Whitstable Guitars

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

1979-81 Yamaha Japan SG-800S Tobacco burst & new hard case



Beautifully made guitar from Yamaha Japan

Yamaha SG-800s were built in Japan between 1979-1981. They are really the little brother of the SG-1000, 2000 & 3000 models. You don't see so many in the UK & the SG-1000 is definitely the more popular one but it carries a hefty price tag now fetching £1000-£1300! The only differences are that the SG-1000 has an Ebony fretboard & block markers. The SG-800 has a Rosewood fretboard & dot markers. That's it.

This particular instrument is in very good condition for its age but does have some bumps and bruises and some bucklerash on the back but I think it adds to the vintage looks of this great instrument.  There is also some "misting" of the lacquer on the back of the neck. it's purely cosmetic, no dents etc. It feels nice and smooth.  One thing I will point out is that it was missing its pickguard when it came in. No chance of purchasing a replacement but I was lucky enough to get a template from a customer's guitar & I've had an exact replica made by Kent luthier Andy Crockett. I have showed photos of the guitar with and without the pickguard as I can understand some people not liking it, hence why they are often missing but I've tried to put the guitar back to exactly how it should be. If you want to remove it, no problem, I can even fill and smooth the hole for you if you prefer. Just let me know

As I have said, the guitar has been well cared for and is a joy to play. It's one of those "I can't put it down" guitars! Powerful twin humbuckers from Yamaha which both have coil splitting. These are operated by Yamaha's push/push switches. So much better than fiddling with the usual push/pull ones in my opinion.  The neck is great and the frets have no indents and plenty of life left. The guitar is made from solid Mahogany so, as expected at 3.8kg, it's no lightweight but it's well balanced and just feels great.

Please also check out the awesome demo video at the foot of the page. Recorded by session guitarist & friend Rob Burrows, it gives a quick taster of how this guitar can sound
Rob can be contacted via his website for online personal tuition at all levels

Here's some spec I found online:

Yamaha SG-800S Specs:

Body: Nato (Eastern Mahogany), Maple top.

Neck: Set neck,Mahogany bound, Rosewood fretboard, dot position markers.

Scale length: 24.75"

Width at nut: 44mm

Pickups: "New developed pickups for brighter response", coil splits/Bi sound system

Colours: Tobacco burst, Cherry Sunburst, Blue.

Hardware: Chrome, Plain stoptail, tulip shaped machine heads/tuners

Cream Pickguard, Cream pickup surrounds.

Bridge: Tune-o-matic

Two volume and two tone with push/push switches.

Control knobs: gold

Bound headstock, normal Yamaha motif.

Pickup selector upper horn.

New fitted LP style case from Thomann

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