The Yamaha SC first series

Bill Alston

The Supercombinator first series




An SC1200 in Natural Blonde although the Archives translates as Natural Yellow take your pick.


The Supercombinator is so called because of the 13 combinations that can be acheived from the pickups and their individual switches here is a pictorial representation.


Frankly that is a bit confusing to me so here is the simple version.
The switches are one for each pickup, (which I will call B, M & N. The B switch switches the Bridge pickup, the M pickup switches the Middle pickup etc. The important thing to note is that both the B and the M switches are 3-way whereas the N switch is only 2-way. The reason for this is that both the B & M switches are configured - Down = pickup on, Middle = pickup off and Up = Pickup on but out of phase. There is no need for the N switch to have an out of phase option because the other two already have it.

Description
The 700, 800, 1000 and 1200 are all Strat shaped guitars with a medium sized headstock released in December 1977 and in production until 1980. All models in this range can have either SC or Supercombinator on the headstock. All are 25.5" scale and 13.75" radius.
Note
As far as I can find the 700 only appears in Japanese catalogues suggesting it was a domestic only model.
Specifications


1200 1000 800 700
Body Alder, Maple and Mahogany centre stripes Alder Alder Alder
Headstock Strat Style 2 string trees Strat Style 2 string trees Strat Style 2 string trees Strat Style 2 string trees
Neck Through Body Neck Maple and Mahogany Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple
Fretboard Ebony Abalone Snowflake Markers Ebony Abalone Snowflake Markers Ebony white dot Markers Rosewood White Dot Markers
Frets 21 vintage 21 vintage 21 vintage 21 vintage
Tuners Gotoh Gotoh Gotoh Gotoh
Controls 1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches 1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches 1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches 1 volume 1 tone black speed dial and 3 toggle switches
Bridge 6 saddle through body stringing no trem 6 saddle through body stringing no trem 6 saddle through body stringing no trem 6 saddle through body stringing no trem
Pickups 3 black covered single magnet SCs (Ceramics) 3 black covered single magnet SCs (Ceramics) 3 black covered single magnet SCs (Ceramics) 3 black covered single magnet SCs (Ceramics)
Hardware Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome
Weight 3.7kgs 3.6kgs 3.6kgs 3.6kgs
Nut 42mm 42mm 42mm 42mm
Colours Natural Blonde or Brown Stain Natural Blonde or Brown Stain Natural Blonde or Persimmon red Black or Ivory White


Some Pictures and Comments


The back of a 1200 showing the through neck



Pictures of a 1000 showing that Brown Stain is a lot nicer than it sounds and one showing the export style headstock



The domestic style headstock


A nice 800 is Persimmon Red.


A Black 700 with all case candy


A page from the 1977 catalogue launching the range.

Headstocks
The headstock style varies see the picture of the 1000 above for details. The domestic ones appear to be styled differently to the export guitars
As with many early Yamahas my watching of Ebay auctions has not revealed many of these for sale there are some in the guitar information and prices section but not many.
Update March 2018
An SC1200 in very good condition with original hard case has just sold on Ebay for £550.

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