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SG History

Unread post by Jimir68 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:05 pm

The origin of the SG as we know it can be traced back to the SG35 and the SG30 which both appeared on the scene in late 1973.
These guitars were the pioneers of the classic Yamaha SG shape however their slab bodies featured bolt on necks instead of the through and set necks we associate with the Yamaha SG range.
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Both the SG35 and SG30 featured Humbucker pickups and stop tail pieces with adjustable bridges similar to what you would find on a Gibson Les Paul. The SG35 had a Nato wood body and parallelogram fingerboard/fretboard inlays while the SG 30 had a Katsura wood body and much simpler dot position markers.


In 1974 the SG30A and the SG35A appeared, both these models differed from their previous namesakes by having Maple bodies. Also at the same time Yamaha produced the SG50 and the SG70. The SG50 was in essence a SG30 with a set neck while the SG70 was a SG50 with a Mahogany body.
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In 1974 more new models were introduced, the SG90 and SG175 it's from these models that the legendary SG2000 would appear. Both models had mahogany bodies with carved Maple tops, set necks and a new style pickguard that would be continued in later models. The SG90 was the simpler design with plain binding, chrome hardware. dot position markers and an unbound neck. The SG175 on the other hand was trimmed with Abalone it also had Abalone positions markers, gold hardware and an Ebony fretboard/fingerboard.

Early SG175's had the older square-humped headstock which was replaced in 1975 with the double-dip or "W" cutout at the top of the headstock. (See Below)
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Then along came a certain Carlos Santana. In 1975 Yamaha contacted Carlos and a suggested that he try one of their SG175's guitars. Pictures from that time period show him playing a SG175B with a Budda inlay however Carlos wasn't entirely satisfied. In his opinion the body was too light, the guitar lacked sustain and the frets were too thin, so Yamaha and Carlos began working together to produce an improved SG175.
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The result of this collaboration was a guitar which to this day most people consider to be the definitive Yamaha SG, the SG2000. Yojirou Takabayashi were the people at Yamaha behind its development. In July 1976 they introduced the world to the SG2000 and not far behind came the SG1500, SG1000, SG700 and the SG500.

Changes came in the 80's some models received the S prefix after their model number to indicate that the model had been updated. In the US Gibson objected to Yamaha's use of the SG prefix so this was changed to SBG. Other new models were also introduced examples being, SG2100, SG3000, SG2500, SG1600, SG510 and SG200 however by 1988 after Yamaha introduced the RGX series of guitars the SG line came to an end.

Yamaha's Custom Shop continued to produce SG's in limited numbers and a variety of configurations have been made available sporadically ever since. In 1999 some new SG's appeared on the scene the SG700S and the SG500B and in 2007 a limited run of 75 examples of the SG2000 and SG1000 were made available in the UK.

In February 2010 Yamaha announced the end of production of the SG3000, SG2000 and SG1000 and introduced their latest versions the SG1820 and SG1802.

The current production line up of the SG1820s and SG1802s currently available feature some interesting variations on the SG theme. The SG1802 comes with P90 pickups, the SG1820 has Seymour Duncan pickups while the SG1820A has active EMG pickups, the jack socket has also been moved to the bottom of the guitar.
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Re: SG History

Unread post by Saul » Thu May 04, 2017 10:01 pm

Makes for interesting reading there Chris. I didn't know anything about the earliest SG's. I think I may have had a Les Paul copy back then but I was only 12 so what did I know? In hindsight an SG30 would have been a better choice.
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Re: SG History

Unread post by Jimir68 » Thu May 04, 2017 10:43 pm

Thanks Saul
SG30 now that's an interesting guitar ever seen on in the flesh?

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Re: SG History

Unread post by Saul » Fri May 05, 2017 10:03 am

No, never saw the SG30. Now wouldn't that be a nice guitar to have in the collection? :) As far as I can tell they tend to go for between £350 and £550 when they come up for sale. That's another one to keep an eye out for then :)
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Re: SG History

Unread post by Jimir68 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:58 pm

Jay from Elite Vintage Guitars has a SG30 for sale plus a substantive collection of other SG's for sale.

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Unread post by Saul » Wed May 10, 2017 8:39 pm

Jimir68 wrote:Jay from Elite Vintage Guitars has a SG30 for sale plus a substantive collection of other SG's for sale.
Ahh for the want of some spare cash! Not a bad price either at £575.00

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Yamaha SG Adverts

Unread post by Jimir68 » Fri May 12, 2017 11:01 am

Here are some old Yamaha SG Adverts.
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Re: SG History

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:53 pm

Hi Chris.

Some 70's SG guitars owned by George: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=8379
Yamaholic, Guitars, Amps and Bikes. :idea: My Guitars: http://www.yamahamusicians.com/forum/vi ... =24&t=7004 :idea:

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