Variations SG1000

Bill Alston

Variations of the SG1000


In the 1980s various SG1000 models were produceds. The SG1000S is covered on the SG1000 page. The others are the SG1000-24, SG1000N, SG1000NW and the SG1000X. As I often do I will start with some comparative specs and then look at the individual models.

1000-24 1000N 1000NW 1000X
Body Maple Mahogany Maple Mahogany Mahogany with Flame Maple Top Agathis
Neck Set Mahogany Set Mahogany Set Mahogany Set Mahogany
Fretboard Striped Ebony 24 Frets Chevron Markers Striped Ebony 22 Frets Chevron Markers Striped Ebony 22 Frets Chevron Markers Rosewood 22 Frets Chevron Markers
Headstock Bound 3B 3G Large Thistle logo SG1000-24 on TRC Bound 3B 3G Large Thistle logo SG1000N on TRC Bound 3B 3G Large Thistle logo SG1000NW on TRC Bound 3B 3G Large Thistle logo SG1000X on TRC
Pickups 2 semi open Spinex Hbs 2 semi open Spinex Hbs 2 semi open Spinex Hbs 2 semi open Spinex Hbs
Tuners Yamaha Gold Diecast Yamaha Gold Diecast Yamaha Gold Diecast Yamaha Gold Diecast
Controls Amber speedial 2 V 2T inc push push coil tap 3 way Amber speedial 2 V 2T inc push push coil tap 3 way Amber speedial 2 V 2T inc push push coil tap 3 way Black Top Hat 2 V 2T inc push push coil tap 3 way
Hardware Gold Gold Gold Gold
Pickguard None Black Small raised Black Small raised None
Bridge T-O-M with stoptail T-O-M with stoptail T-O-M with stop tail Yamaha Locking type trem unit
Launch Price 110000Y 100000Y 110000Y 100000Y
Weight 4.2kgs 4.2kgs 4.2kgs 4.1kgs
Colours Burgundy Red or Cream White Indigo Blue and Candy Red later a Blueburst Tobacco Sunburst or Cherry Sunburst Black

The SG1000-24

This is a 24 fret version of the SG1000, the scale though remains at 628mms. Otherwise not a hugely different guitar. It has a matching headstock and the back of the neck also matches. Made in June 1983 until 1985.

Some details

SG1000N

Essentially this is an SG1000 with some construction differences and supposedly a thinner neck. It also has Spinex pickups. This was made in September 1983 until 1985

Pictures

This color was added later.

SG1000NW

This is a special edition of the 1000N it has a flame maple top It was made in March 1984 and only 300 were made. Just the two options Cherry Sunburst or Tobacco Sunburst.


SG1000X

I sort of wonder how this guitar came about. Not only is it domestic only, it was only released in one district of Japan the Kento Koshinetsu region. Only 150 were made in black only in 1984. It is radically different from any other SG1000 having a locking trem and a locking nut




Different!

Pickups


This pickup is from a 1000NW and marked as a 3000 I would not be surprised if all 1000 variations listed above and the 1000S had SG3000 pickups

SG1000XU

In a conversation with Jay from Elite Vintage Guitars he mentioned an SG1000XU. I have now found some info on this including from his website which is
Elite Vintage Guitars


This is weird beast with red and white striped body and arrowhead type neck. Specs I can find are:
Specifications
Body Maple and Mahogany
Neck Mahogany Set
Fretboard Rosewood with inverted triangle markers
Headstock Arrowhead shape Red and White Yamaha written on no logo model written on a white truss rod cover
Tuners Gold Yamaha diecast
Pickups 2 Humbuckers 1 white 1 gold possibly Spinex like the other SG1000s
Controls White Top Hat style 2V 2T
Nut Gold Locking
Hardware Gold
Bridge Locking Trem type
Pickguard None
Colours Red and White Stripes only
Years available Limited run in 1984

Some pictures

More Pictures and Info on Elite Vintage Guitars

The SG1000XY

Not much information on this one Sergi sent me some pictures and I did a bit of a search and came up with a TC Gakki sale from 2018 at £1950 and a reference on a Japanese site. It isn't in any catalogue I have seen.
Here's what I know
Specifications
Body Maple and Mahogany with Phoenix motif on front
Neck Mahogany Set
Fretboard Ebony 24 Frets with inverted triangle markers
Headstock Black Single bound Thistle logo model written on truss rod cover
Tuners Gold Yamaha diecast
Pickups 2 Unknown Yamaha Gold Covered Humbuckers possibly Spinex
Controls Amber speedial appears to be 1V and 2T don't know if a coil tap
Nut Gold Locking
Hardware Gold
Bridge Locking Trem type
Pickguard None
Colours Only seen black
Years available 1985 Probably a limited edition

Pictures


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