Whitstable Guitars

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

1980 Yamaha Japan SG-1000 Cherry Sunburst & new HSC


This guitar has now been sold


The Yamaha SG-1000 first appeared on the market in 1979 & has been a popular choice for many years for many a guitarist. With it's Mahogany body & carved Maple top, set-in Mahogany neck & Ebony fretboard it can handle loads of different styles but has been a particular favourite with rock players. Early examples are getting harder to find, particularly those that are all original & in good condition. When I saw this particular guitar for sale in Japan I was immediately very tempted. This guitar has had a bridge replacement but this was with a genuine Yamaha part otherwise it's all original. It does have some battle scars around the edges & some bucklerash but all of this is consistent with a 40 year old guitar & I have photographed all the scrapes & chips & they are in the gallery.

These guitars really do play well & I love the Yamaha pickups. Both have coil split facility via a push/push tone pot & you can get an amazing range of really good sounds. Everything from screaming rock solos to some lovely rhythm sounds when just using the single coils

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

Yamaha SG-1000 Specifications

The SG-1000 is the standard model that cemented the high regard for the SG series, Yamaha’s signature electronic guitars.

While deluxe models SG-3000 and SG-2000 use a neck-through structure to achieve a rich sustain, the SG-1000 features a set-in neck with a bright and punchy sound for those guitarists seeking a traditional rock sound.

• Construction: Set Neck

• Scale Length: 24 2/4 " (628mm)

• Fingerboard: Ebony

• Radius: 13 3/4 " (350mm)

• Frets: 22

• Body: Carved Maple Top, Mahogany Back

• Mahogany

• Neck: Mahogany (Set-in Neck)

• Bridge: T-O-M Bridge

• Pickups: Yamaha Alnico Humbucking x 2

• Pickup Switch: 3-Position Toggle

• Controls: Front/rear Volume, Front/Rear Tone with Push-Push Switch on Tone Pot

New Thomann fitted hard 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 gigbag 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

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