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The 620 First versions


Five versions of the 620 were available in the late 80s, the 620S appears to be an export model as it doesn't appear in the archives or the Japanese catalogues but does appear in western catalogues in 1987 and 1988. The other four appearing in the archives are the 620, the 620D, the 620J and the 620R, I can only find the 620D and the 620R in Japanese catalogues.

The 620S


The 620S

This is pretty much what you would expect a good looking mid range Yamaha RGX. It was made in Taiwan.
Specifications
Body Basswood
Neck Bolt on Maple
Fretboard Rosewood Bound 628mm scale 350mm radius 24 frets dot markers wit 2 dots on the 12th and 24th fret
Headstock Black with Yamaha and model number on plain undercut
Tuners Black Diecast
Pickups 2 Alnico V Humbuckers
Controls 2 Volume 1 tone with push push coil split 3 way pickup selector
Nut 43mms locking
Hardware Black
Bridge RM Pro
Pickguard None
Colours Black Pearl, Pearl White, Candy Apple Red or Purple
Years available 1987 to 1989


Close up of 620S body


The 620 620D 620J and 620R


A black 620J

The 620 is the basic model the D and the R added extra controls and coil split plus different pickups, the J had in some cases funky finishes along with better pickups and in some cases body woods. All are Made in Japan

Model 620 620D 620R 620J
Body Basswood Basswood Basswood Basswood with exotic woods see below
Neck Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple
Fretboard Rosewood 24 Frets 350mm radius 628mm scale dot markers with two at the 12th and 24th fret Rosewood 24 Frets 350mm radius 628mm scale dot markers with two at the 12th and 24th fret Rosewood 24 Frets 350mm radius 628mm scale dot markers with two at the 12th and 24th fret Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets 350mm radius 628mm scale dot markers with two at the 12th and 24th fret
Hardware Black Black Black Black
Tuners Black Diecast Black Diecast Black Diecast Black Diecast
Controls 1 volume 1 tone no coil split 2 volume 1 tone coil split 2 volume 1 tone coil split 2 volume 1 tone coil split
Pickups 2 SFH-11B HBs 2 YGH-FIBO HBs 2 YGH-FIBO HBs 2 YGH-AIBO Alnico V HBs
Bridge RMII RMII RMII RMII
Colours Black, White, Fire Red or Mellow Pink Black, White, Fire Red or Sonic Blue Black, White or Fire Red Black, White, Sunburst, Power Red, Blueburst or Green Burst
Produced 1986 only 1986 87 1987 only 1987 to 91
Headstock see below see below see below see below

The body wood of the J is described by Yamaha as Basswood on the Black or White models and Basswood with exotic woods for all the other finishes


First a look at the headstocks

Note the 620 and the 620D have the undercut painted to match the body colour this is quite unusual the J and the R have the quite common wording on the undercut and the R has the frequently seen Rock N Road series


Detail of a Greenburst 620J




From the top a 620 a 620D and the body of a 620R

The later 611 guitars

There are 3 611 models which were launched in 1990, there is the 611J the 611J/M just the same guitar with a different board these two appear in the archives and there is a 611M referred to elsewhere but not in the archives. It doesn't appear that the 611J/M and the 611M are the same guitar which one might suspect. There are differences and the first two are made in Japan the 611M is made in Taiwan


This is a white 611J So basswood body see later notes
Specifications
Model 611J and J/M 611M
Body Basswood and on some colours exotic woods Basswood
Neck Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple
Fretboard Rosewood (Maple on the JM) 24 Jumbo Frets 628mms scale 350mm radius dot markers with 2 on the 12th and 24th fret Maple 24 Frets 628mms scale 350mm radius dot markers with 2 on the 12th and 24th fret
Headstock Black RGX 611J Yamaha Super Edition written on and the Keep on Rock etc written on the undercut Black Yamaha RGX 611M written on plain wood undercut
Tuners Black Diecast Black Diecast
Hardware Black Black
Bridge RM Pro RM Pro
Pickups Live Alnico II SC Live Alnico V HB 2 Yamaha Branded Alnico V HBS
Controls 1 Volume 1 Tone 3 way switch coil tap by tone control 1 volume 1 tone mini toggle switch for pickups and mini toggle for coil tap
Colours Black, White, Power Red, Sunburst, Blue Burst or Green* Metallic Black, Candy Apple Red, Pearl White or Lake Placid Blue
Made 1987-90 1987-90

* Black and White models of the 611J or J/M are Basswood, the other colours are described as Basswood with exotic woods.




A comparison of the Headstocks from the top 611J, 611J/M 611M



a 611J and 611J/M can't find a decent picture of a 611M

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