The Yamaha SC Second series

Bill Alston

The SC second series



An extract from the 1981 catalogue launching the range in Japan


The second series of the SC was launched in December 1980 and appeared as above in the 1981 Japanese catalogue, they ceased late 1982 or early 1983. I have not seen any of these in the western catalogues so they are probably for the domestic market. I fail to see why these are called SCs they bear no resemblance to the previous series and don't have the multiple pickup combinations.
They are an SG style shape with three single coils. There is an unusual feature to the controls which I have only seen in Yamahas. That is that there is a push switch which in one position has all the windings of the pickups but in the other reduces the windings used by a third.



 
This is the top of the range 7000 in brown burst the only model in this second series to have the through neck.
Despite the rather strange Strat SG combination I think this is a great looking guitar.


The range comprises of the 3000, 5000 and the 7000 all are 25.5" scale and 13.75" radius with Yamaha SG Style headstock and offset body. The 7000 and the 5000 have gold hardware and the 3000 chrome hardware. br />
Specifications

7000 5000 3000
Price in Yen in 1981 120,000 80,000 60,000
Body Alder, Maple and Mahogany Alder Alder
Neck Maple and Mahogany Through Body Maple Set Neck Maple set neck
Fretboard Ebony 21 frets Rosewood 21 frets Rosewood 21 Frets
Tuners 3 a side Yamaha Branded 3 a side Yamaha Branded 3 a side Yamaha Branded
Controls Black 1 volume 1 Tone with push for tap 5 way switch usual strat combinations Black 1 volume 1 Tone with push for tap 5 way switch usual strat combinations Black 1 volume 1 Tone with push for tap 5 way switch usual strat combinations
Bridge Vintage Trem Vintage Trem Vintage Trem
Pickups 3 black Alnico 5s uncovered 3 black Alnico 5s uncovered 3 black Alnicos uncovered
Nut 42mms 42mms 42mms
Weight 3.6kgs 3.5kgs 3.5kgs
Colours Brown Burst or Natural Blonde (yellow) Brown Burst or Natural Blonde (yellow) Brown Burst or Natural Blonde (yellow)

Some Pictures
First a couple of 3000s in Brown Burst and Natural
 
 

The 5000



And More of that beautiful 7000

 

I can't comment on prices as these almost never come up for sale, in 4 years of watching Ebay auctions I haven't seen any of them.
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