Yamaha SA 1100
This guitar was made in 1988 to 1991 and retailed on release
at 90,000 yen according to Yamaha’s Japanese archives. These are a bit
mysterious because they appear to re-emerge in the western market in 1994, not
sure for how long. The ones I have seen are definitely made in Japan but there
are several comments from good sources that these are made in Taiwan.
I have now seen made in Taiwan models up to as late as May 1998 OH26307 is a Natural coloured
January 1998 model and OL10111 is a black May 1998 model both MIT.
In The March 2016 sale by guitar auctions there is an MIT SA
1100 dating from 1999 with the serial number PH05177 so is this the last year?
Even more mysterious is that these guitars do not appear in any of the 1998 or
Possibly the first run from 88-91 was Japanese and they made
some from 1994 onwards in Taiwan, but this is just speculation.
Body Bound Beech and Birch finish
Neck Set Bound Mahogany Bound C shape
Fretboard Rosewood Dot inlays 13.75" radius 22 frets
Headstock Black Yamaha in caps and super axe in gold script black on white truss rod cover with SA 1100 written on includes the
swirly thistle like logo
Tuners Yamaha branded sealed
Pickups 2 Alnico 5 Humbuckers coil split
Controls Black 2 volume 2 tone push push for coil tap 3 way switch with white tip
Bridge T-O-M stoptail
Pickguard Standard Black on white
Colours Brown Sunburst, Orange Sunburst, Black or Natural
One distinctive feature is the very wide spacing of the 12th fret dots in somecases right at the edge of the board