Whitstable Guitars

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

1971 Yamaha Japan SG-5A "Flying Samurai" & original hard case



Here's a really unusual guitar & pretty rare, particularly in this condition & all original too. The Yamaha SG-5A or, as it's better known "The Flying Samurai" was first introduced in 1966 & was made until 1971. It was later reissued in the 2000's but the later models weren't made in Japan (Taiwan I think)

1971 Yamaha SG-5A "Flying Samurai"

Yamaha SG Series (1965 to 1971 - first era)

Dates of manufacture:

1966 to 1971

The Yamaha SG-5A was introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1971. The SG-5A has a peculiar asymmetrical body with an elongated horn on the treble side and a hockey stick style headstock, the guitar was designed with the input of Japanese Eleki legend Takeshi Terauchi. This 6-string Yamaha electric guitar has 22 frets, Coro tremolo type tailpiece, knobs and tuners. The SG-5A had three single coil pickups, two close together at the bridge and a slanted one at the neck. The SG-5A was reissued in 2000 as the SGV300

General Spec.


3.5 kg

Finish colors blue finish, red finish, two color sunburst, white finish

Made in Japan

Binding neck binding

Number of strings 6 strings

Scale length 24.75 inches scale-length


Number of control knobs 3 control knobs

Pickup selector controls 1 pickup blend control, 3-way selector switch

Tone controls 1 tone control

Volume controls 1 volume control


Pickups configuration 3 single coil pickups


Body shape features long lower horn

Pickguard material white pickguard


Bridge tune-o-matic bridge

Hardware color chrome hardware

Tailpiece Vibrato tailpiece


Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard

Fingerboard position markers dot fingerboard position markers


Number of frets 22 fret

Nut zero fret at the nut

Tuner layout six-in-a-row tuners

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. This case is the original and will be sold with the guitar

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