Bill Alston


The Second series

This is an extract from the 1981 Japanese catalogue launching these guitars.

These appear in the 1981 Japanese catalogues, as previously mentioned I can't find these in any western catalogues. I have never seen a second generation model for sale in the UK all this leads me to believe that these were domestic models only. You will also see from the specs below that the numbers bear no relation to the price, which is unusual. Much has been said about the change of shape compared to the first series, now being almost strat like, see pictures.
A comparison of the specs
All models are 22 Medium Jumbo Frets,Tune O Matic style Bridge, 628mm (24.75") Scale 350mm (13.75") neck radius As can be seen below these are not as heavy as the first series.

3000 5000 7000
Body Alder Alder Maple and Mahogany
Neck Maple set neck Maple set neck Maple and Mahogany through neck
Fretboard Rosewood dot markers Rosewood dot markers Ebony split pearl markers
Pickups 1 Yamaha F-III Humbucker 2 Yamaha F-IV Humbuckers 2 Yamaha F-V Humbuckers
Controls Speed dial type 1 volume 1 tone with coil split Speed dial type 1 volume 1 tone with coil split 3 way switch Speed dial type 2 volume 2 tone with coil split 3 way switch
Hardware Chrome Plate Chrome Plate Gold Plate
Colours Brown Sunburst or Red Sunburst Oilstain or Red Sunburst Antique Stain or Red Sunburst
Catalogue Price 1981 60000 yen 80000 yen 120000 yen
Weight 3.3kgs 3.2kgs 3.6kgs

The 3000

The 5000

The 7000

Some Pictures

This is an Ivory White SF500

Details of the 700

A 1000 particularly note the number on the pickup the 53 indicates the 53rd year of the reign of Hirohito this makes the guitar 1978. You can date many Yamahas and some other Japanese guitars this way.

There is a lot of detail and evaluation of these guitars on Liam's site again see links.
Next on to the third series.
Third Series

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