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The SX Range The Devil's Head Guitars



An SX 80


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These guitars appeared in the mid 70s and are an unusual mixture. They have SG type looks with flatter bodies but with Stratocaster measurements. All the 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 Devil's Head an SX 60

Details

The range is said to have followed on from an SG Model the SG125-2 I can't find anything about that model. They all have 648mms scale 22 jumbo frets and a 42.5mm nut. There are two launches the first in November 1974 and the second in November 1976.


60

80

125

800a

800b

900a

900b

released

Nov 1974

Nov 1974

Nov 1974

Nov 1976

Nov 1976

Nov 1976

Nov 1976

Ended

1976

1976

1976

1978

1978

1978

1978

Price at launch

55,000 yen

70,000 yen

120,000 yen

80,000 yen

80,000 yen

90,000 yen

90,000 yen

Fingerboard

Rosewood

Rosewood

Ebony

Ebony

Ebony

Ebony

Ebony

Body

Katsura

Katsura Bound

Katsura Archtop

Maple and Mahogany

Maple and Sen

Bound Maple and Mahogany

Bound Maple and Sen

Neck

Maple Set

Maple Set

Maple Set bound and with bound headstock

Mahogany Set

Maple Set

Mahogany Set

Maple Set

Tuners

Yamaha Die Cast

Yamaha Die Cast

Grover Chrome

Yamaha Die Cast

Yamaha Die Cast

Yamaha Die Cast

Yamaha Die Cast

Pickups

2 Alnico SCs

2 Alnico SCs

2 Alnico SCs

2 Humbucker G 11

3 Alnico SCs X1s

2 Humbucker G1

3 Alnico SCs

Weight

3kgs

3kgs

3kgs

3.8kgs

3.6kgs

3.8kgs

3.6kgs

Colours

Red, Brown, White, Natural and maybe others

Black, Natural and maybe others

Natural, Red, Brown or Black

Brown or Black

Cherry Red or Black

Brown Sunburst or Red Sunburst

Brown Sunburst or Natural

Controls

2 Volume 2 Tone and 3 way Pickup selector

2 Volume 2 Tone and 3 way Pickup selector

2 Volume 2 Tone and Pickup 3 way selector

2 Volume 2 Tone and Pickup 3 way selector

Strat Style 1 volume 2 tone and 5 way Selector switch

2 Volume 2 Tone and 3 way Pickup selector

Strat Style 1 volume 2 tone and 5 way Selector switch


The archives have limited information about the SX60 and The SX80 hence there could be colours I haven't seen. As can be seen the first run comprised of 3 models and the second one of 4 or 2 variations of 2. The SX60 was the cheapest of the first run and the SX 80 next, they look very similar except for the binding on the 80. Here are some pictures of those two.


All the above are SX60s

 
The Above are SX80

Pictures of the 125 are hard to find here's is the launch advert featuring Carlos Santana

The second launch in 1976 comprised of the 800A and B and the 900A and B, the As are HH configuration and the Bs are SSS configuration. The only differences between 800s and 900s appears to be that the Pickups are described differently and the 900 series has gold hardware. Exactly what the difference is in these pickups and hardware, apart from 10,000 yen, isn't clear.


Pictures of the second issue

800a on the left 800b on the right

Stunning 800b on the left and a 900a on the right.

And a 900b
In 2002 there was an NSX Exart 2000 limited edition, this was a reissue of the SX900b available in Natural or Black.It is said but I have no proof that only 180 of these were made.
Famous Users
Rory Gallagher played and SX800b at times and Tommy Bolin had an SX125 specially made to his specifications

 
Tommy Bolin and his SX125