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The SGV Samurai Guitars



One of the more famous SGV players note this is an SGV 800 in Black Sparkle a colour not shown in any catalogue or in the archives.
Not the first time Yamahas have turned up in undocumented colours.



This range comprises of 5 models all made in Taiwan. The 300 and the 800 were for domestic and export, the 500s, the 700 and the 1200 were intended as domestic only. They are essentially reissues of the 1960s SGs partcularly the SG2 the 5 the 7 and the 12' although they also bear a resemblance to the third version of the SC and the EGV of which more later.


left to right an SG2 an SGV 300 and an SC300T


The dates of these are mysterious as is their appearance in catalogues. The specs below feature the dates according to the Yamaha Archives.

Model

300

500S

700

800

1200

Dates available

April 2000 to 2007

May 2001 to end 2001

April 2000 to 2007

April 2000 to 2004

October 2001 to 2007

Launch price

42,000 yen

42,000 yen

65,000 yen

80,000 yen

120,000 yen

Neck

Bolt on on Maple

Bolt on Maple

Bolt on Maple

Bolt on Maple

Bolt on Maple

Fretboard

Rosewood 22 frets 250mm radius

Rosewood 22 frets 250mm radius

Rosewood 22 frets 250mm radius

Rosewood 22 frets 250mm radius

Rosewood 22 frets 250mm radius

Body

Alder

Alder

Alder

Alder

Alder

Hardware

Chrome

Chrome

Gold

Chrome

Gold

Bridge

Original SGV roller type trem

Tune-o-Matic Stoptail

Original SGV roller type trem

Original SGV roller type trem

Original SGV roller type trem with built in ballbearing in saddles

Pickups

3 single coil Alnico

3 single coil Alnico

3 single coil Alnico

2 single coil Alnico

2 single coil Alnico

Switch

3P selector

3 Pole selector

3P selector

3P selector

3P selector

Controls

1 volume 1 tone 1 blender

2 volume 1 tone

1 volume 1 tone 1 blender

2 volume 1 tone

2 volume 1 tone

Tuners

Gotoh non locking

Gotoh non locking

Gotoh non locking

Sperzel locking

Sperzel locking

Colours

Red Metallic, Pearl Green, Sonic Blue or Vintage Yellow

Black, Mist Green or Mist Raspberry

Red Metallic, Pearl Green, Shelby Blue, Sonic Blue, Vintage Yellow or Sunburst

Blue Sparkle, Red Sparkle or Pearl Snow White

Pearl Snow White or Black



A word on Dates and Catalogues
The 1200 is said to have been launched in 2001 but I have seen one or two which the owners claim are 2000, this is not substantiated. The export models were the 300 and the 800 and these launched at the 2000 NAMM,appear in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 English Catalogues but nothing in the 2004 or later catalogues despite the 300 said to be available up to 2007.
In the 2000 Japanese catalogues the the 300 and 700 appear and in the 2001 catalogue the 500S and the 800 have been added but still no 1200 I have no access to later Japanese catalogues, other than the one below, so can't trace them any further

I don't know what year this catalogue scan is from but it shows all models except the 500S


Where the guitar is described as having a balancer or a blender, this works on the two adjacent single coil pickups to gradually move from a single coil sound to a humbucker sound and also in reverse.

  
Left to right a 300 a 500 and a 700
 
An 800 and a 1200

The guitars don't have the model number anywhere obvious but identification is fairly easy gold hardware 2 pickups a 1200, gold with three pickups it's a 700. Stoptail Tune-o-Matic type bridge it's a 500S. Chrome hardware SGV bridge 2 pickups is an 800 3 it's a 300.

   
The headstocks all similar left to right a 700, an 800 and a 1200


The EGV

Information is very sparse on this guitar. What I know is that it predates the SGV as they were certainly made in 1989.
Information I am sure of
They have a Basswood body with a Rosewood on Maple 22 fret neck. Unlike the SGV they don't have a matching headstock. Chrome hardware three single coils with 1 volume and one tone control. There is some reference to a 3 way switch and some to a 5 way. They came in Yellow, Red and Blue, the blue is referred to in places as Malibu Blue which makes sense for a surf guitar. they are not in the 1990 English or Japanese catalogue.
Unsubstantiated Information
They are said to be made in China available in the 90s and aimed at the beginner maybe as a starter pack. There is reference to someone having owned a white one but he could have confused it with an SGV. The only model I have seen is a 103 or 103c are there any others. There is reference to Jumbo frets on one advertisement.

Some Pictures