Yamaha SA 2000S

This 2000s in Antique Stain was sold in 2013 for about £1500

According to the archives this guitar was made in Japan from 1979 to 1983 and retailed on release at 160,000 yen. However the model appears in the English catalogues until at least 1987. It is in effect an SA2000 but with a spruce top
Whilst the catalogues show only 2 colours there are some quite rare ones in a Natural blonde finish. see below

Body Bound Beech and Birch Sides with Arched Spruce top
Neck Set Mahogany Matching body
Fretboard Bound Ebony 22 Frets 350mm radius
Headstock Thistle logo Yamaha above Model name on Truss Rod Cover
Pickups 2 Splittable Alnico 1* A-1 Humbuckers
Controls 2 volume 2 tone with push push coil split
Tuners Gold Yamaha Branded Gotoh
Nut 43mms
Hardware Gold
Bridge Gold Plated Stud type with Yamaha Gold Plated Stop Bar Tail piece
Pickguard Small Black
Colours Burgundy or Antique stain and very rarely Blonde Natural
* Some sources suggest Alnico II but the difference is not likely to be significant

The two standard colours

Note the Straight grain on the Spruce Top compared with The beech birch grain


Natural BlondeThese pictures were kindly sent to me by John McGoldrick

John and I have exchanged several emails and below is an extract from one of Johns

Hi I have a Yamaha SA2000S natural/blonde. Below is some history about the guitar. I also know someone else in Birmingham who also has one of these guitars & can verify the story as his father was the manager of the guitar shop in question at the time. Yamaha SA2000S blond I believe there was only 21 made, and I have number 19. The guitar was originally from Woodroffes a music shop in Dale End Birmingham which doesn’t exist anymore. The serial number is 015919 any info on the history of this guitar & how to read the serial number would be greatly appreciated

I am a bit dubious about this story for reasons I have explained to John but if anyone knows anything either way about the blonde natural SA 2000S I would appreciate you letting me know

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