The Yamaha SuperR'nroller

Bill Alston

The SuperR'nroller



An SR700 the top of the range


These guitars are early copies of Fender Stratocasters some have large 70s style headstocks others 60s style but with truss rod adjustment at the headstock end. All however have 4 bolt necks not 3 bolt. They all have typical strat specs 21 frets, 25.5" scale, body mounted jack, 1 volume and 2 tone controls. However they have the typical Yamaha radius of 13.75" rather than the much rounder Fenders. They first appear in 1976 and last through to 1982, all made in Japan for the domestic market only. This seems to be a common theme among early Fender copies, maybe they thought why would the west buy Fender copies when they can buy Fenders. You don't see many of these for sale in the UK but to give an idea of price an SR550s in good condition sold on Ebay in 2017 for £378. You do see a few from Japan on various Ebays recently there has been a 500 for $289 and a 700 for $471, add in costs to get it from Japan and still not expensive guitars.



Main Specifications
Model 400 400s 450s 500 500s 550s 700
Release Year Nov 76 81 Mar 82 Nov 76 81 Mar 82 April 78
Year Discontinued 79 82 83 79 82 83 81
Price when Released yen 40,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 50,000 55,000 70,000
Body 2 ply sen sen sen sen alder ? ash
Neck Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple
Fretboard * Maple or Rosewood Rosewood Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple
Pickups 3 R-11 single coils white covered on white pickguard 3 R-11 single coils white covered on white pickguard 3 Alnico V single coils white covered on white pickguard 3 R-11 single coils white covered on white pickguard 3 R-11 single coils white covered on white pickguard 3 Alnico V single coils white covered on white pickguard 3 Alnico V single coils white covered on white pickguard
Hardware Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome
Headstock 70s 2 square string trees 60s 1 round string tree 60s 1 round string tree 70s 2 square string trees 60s 1 round string tree 60s 1 round string tree 60s 2 square string trees
Tuners Yamaha trap style Yamaha trap style Vintage Kluson Type Yamaha Gotoh Style Vintage Kluson Type Vintage Kluson Type Yamaha Gotoh Style
Weight 3.7kgs
3.7kgs 3.8kgs
3.4kgs 3.8kgs
Colours Natural or Sunburst Natural or Sunburst Natural, Black or Sunburst Natural or Sunburst Natural or Sunburst Metallic Red, BrownSunburst or Yellow Sunburst Natural or Tobacco Sunburst

* Some sources suggest that all models were available with Maple or Rosewood Boards, the catalogues all show maple boards only, except for the 400s which shows Rosewood only, I have seen a picture of a 400 with a Rosewood board but can't find any other models with Rosewood.


The Different Tuners


   
The left hand image is the Trap style tuners used on the 400 and the 400s generally awful tuners, why did Yamaha ever use these. Middle is the Gotoh Style Tuners used on the 500 and 700 and the right the Kluson Type used on the rest.

The headstocks

   
Left the 70s style headstock used on the 400 and 500, middle is the 60s style with 2 square string trees used on the 700 right the 60s style with 1 round string tree used on the rest.

More Pictures

 
Above a 400 with a Rosewood board and a 400 with Maple


Here's a 400s in a colour it doesn't come in?

 
A 550s in Metallic Red and a 500 in Black

A 700 body in great condition plastic nicely yellowing.
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