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The Supercombinator first series




An SC1200 in Natural Blonde although the Archives translates as Natural Yellow take your pick.


The Supercombinator is so called because of the 13 combinations that can be acheived from the pickups and their individual switches here is a pictorial representation.

Frankly that is a bit confusing to me so here is the simple version.
The switches are one for each pickup, (which I will call B, M & N. The B switch switches the Bridge pickup, the M pickup switches the Middle pickup etc. The important thing to note is that both the B and the M switches are 3-way whereas the N switch is only 2-way. The reason for this is that both the B & M switches are configured - Down = pickup on, Middle = pickup off and Up = Pickup on but out of phase. There is no need for the N switch to have an out of phase option because the other two already have it.


Description
The 700, 800, 1000 and 1200 are all Strat shaped guitars with a medium sized headstock released in December 1977 and in production until 1980. All models in this range can have either SC or Supercombinator on the headstock. All are 25.5" scale and 13.75" radius.

Specifications

1200

1000

800

700

Body

Alder, Maple and Mahogany centre stripes

Alder

Alder

Alder

Headstock

Strat Style 2 string trees

Strat Style 2 string trees

Strat Style 2 string trees

Strat Style 2 string trees

Neck

Through Body Neck Maple and Mahogany

Bolt on Maple

Bolt on Maple

Bolt on Maple

Fretboard

Ebony Abalone Snowflake Markers

Ebony Abalone Snowflake Markers

Ebony white dot Markers

Rosewood White Dot Markers

Frets

21 vintage

21 vintage

21 vintage

21 vintage

Tuners

Gotoh

Gotoh

Gotoh

Gotoh

Controls

1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches

1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches

1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches

1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches

Bridge

6 saddle through body stringing no trem

6 saddle through body stringing no trem

6 saddle through body stringing no trem

6 saddle through body stringing no trem

Pickups

3 black covered single magnet SCs

3 black covered single magnet SCs

3 black covered single magnet SCs

3 black covered single magnet SCs

Hardware

Chrome

Chrome

Chrome

Chrome

Weight

3.7kgs

3.6kgs

3.6kgs

3.6kgs

Nut

42mm

42mm

42mm

42mm

Colours

Natural Blonde or Brown Stain

Natural Blonde or Brown Stain

Natural Blonde or Persimmon red

Black or Ivory White



Some Pictures and Comments

The back of a 1200 showing the through neck



Pictures of a 1000 showing that Brown Stain is a lot nicer than it sounds and one showing the headstock


A nice 800 is Persimmon Red.


A Black 700 with all case candy


A page from the 1977 catalogue launching the range.

As with many early Yamahas my watching of Ebay auctions has not revealed many of these for sale there are some in the guitar information and prices section but not many.
Update March 2018
An SC1200 in very good condition with original hard case has just sold on Ebay for £550.