The Yamaha ST and STH

Bill Alston

The ST and STH



An STH 400R


These guitars are Strat Clones which appeared around March 1984 and with a couple of exceptions lasted for less than a year. There has been some speculation that the range was short lived due to complaints from Fender although considering the ST looked very like the SR it replaced that seems unlikely, however as can be seen below the headstocks are very like Fenders and it was the headstock that Fender got Tokai to change in the eighties. The STH 400 and 500s lasted into 1985 as they appear in the 1985 catalogue. The guitars came with Rosewood or Maple boards indicated by an M or R in the model name. All guitars in the range were made in Japan and appear to have been domestic market only. I haven't seen a single one of these for sale on Ebay UK.



 

The Models
The ST range was a standard three single coil strat configuration and comprised of the 360M and R, the 400M and R, the 500M and R, The 600M and R, the 800M and R and the 1000M and R. It is said that the 600, 800 and 1000 are 1 piece bodies, the 400 and 500 2 piece and the 360 Multi piece. I have no concrete proof of this.The 800 and the 1000 have locking nuts and Yamaha locking bridges. The STH range was a 2 Humbucker configuration comprising of the 400R, the 500M and R, the 800R and the 1000R. If any models other than the 500 came with a Maple option I can find no evidence of it. Again it is said that the 800 and the 1000 are one piece bodies and the 500 and 400 two piece and multi piece respectively. The 800 and the 1000 have locking nuts and Yamaha locking bridges.


Specifications

ST360 M and R ST 400M and R ST 500M and R ST 600M and R ST 800M and R ST 1000M and R STH 400R STH 500M and R STH 800R STH 1000R
Body Sen or Agathis, Igem Sen or Agathis, Igem Alder Alder Alder Alder Sen or Agathis Alder Alder Alder Bound
Neck Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple Maple
Fretboard Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Matching Headstock Maple or Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Matching Headstock Rosewood 21 Frets 13.75" radius Matching Headstock
>Bridge >Standard Steel pressed saddle trem type >Standard Steel pressed saddle trem type >Standard Steel pressed saddle trem type >Standard Steel pressed saddle trem type >Yamaha locking type with locking nut >Yamaha locking type with locking nut >Standard Steel pressed saddle trem type >Standard Steel pressed saddle trem type >Yamaha locking type with locking nut >Yamaha locking type with locking nut
Pickups 3 SCs 3 SCs 3 Alnico V 3 Alnico 5 3 Alnico 5 3 Alnico 5 2 HBs 2 HB Spinex 2 HBs probably Spinex * 2 HBs probably Spinex *
Tuners String Trees Gotoh Tuners 1 String tree Gotoh Tuners 1 String tree Gotoh Tuners 1 String tree Gotoh Tuners 1 String tree Gotoh Tuners No string tree Gotoh Tuners No String Tree Gotoh Tuners 1 String tree Gotoh Tuners 1 String tree Gotoh Tuners No String Tree Gotoh Tuners No String Tree
Release Price Yen 36000 40000 50000 60000 80000 100000 40000 50000 80000 10000
Weight 3.5kgs 3.5kgs 3.5kgs 3.5kgs 3.6kgs 3.6kgs
3.8kgs

Colours Sunburst, White, Black Sunburst, White, Black, Candy Tone Red Sunburst, White, Black, Black Metallic, Siver Gray Sunburst, White, Black, Candy Tone Red, Silver Gray Sunburst, White, Black, Candy Tone Red, Silver Gray Sunburst, Black, Cream White Black, White, Red Black, Cream White Coral Blue Black, Cream White Coral Blue, Red, Deep Blue Black, Cream White Coral Blue, Red, Deep Blue

* The Yamaha Archive only details the 500 from the SH range, but as the 500 is stated to have Spinex pickups, it is reasonable to assume that the more expensive models also have them.


Some STH Details

Left to right an STH 500 and an STH 1000 showing the different Bridges


Extract from the 1985 catalogue showing the last survivors of the ST and STH ranges.

Jeff-Carolina and Buzzard from the Yamaha forum have found me some pictures of 360 models Thanks guys
 
   
Note the slight difference in the headstocks, the truss rod plug is on the maple only

Couldn't resist posting pictures of this STH500R I think it looks great. It is from an Ebay USA sale starting at $380  

Update August 2017
I have come across a model I've not previously seen an ST 535RX. It appears to have been made in Japan in the late 80s probably 1988 or 89 it is very hard to find any catalogues for that period. I have found examples in Blue and Red but obviously there could be other colours. It looks to be an SSH but from the information I have seen I suspect it's not a humbucker but two single coils as in some other Yamaha models. It has a Maple neck and Rosewood board and either a Sen Ash or Alder body.



ST 535RX pictures
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