst

AES-720 , BLACK/BLUE METALLIC , BLACK/GRAY METALLIC , made in Korea.



For a little more edge, the AES720 offers more aggressive features like direct-mounted pickups, black hardware, and unique finishes.
The AES720 has become a favorite for modern rock artists with its mahogany body, mahogany set neck, rosewood fingerboard, and custom DiMarzio humbuckers.
The real appeal lies in the wild two-tone metallic finishes and jet black hardware.
Specifications:
Construction: Set Neck Scale Length: 24 3/4" = 628mm Fretboard: Rosewood Radius: 13 3/4" = 350mm Frets: 22 Body: Mahogany Neck: Mahogany Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge Pickups: DiMarzio Custom X 2 Pickup Switch: 3-Position Controls: Volume 1, Volume 2, Master Tone Colors: Black/Blue Metallic, Black/Gray Metallic

AES-800 , cherry red sunburst , brown sunburst. The AES 800 was made between 1998 and 2000 in Taiwan.


Note from me Peter is correct that the 800 was made in Taiwan but some made in Japan 800s may also exist. There are claims on the internet and I am sure I have seen a picture of one but can't now find it.
Some very new sounds lurk behind the nostalgic detailing.
The 800's unique wiring scheme includes a 5-way switch and extra tone pot that let you combine its pickups in varying out-of-phase combinations. This "realtime phase control" unleashes many captivating colors unattainable on most humbucker-equipped guitars. A mahogany-veneered alder body and super-tight neck joint guarantee maximum sustain.
Specifications:
Body: Alder/Mahogany veneer Neck: Maple Fretboard: Rosewood Pickups: 2 DiMarzio Q-100 hum cancelling soap bars Hardware: Chrome Controls: 5-way pickup selector, master volume, master tone, realtime phase control knob Frets: 22 Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Scale : 25-1/2" Finishes: Cherry Sunburst, Brown Sunburst Comments: In position # 2, the inside coils are hot, the phase knob brings the outer bridge coil in and out of phase

AES-820 , 2002-2005 , made in Taiwan.



The Yamaha AES820 electric guitar combines cutting-edge esthetics with explosive tone.
This solid single cutaway body features a massive Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard, Dimarzio pickups, tune-o-matic bridge, Sperzel tuners and exciting new finishes.
·Modern Sculpted Design Solid Alder Body ·Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Sperzel Locking Tuners DiMarzie Pickups Neo-Retro Knobs.

AES-820-D6 , 2002-2005 , made in Japan.


The Yamaha AES820D6 electric guitar features the same cutting-edge esthetics, explosive tone and components as the AES820. The addition of Yamaha's "Drop 6" 25 1/4" neck design is perfect for ultra low tunings used in modern rock styles.
Modern Sculpted Design Solid Alder Body 26 1/4" Scale Drop 6 Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Sperzel Locking Tuners DiMarzio Pickups Neo-Retro Knobs.

AES-920 , HB (honey burst) , CG (charcoal grey) , made in Japan.



AN ORIGINAL CLASSIC. The AES920 blends the vintage with the modern, with a solid Maple body, African Mahogany top and quilted Maple body veneer.
Specifications:
Construction: Set Neck Scale Length: 24 3/4" (628.7mm) Radius: 13 3/4" (350mm) Frets: 22 Pickups: Seymour Duncan '59 x 2 Pickup Switch: 3-Position Toggle Controls: Front Volume, Rear Volume, master Tone Fretboard: Rosewood Body: Quilted Maple Top, Mahogany Back Neck: African Mahogany Bridge: AES Bridge

AES-1500 , orange stain , pearl snow white , made in Japan.



Specifications:
Construction: Set Neck Scale Length: 24 3/4" = 628mm Fretboard: Rosewood Radius: 13 3/4" = 350mm Frets: 22 Body: Laminated Figured Maple Neck: Maple Bridge: T-O-M Bridge Pickups: DiMarzio Q-100 X 2 Pickup Switch: 3-Position Controls: Front/Rear Volume, Front/Rear Tone with Push-Push Switch on Tone Pot Colors: Orange Stain, Pearl Snow White

AES-1500B , orange stain , made in Japan.



The classic look and tone of the AES1500 plus the famous Bigsby B-6 Tremolo.
Features.
Contemporary Classic.
Archtop guitars are boundless in time and tradition.
There's just something about the classic look and that electric-acoustic sound that has appealed to all genres of musicians from country and rock to rockabilly and jazz. Yamaha crafts some of the finest archtops in the world – our artists have known this secret for years. The single-cutaway AES1500 and AES1500B guitars are semi-hollow designs with tone and playability matched only by their classic looks. The finest cuts of maple and sycamore are used, and a choice of beautiful finishes emphasizes their stunning highlights. The DiMarzio Q-100 pickups can be split to produce humbucking warmth to P-90 bite. For a true rockability setup, the AES1500B combines the features of the standard AES1500 with a classic Bigsby tremolo.
Specifications:
Construction: Set Neck Scale Length: 25 1/2" (647.7mm) Fretboard: Rosewood Radius: 13 3/4" (350mm) Frets: 22 Body: Arched Sycamore Top, Maple Back & Sides Neck: Maple Bridge: Bigsby B6 Vintage Vibrato Pickups: DiMarzio Q-100 x 2 Pickup Switch: 3-Position Toggle Controls: Front/Rear Volume, Front/Rear Tone with Push-Push Switch

AES-FG , black , white , made in Japan.


PRECISE, ORIGINAL, UNIQUE.
Frank Gambale's boundless originality, highly evolved improvisational skills,
and groundbreaking technique have helped to lay the foundation for a new breed of jazz and rock guitarists. Frank worked closely with Yamaha designers to produce the AES FG, a guitar as unique as the artist whose name it bears. The AES FG model sports a tapered, double-cutaway mahogany body with a carved top and rear-mounted Seymour Duncan pickups. The Fretwaves tuning system insures precise intonation throughout the guitar's entire range, and the exclusive neck joint system provides easy access to all 22 frets of the ebony fingerboard. The AES FG is a one-of-a-kind, finely crafted instrument that will satisfy any playing style.
Specifications:
Model: AES FG Construction: Bolt-on Scale Length: 25 1/2" = 648mm Fretboard: Ebony Radius: 13 3/4" = 350mm Frets: 22 Body: Premium Grade Mahogany Neck: Maple/Bubinga Bridge: Wilkinson VS100G Pickups: Seymour Duncan Hot Rails X 2, Seymour Duncan JB X 1 Pickup Switch: 5-Position Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone with Push-Push Switch Colors: Black, White

AES-AD6 , 2002-2005 , made in Japan.



NEW FOR 2002
AGGRESSIVE EXPRESSION.
Close collaboration between Orgy/Julien-K guitarists Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck and engineers at Yamaha custom shop led to the creation of the 6-string AESAD6 and 7-string AESRS7. Together, these Drop6 and Drop7 designs represent the perfect marriage of functionality and aesthetic creativity. The alder body of the AESAD6 is fitted with a 26", 24-fret maple neck to easily accommodate drop-tuning. The sharp angles of the body contours, headstock, and pickguard give these guitars a futuristic vibe while still offering balance and comfort. Custom Schaller locking tuners and a monochromatic color scheme add to the avant-garde look. The simple electronics include a custom DiMarzio humbucker with a single volume control.
Specifications:
Model: AESAD6 Construction: Bolt-on Scale Length: 26 1/4" = 666.8mm Fretboard: Maple Radius: 13 3/4" = 350mm Frets: 24 Body: Alder Neck: Maple Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge Pickups: DiMarzio X 1 Controls: 1 Volume Colors: Midnight Blue, Nimbus Gray

AES-RS7 , made in Japan.



AGRESSIVE EXPRESSION.
Close collaboration between Orgy/Julien-K guitarists Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck and engineers at Yamaha custom shop led to the creation of the 6-string AESAD6 and 7-string AESRS7. Together, these Drop6 and Drop7 designs represent the perfect marriage of functionality and aesthetic creativity.
The alder body of the AESRS7 is fitted with a 26", 24-fret maple neck to easily accomodate drop-tuning.
The sharp angles of the body contours, headstock, and pickguard give these guitars a futuristic vibe while still offering balance and comfort. Custom Schaller locking tuners and a monochromatic color scheme add to the avant-garde look. The simple electronics include a custom DiMarzio humbucker with a single volume control.
Specifications:
Model: AESRS7 Construction: Bolt-on Scale Length: 26 1/4" = 666.8mm Fretboard: Maple Radius: 13 3/4" = 350mm Frets: 24 Body: Alder Neck: Maple Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge Pickups: DiMarzio X 1 Controls: 1 Volume Colors: Black, Rusty Red

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