Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

1980 Yamaha Japan SA-1200S Brown Sunburst & New Hard Case



The Yamaha "Super Axe" range have been around since the late 1970's and this earlier SA-1200S was only made in small numbers from 1979 to 1983 making this quite a rare guitar from Yamaha

The SA-1200S is a copy of a 335 but with push/push tone pots which split the coils giving a great single coil sound. The guitar  has chrome hardwear, an Ebony fretboard, dot inlays on the fretboard and a solid Spruce top. The sides of the guitar are Alder & the back is Beech. The body and neck are both bound. The finish is Polyester

This guitar is all original but it is not pristine & it does have some chips and marks as shown so please examine all the gallery photos. There are also a couple of lacquer cracks on the top of the guitar. This is all cosmetic and doesn't affect the playability which is superb as you would expect & I personally prefer the aged look to a shiny new one. Condition is consistent with a 40+ year old guitar.

These guitars really do play well & I love the Yamaha pickups. This guitar can handle anything from Rock to Blues & Jazz. 

Overall, I would describe the condition as very good. The neck is straight and the frets have some wear but still plenty of life & no indents. 

Yamaha SA-1200S Specifications

Body:  Solid Spruce top, Alder Sides & a Beech back & Spruce centre block Gloss finish 

Neck Mahogany C shaped white binding gloss finish

Fretboard Ebony 

13.75" radius 

22 Medium Jumbo Frets 

24.75" scale

Headstock: Black with "YAMAHA" in block capitals and "Super Axe" in script. SA-1200S on truss rod cover

Tuners: Yamaha Diecast

Pickups 2 Alnico 2 Humbuckers

Controls: Gold 2 volume 2 tone 

With push push coil splitting 3 way toggle switch white tip

Nut Synthetic Bone 43mms

Hardware Chrome

Bridge Tune-O-Matic stoptail

Pickguard Standard Black with white edging

Colour Brown Sunburst 

New Generic Hard Case

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  This particular guitar is supplied with the original Yamaha hard case 

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping