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Superflighters

Unread post by Daviedawg » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:05 am

Some others of you may also have seen this pic on Facebook in the Yamaha 80s and 90s page. But I wanted to post it anyway because having played a huge range of guitars in the past year or so from all price ranges, I still rate my SF500 at the top of the list because of its rich round tone, playability, quality of build (still all original), finish looks etc etc. Bruce Taylor SF700.
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SC400 red transparent 1982
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Unread post by Buzzard » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:16 pm

UK based SuperFlighter fanpage: https://yamahasuperflighters.co.uk/ :D

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Unread post by NYGeorge » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:12 pm

Peter
Thanks for the link to the site. He says that there were 3 series of SF's but doesn't really go into detail. Seems the first series 500.700 and 1000 have the name written out on the headstock and the second 3000( which I have) 5000 and 7000 have a floral looking SF on the headstock. Any idea what the third series might be. He says they are mostly forgotten. There is an 800 listed on Ebay as a supposedly limited run but there aren't enough good pictures to really tell what it is.
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Could the third series he refers to be the SFX?

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Unread post by Buzzard » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:01 pm

George, I'm not sure about about the series: first , second , third ....

But there's some models missing: SF-600 , SF-7000 and the Exart: NSF-2000, The SF-800 looks more like a SE model than a SF guitar.

SF-7000 : https://elitevintageguitars.com/categor ... a-sf-7000/

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Unread post by Buzzard » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:26 pm

Exart NSF-2000

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Unread post by balston11 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:20 am

I have discussed the three issues of SFs with Liam who runs the site and of course there are three ranges but he only regards the first series as worthy of the name. His comments below
So there were three generations, 1977-1980, 1980-1982 and 1982-1984. Bluntly, the latter two sucked pretty hard.. I've played a few and they just do not stand up against the original ones. They look weird too! I've only ever been concerned with the original three models (six when you consider they made each one in two colours/finishes) and they are also the only models that actually hold any value. I've seen the top models from later years sell for as little as £250, which is pretty embarrassing.. The most I've ever seen an SF1000 sell for was £1800, which I think says it all! They're not bad guitars, but they are nothing special so they're simply not as desirable unless someone is trying to acquire the entire range across 1977-1984.
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Re: Superflighters

Unread post by Daviedawg » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:29 am

That is very interesting. I was not aware that later models were much different. But it may explain why some people are a bit ambivalent about the SF range. Reputation is everything when real hands on experience is not easy. And we tend to be conservative in our approach.

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SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
Fazer 600cc gold and black 2000 25,000 miles and rising. Sorry 30,000 miles.

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Unread post by NYGeorge » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:55 pm

" Bluntly, the latter two sucked pretty hard.."
No punches pulled here then. :lol:

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Unread post by jeff-carolina » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:40 pm

Good information, as I have seen several for sale lately, of the later generations. I was inspired by to look for one by Daviedawg's prying from my hands review.

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SF-1200 Superflighter

Unread post by Buzzard » Thu May 18, 2017 7:18 pm

It's a bummer to discover something ...... only to find out you're probably the only one not knowing ....... :oops:

This was totally unknown to me, but too cool not to share. :wink:

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Construction: Neck-Through
Scale: 628mm
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Radius: 350mm
Frets: 22
Body: Sen(Castor Aralia)/Basswood/Mahogany 3ply
Neck: Maple/Mahogany 3ply
Bridge: Stop-Tailpiece
Pickups: Alnico V Humbucker x2
Pickup Switch: 3-Position
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, Sensitive Volume, Distortion Volume,
Distortion SW, Coil-Tap SW.

Apparantly the SF-600 and SF-1200 have built in DISTORTION circuit. ((i))

Sound example: http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/4 ... distortion

Most info found at: http://forum.japanaxe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=1853

There's one for sale on reverb: https://reverb.com/item/5288227-yamaha- ... aid=yamaha
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Re: Superflighters

Unread post by jeff-carolina » Fri May 19, 2017 2:10 am

Hello Peter,

I was not aware of that either. I know DD loves his Superflighters and they are a fine looking instrument. What generation of SF guitars have the distortion control? Are the ones pictured the first Generation. I know little about this line of guitars.
I also had seen the one on Reverb, but appears the pickups have been replaced?

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Re: Superflighters

Unread post by Daviedawg » Sat May 20, 2017 10:02 am

There was a second range of SFs in the 80s which were quite different from the 70s issue. I have not seen much written about them but have a recollection that they were not thought of so highly. They did not sell well anyway. Just on a quick look I cannot find anything. If I do I will try to be more informative.

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Yamahas:
SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
Fazer 600cc gold and black 2000 25,000 miles and rising. Sorry 30,000 miles.

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Re: Superflighters

Unread post by jeff-carolina » Sat May 20, 2017 10:52 am

DD,
Thank-You, I will end up getting one of the first issue SF's. I will have to do some homework though as I'm not real familiar with this model.


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Re: Superflighters

Unread post by balston11 » Sat May 20, 2017 11:26 am

Obviously Liam's site is the best start point.
https://yamahasuperflighters.co.uk/
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Re: Superflighters

Unread post by Buzzard » Sat May 20, 2017 4:45 pm

List of known SF / SuperFlighters:

SF-400
SF-500
SF-600
SF-700

SF-800 Electric Guitar LIMITED 180 FROM JAPAN :idea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/YAMAHA-SF800-MO ... 2454799172? :idea:
..... yes, this one looks like the SFX guitars, but no trace of the "X" on the headstock.
Here's a Yamaha SFX-III from the same seller: :idea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/YAMAHA-SFX-Blac ... 2656680225 :idea:

SF-1000
SF-1200
NSF-2000 Exart
SF-3000
SF-5000
SF-7000

:idea: All of them seems to be legit, they can be googled. :idea:

The "attractive 1st. generation models" are: SF-500 , SF-700 and SF-1000 :wink:


Any models missing :?:
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