Dating yamaha flattop guitars
Although, make no mistake, we have acoustic and electro acoustic guitars for players at every level from beginners to touring professionals and stock some of the most sought after brands in the world including Fender, Martin, Taylor, Yamaha, Faith and many more, all available to buy online or from our guitar shop near Poole, Dorset.Over the last couple years we have really made a name for ourselves and built a reputation for selling acoustic guitars, this is partly because of our temperature-controlled and purposely spec'd acoustic guitar demo room where you can find many of the finest acoustic guitars available today.Of all the excellent – and generally unheralded – guitars built by Yamaha over the years, none has achieved quite the legendary status as the Yamaha SG-2000 (SBG-2000), based primarily because of its association early on with Carlos Santana.Most sources cite 1976 as the debut date of this model, however, as usual, there’s more to the story.Yet the success of Yamaha guitars is influenced more by their reputation for high quality and the outstanding value their instruments offer for the money than by the usual forms of guitar hero worship that drive many guitar sales.
The SG-90 was fairly plain, with simple top binding, no binding on the fingerboard, dot inlays, and chrome hardware.
The SG-35 had parallelogram inlays, the SG-30 had dots. The SG-70 was very similar to the SG-50, but had a mahogany body.
The ’74 SG-90 and SG-175 marked the debut of guitars that clearly can be identified as Yamaha SGs.
The First Steps The Yamaha SG actually had its roots in two new solids that debuted in late 1973 – the Natoh mahogany SG-35 and Katsura-wood SG-30.
These were bolt-neck guitars with slab bodies in the Yamaha SG shape, reminiscent of a Gibson SG, with small pickguards and twin humbuckers with black plastic covers. The SG-30A was essentially the same as the SG-30, but with a maple body. The SG-50 was similar to the SG-30, but with a glued-in neck with dot inlays and a large, laminated pickguard that went from the upper horn down to the lower bout.