1988 Yamaha Japan SG-2000 Black & new hard case
Yamaha Japan do make an excellent guitar & this is one of their best. The SG range actually began in the 1960's & Yamaha produced an SG-7 the "SG" stands for "Solid Guitar" in 1975, they approached produced an ornate guitar for Carlos Santana, the SG-175. Apparently Carlos liked it but still wanted some changes like a heavier body & thicker frets to improve the sustain. Yamaha went back & in 1977, the result was the SG-2000 that we all know & love today. This particular example is dated as 1988 from the serial number & is one of 100 guitars imported in 1993. There is a photo of the Certificate of Authenticity in the gallery
This guitar has a solid Mahogany body and the SG-2000 has a carved, mildly figured three-piece maple top, with the grain of the center section set perpendicular to the sides. Instead of a set neck, it features a three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany laminated neck-through design conducive to greater sustain. The body wings consisted of a “sandwich” of laminated mahogany and maple. In order to enhance sustain, the SG-2000 had a brass block under the bridge
Yamaha SG-2000's of this era were fitted with Spinex Pickups both of which have push/push coil splitting.
The finish is a lovely gloss black & the guitar has gold Yamaha tuners & hardwear. It really is a beautifully made guitar.
As stated, the fretboard is Ebony with beautiful block inlays
The overall condition is excellent for a 34 year old guitar although there are a few small knocks and dents around the edges as shown in the photographs. I haven't repaired anything on this guitar. You will notice a couple of tiny headstock chips on the gallery photos. There is also a broken catch on the Yamaha hard case. When the guitar came in there were some slight indents on the frets. I decided to have a full fret dress & professional set up carried out by Kent based luthier, Andy Crockett. This has now been done & there are close ups of the frets in the gallery photos.
The guitar plays beautifully as you would expect. Straight neck, low action and great pickups.
1988 Yamaha Japan SG-2000 Specifications
Body Material: Solid Mahogany with Maple carved top. Black Gloss finish
Neck material: three-piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
22 medium frets with block inlays
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at 1st fret 42.5mm
Width at 12th fret 52.5mm
Weight: 4699 grammes (10lb 6oz)
Enclosed tuners (Yamaha)
Tune-o-matic bridge & stop bar tailpiece (Yamaha)
Black 3 ply pickguard
Yamaha Spinex humbucker (N)
Yamaha Spinex humbucker (B)
3 way switch
2 x Volume & 2 x Tone Controls
Original Yamaha fitted hard case