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SGRR Guitars


There are 3 models in this range the SGRR Standard, The SGRR Custom both launched in October 1989 and the SGRR Junior launched in July 1990. The first two appear as new models in the 1990 Japanese catalogue the Junior doesn't feature in any catalogue I can find. Production of these ceased in 1991 so not very many of them about. They are based on Gibson SG juniors with some of Yamahas own twists. All guitars are 628.6mms (24.75") scale

SGRR Junior

This is the most basic model retailing at 50,000 Yen when launched.
Specifications
Body Basswood
Neck Bolt on Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood 22 Frets 350mms radius
Headstock Black with tuning fork logo and SGRR Junior in Script Black on White Truss Rod cover with Yamaha in Capitals
Tuners Sealed Gotohs*
Pickups 2 Ceramics
Controls Black with silver tops 1 volume 1 tone 3 way switch
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Chrome 6 saddle hardtail without through body stringing
Pickguard Tortoiseshell on the black, black on the white.
Colours Black or white
Weight about 3kgs
*The only one I have seen had Gotoh tuners (see picture below) and whilst they don't look like replacements I can't be sure.


 

Various views of the Junior

SGRR Standard


Lime de Mahogany see below
Vey much in the style of the SG junior. Relesed at 65,000 yen

Specifications
Body Mahogany
Neck Set Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood 22 Frets 350mms radius
Headstock Black with tuning fork logo and SGRR Standard in Script Black on White Truss Rod cover with Yamaha in Capitals
Tuners Vintage Kluson style
Pickups 2 Alnico Vs P90 style
Controls Black with Silver top 1 volume 1 tone 3 way switch
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Chrome 6 saddle hardtail without through body stringing
Pickguard Tortoiseshell on the black, black on the Cherry and blonde.
Colours Black Vintage Cherry or Blonde*

* Google translation of the archives calls this colour Lime de Mahogany looks blonde to me.


 

SGRR Custom

This is the top of the range released at 85,000 yen with unusually a piezo bridge pickup with receivers on each saddle.
Specifications
Body Mahogany
Neck Set Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood 22 Frets 350mms radius
Headstock Black with tuning fork logo and SGRR Custom in Script Black on White Truss Rod cover with Yamaha in Capitals
Tuners Vintage Kluson style
Pickups 2 Alnico Vs Humbuckers and a piezo bridge pickup
Controls Black with Silver top 1 volume 1 tone which acts as on off for the piezo a 3 way switch 1 balancer for the piezo with a slider for volume and tone on the back*.
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Chrome 6 saddle hardtail without through body stringing
Pickguard Tortoiseshell
Colours Black or Vintage Cherry
* The literature indicates that this switch exists but I can't see it in any pictures.

 



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