This series is another Samurai range aside from early SGs there are also the third series of SCs and the SGV range please refer to the relevant sections of my website for these. They only lasted approximately 12 months and were discontinued sometime in 1983. I don't have any catalogues showing them other than the scan below. So any corrections or additions much appreciated.
As can be seen above there were three models the 300 being considerably cheaper than the other
two mainly due to the differing woods used see specs later. The 300 appears in the archives whereas the
others do not. They are likely to have only appeared in the 1983 Japanese catalogue, which I have no source for
so some of the information on the 600 and 700ex is from unverified sources mainly Ebay sales and the like, but
I have only posted what I am fairly sure is correct.
|Fretboard||Rosewood 22 Frets 648mm scale||Rosewood 22 Frets 648mm scale||Rosewood 22 Frets 648mm scale|
|Controls||1 volume 1 tone 5 way switch||1 volume 1 tone 5 way switch||1 volume 1 tone push push coil tap|
|Pickups||3 Single coils||3 Single coils||1 Humbucker|
|Tuners||Yamaha Gotoh Style||Yamaha Gotoh Style||Yamaha Gotoh Style|
|Colours||Yellow, Blue, Candy Tone Red, Black or Ivory||Blue, Candy Tone Red or Black Metallic||Candy Tone Red or Black|
All models are made in Japan you can see that the 300 is available in more colours than shown in the catalogue,
the extra colour is from the archives and as the other two models aren't in the archives it's
possible they were made in other colours also
Update October 2022
James Rychak has written to me with the following good information I quote his words from his email. Thanks James
I just figured I'd chime in on something you may not be aware of. I have owned a red Japanese-made SC300T and also currently an SS600. Playability and quality felt about the same, but the SS 300 and 600 models had pickups that were probably quite similar to the SC3000/5000/7000 guitars. They are overwound and physically oversized - easy to spot due to the third mounting screw. They have a coil tap that sheds about a third of the windings. If I remember correctly, they are around 8k and then 5k tapped. It's very odd to me that the SS had the SC combinator type features, but the "SC Samurai" guitars did not. It doesn't seem that they even advertised this feature on the SS line either! The 600 also had a clear poly over the maple neck as opposed to being paint-matched over Nato. Felt a bit more premium to me because of that.
I also took a gut-shot for you showing the pickups and how they're tapped. I believe all three are the same. The neck may be a little lower in DCR. The switch is not original. When I got the guitar, unbeknownst to me, the switch was broken and was physically wired (like bailing wire around the shaft) internally to keep it from moving - stuck in the 5.5k position too. I actually had purchased a hotter bridge single coil to swap in the guitar. Imagine my surprise when I opened it up, saw the pickups and the broken switch and realized that it had exactly what I wanted all along. They sound great in both positions. Cleans sound like a vintage strat in the 5.5k position. The 8.5k will really push a tube amp's front end, and can do the humbucker thing with the tone rolled off.