Whitstable Guitars

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

1983 Yamaha Japan SA-700 Super-Axe & used hard case



Beautifully made guitar from Yamaha Japan

Yamaha SA-700s were built in Japan between 1979-1983. The "Super Axe" range consisted of SA-700, SA-1000, SA-2000 although I have seen SA-1800 too & SA-2200 are currently made. There were also SA-1100's but these were made later on in Taiwan. An ES-335 clone they have long been sought after by both Blues & Jazz players as they are highly regarded & they don't come up too often. The SA-700 also had different pickups to the other SA guitars which were thought to suit Jazz & Blues better. 

Here's some info from the net:

1978-1983 Yamaha SA-700

A wishing item for every Jazz/Blues player

Centre block throughout the body sustains the attack and produces warm and beefy sound. 

For those who are curious about the specs across Yamaha Semi hollow bodies, here's a quick comparison among the representative models SA-700, SA-1000, SA-2000 and SA-2500:

SA-700: Rosewood fretboard, A-III pickups

SA-1000: Ebony fretboard, A-II pickups

SA-2000: Ebony fretboard, A-I pickups, gold tuners, push-pull tone knobs

SA-2500: Ebony fretboard, Spinex pickups, gold tuners, push-push tone knobs

SA-700 has 2 x A-III (Alnico-III) magnets pickups. A-III Magnetic field strength is lower than A-II and A-I, thus it generates lower output with very soft attack and warm vintage tone. It also implies string pull from the pickup is lower as well, hence there are more string vibrations enough for more sustain in highs and lows, while limiting mid-range tones. Overall, A-III offers soft but richer and slightly bolder sound.

This particular instrument is in really good condition for its age but did have some dents when it came in. I have filled/smoothed/polished the worst of these which were at the back of the neck as I hate feeling that when I play. They are smooth now but if you check out the photos you can see where they were.  There is also some "misting" of the lacquer on the guitar which is very common on Japanese Yamahas from the 1970s & 80s

There are no indents on the frets & they have bags of life left. In all honesty, I really don't think that the guitar has been used that much. It's all original & the only part I have replaced is the pickguard. I couldn't get a Yamaha one but this generic one is a reasonable fit

Here's some spec I found online:

Yamaha SA-700 Specs:

Body: Beech + Birch with solid Mahogany centre block

Neck: Mahogany

Fretboard:  Rosewood

Color:   Persimmon Red

Pickup:  Humbucking A-III x 2

Weight:   4.1kg (9.04lbs)

Scale length: 24.75"

Width at nut: 44mm

Hardware: Chrome, Plain stoptail,

tulip shaped machine heads/tuners

Bridge: Tune-o-matic

Two volume and two tone controls.

Control knobs: gold

Plain Black headstock, normal Yamaha motif.

Pickup selector upper horn.

Used fitted ES-335 style case

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £30 discount) and I can usually find you an old gig bag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

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