In late 1976 Yamaha launched the new range of SGs this is really the start of a range which encompassed a huge number of The 600 and 800 were launched in Dec 1979 and lasted until 1981. In 1982 there was a limited edition SG800S. all are 628mms scale 43mm nut 2 volume 2 control, TOM and stoptail bridge and a 3 way switch. The 500 and 800 specs are:
|Body||Maple and Agathis Bound||Nato and Maple Bound|
|Neck||Mahogany Set||Mahogany Set|
|Fretboard||Rosewood Dot Markers 22 frets||Rosewood Chevron Markers 22 frets|
|Tuners||Yamaha Sealed Diecast||Yamaha Sealed Diecast|
|Headstock||Unbound Yamaha small thistle logo model on TRC||Unbound Yamaha small thistle logo model on TRC|
|Pickup||Humbucking G-II x 2 uncovered with white surrounds||Humbucking G-II x 2 uncovered with white surrounds|
|Controls||Amber speed dial 2V 2T 3 way no coil split||Amber speed dial 2V 2T 3 way push push coil split on tone controls|
|Pickguard||Small off white raised||Small off white raised|
|Colours||Black or Tobacco Sunburst||Oilstain or Persimmon Red*|
*These are the published colours but Elite Vintage Guitars show a Walnut one and a Cream coloured one.
In this case the S seems to stand for Standard at least that is what it says on the headstock. It is a special edition
released in 1982 in 6 colours. I have no idea how many were made, but they were only made that year.
Body Maple Mahogany
Neck Mahogany Set neck back of neck matches body colour
Fretboard Rosewood 22 frets dot markers
Headstock Bound 3 black 3 gold lines Large Thistle logo says Standard and the Model on the TRC
Tuners Yamaha sealed diecast
Pickups 2 open white HBs off white surrounds
Controls 2V 2T with push push coil tap and 3 way switch
Bridge T-O-M and stoptail
Pickguard Small white raised
Colours Red Sunburst, Tobacco Sunburst, Metallic Red, Metallic Blue a Yellow and a Metallic Green.