I have produced an index page so that it is easier to find any specific model without having to work through several pages some of which are not obviously titled. So here is what model each page covers with links. I will also include some information on SGs generally usually thoughts of people who write to me on the subject. As always if you have anything to say on the subject let me here from you.
|Early SGs 60s Surf SGs Intro and first series||The prototypes (GSX33B, SG and SG1)SG201 SG 301 SG2 SG3 SG5 SG7|
|Early SGs 60s Surf SGs 60s Surf SGs Second Range||SG2A SG5A SG7A SG7AS|
|Early SGs 60s Surf SGs Third Range||SG2C SG3C|
|Early SGs 60s Surf SGs 12 Strings||SG12 SG12A SG12AS|
|Early SGs 1972 Range||SG20 SG40 SG40S SG45 SG60 SG60T SG65 SG80 SG85|
|Early SGs 1973 1974 Guitars||SG30 SG35 SG50 SG70 SG30A SG35A SG90 SG175 The Buddha|
|Early SGs SG500 SG700 SG1000 SG1500 SG2000||SG500 SG700 SG1000 SG1500 SG2000|
|SG600 SG800 and 800S||SG600 SG800 SG800S|
|SG 80s Onwards Variations on the SG1000||SG1000-24 SG1000N SG1000NW SG1000X SG1000XU SG1000XY|
|SG 80s Onwards The SG 1300 range||SG1300 SG1300T SG1300TS SG1300-24|
|SG 80s Onwards SG2500 SG1600 SG510 SG400 SG300||SG2500 SG1600 SG510 SG400 SG300|
|SG 80s Onwards The SG710T||SG710T|
|SG 80s Onwards The SG3000||SG3000|
|SG 80s Onwards SG Models 1984 1985 High end||SG1966 SG2100S SG1200S|
|SG 80s Onwards Rest of the 84 85 Models||SG200 SG450 SG450T SG500T|
|SGs 1990 to date SG25 25th Anniv models||SG25S SG25T|
|SGs 1990 to date SG1996 30th Anniversary Model||SG1996 30th Anniversary Model|
|SGs 1990 to date SG175B another 30th Anniversary Model||SG175B Buddha Reissue|
|SGs 1990 to date SG700S SG500B||SG700S SG500B|
|SGs 1990 to date SG2004||SG2004|
|SGs 1990 to date SG3000 2000 and 1000 1994 reissues||The 1994 reissues of the SG3000 SG2000 and SG1000|
|SGs 1990 to date The 1800 range the Current offering||SG1802 SG1820 SG1820A|
Thoughts and a story from Julian
A correspondent Julian Hankinson has considerable experience and knowledge of Yamaha SGs here is a bit of his story on SGs Julian has also written to me about several other guitars some more info on other pages.
Julian's SG story
My first 'proper' guitar, first one I paid for, bought brand new, my 'first love'. 1984 Yamaha SG1000S in cherry sunburst. This should have been black, however... In April '84, I walked in to Dawsons Music in Stockport. I wanted a Yamaha SG1000S. None of the local stores, in Manchester, and you never saw them in the magazine ads at the time, stocked Yamaha guitars. Dawsons did Yamaha pianos, keyboards, drums and acoustics back then. I said, "You're a Yamaha dealer, right?" They said yes. "Okay, I want to order a Yamaha SG1000S in black." The manager spluttered a little, then when he saw I was serious, he rang the distributor. They said there weren't any in the country, but if I wanted one, they'd get one. Long story short, after six months of mithering them about when is my guitar arriving, they rang me to say, Keeble (or Kimble... the Yamaha distributor at the time) had just taken delivery of three Yamaha SG1000Ss, they're all cherry sunburst, but if I want one, it'll be ready to collect at the weekend. As you'd expect, it's standard Les Paul construction - three-piece maple top, multiple piece mahogany body set, mahogany neck, rosewood board. Single ply binding all round. Belly cut on the back. Gold plated hardware. The bridge is screwed directly in to the maple - no sleeves or brass gimmicks. Pickups are open coil, A5 magnet humbuckers. Tuners are (presumably) Japanese replicas of Schallers. The guitar is 100% original, barring the strings. It is as it left the shop. It must be said, the fit and finish of the guitar is exceptional, but the quality of the plating on the hardware is diabolical. Gold wears off, but blistering is a result of bad nickel plating. The body thickness is significantly less than is typical for Yamaha SGs. Now, I still have the Yamaha guitars catalogue from 1984, which I got before ordering the 1000S. I also have an '82 SG2000S in deep green which I bought used a couple of years later. Also 100% original. Same pickups as the 1000S, but with 'semi' covers. Through neck, ebony board, multiple ply binding, brass gimmick plate under the bridge... Interestingly, the pickups on both guitars measure out at 7.15k/7.50k bridge/neck... yes, you read that right. The pickups read exactly the same, AND they both have the 'hotter' pickup at the neck. The reason they had the reputation for being extremely loud is that the magnets are charged to about three times what is typical for a PAF derived pickup. Also, the plating on this guitar is exceptional. Now, that 'S'... I remember back then; it was said to indicate models that had coil tapped pickups fitted. I read an article a couple of years ago about the collection of a Scottish Yamaha collector, and he stated that the 'S' indicated "slim neck". I can assure you, that is a load of twaddle. My 1000S has a slim neck, but my 2000S neck is identical to my Les Paul R9. Okay, the controversial bit. The 1000S is the better guitar. There, I said it. It has significantly longer sustain than the 2000S and the pickups just sound better without the mufflers, sorry, covers. The frustrating thing is, the 2000 neck fits me better. My theory... the 1000S was designed as a Les Paul alternative, whereas Yamaha made the mistake of listening to Carlos Santana when they designed the 2000. The through neck and brass "sustain plate" make zero positive difference. He had his pickups replaced with Gibson PAFs - that should have told them something.
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