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Yamaha SG models

Unread post by Jimir68 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:26 pm

Hello everyone and welcome to SG geek.

Over the next couple of weeks I intend to add as much information about the numerous different versions of the SG Produced by Yamaha in the 70's, 80's and 90's. I will also cover the new and updated range of SG's now available from Yamaha.

Covered so far:
SG200
SG300
SG400
SG500
SG500B
SG600
SG700
SG700S
SG800
SG800S
Standard SG800S
SG1000/SG1000L
SBG1000
SG1000-24
SG1000N
SG1000NW
SG1000S
SG1500 (both models)
SG2000/SG2000S/SBG2000
SG3000/SBG3000/SG3000S/SG3000 Professional/Custom.
SG2100/SG2100S/SBG2100

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Yamaha SG200/SBG200(US)

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Yamaha SG200/SBG200(US)

The cheapest and most basic SG my first proper electric guitar was a Peal white SG200 bought from Bairds music in Belfast. In the 80's the SG200 was seriously good value for money compared to some of the poorer quality Fender and Gibson copies available. This model was produced in both Taiwan and Japan.

Specs:
Body. Nato wood (Often referred to as Eastern Mahogany) bevelled front for comfort.
Neck. Set neck, Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot inlays, 24 3/4" scale
Pickups. Two high-output Yamaha open humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls, circuit board mounted
Colours. Pearl White, Black and Brown Sunburst.
Hardware. Chrome
Control Knobs. Black Yamaha style Speed knob
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Yamaha SG300/SBG300 (US)

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Yamaha SG300/SBG300 (US)

Specs:
Body. Mahogany.
Neck. Set neck, Mahogany, Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot inlays, 24 3/4" scale
Pickups. Two powerful Yamaha humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls.
Colours. Burgundy, Black.
Hardware. Chrome
Control Knobs. Black Yamaha style Speed knob
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Yamaha SG400/SBG400 (US)

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Yamaha SG400/SBG400 (US)

Specs:
Body. Mahogany carved maple top
Neck. Set neck, Mahogany, Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot inlays, 24 3/4" scale
Pickups. Two powerful Yamaha humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls.
Colours. Cherry, Brown Sunburst.
Hardware. Gold plated
Control Knobs. Black Yamaha style Speed knob
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Yamaha SG500/SBG500 and SG500B

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Yamaha SG500/SBG500 and SG500B

Just to confuse things Yamaha have produced three different versions of SG500 over the years. The first version of the SG500 was produced between 1976 and 1980 the second appeared in the 80's and the third version in and around 1999.

SG500 76-80
Specs:
Body. Agathis body carved maple top. (Agathis is also known as Kauri, Dammer or commercial grade Mahogany)
Neck. Set neck, Mahogany, Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, mother of pearl split position markers, 24 3/4" scale, 13 3/4" radius.
Pickups. Two exposed Yamaha humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls.
Colours. Cherry, Black.
Hardware. Chrome
Control Knobs. Gold
Black pickguard and black pickup surrounds.
Pickup selector. Upper horn
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SG500/SBG500 1980's
Specs:
Body. Agathis body carved maple top. (Agathis is also known as Kauri, Dammer or commercial grade Mahogany)
Neck. Set neck, Maple, Bound Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot position markers, 24 3/4" scale, 13 3/4" radius.
Pickups. High output, wide range,Yamaha humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls.
Colours. Brown Sunburst, Burgundy.
Hardware. Chrome
Control Knobs. Black knurled barrel.
No pickguard and cream pickup surrounds.
Pickup selector. Lower body in front of volume controls.
Trussrod set in aluminium channel.
Plain Headstock no Motif.


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SG500B 1999
Specs:
Body. Mahogany.
Neck. Bolt on neck. unbound Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot position markers, 24 3/4" scale, 13 3/4" radius.
Pickups. High output Yamaha Humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls.
Colours. Black, Gold, Cherry Red Sunburst.
Hardware. Chrome
Control Knobs. Gold.
No pickguard and black pickup surrounds.
Pickup selector. Lower body in front of volume controls.
Jack socket on bottom of body
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SG600

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SG600 1979-1981

Specs:
Body. Agathis body carved maple top. (Agathis is also known as Kauri, Dammer or commercial grade Mahogany)
Neck. Set neck, Mahogany, Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot position markers, 24 3/4" scale, 13 3/4" radius.
Pickups. Two high output Yamaha humbucking pickups
Controls. Two linear volume and two linear tone controls.
Colours. Tobacco Sunburst Black.
Hardware. Chrome, Tulip style tuners
Control Knobs. Gold
Single ply cream pickguard and cream pickup surrounds.
Pickup selector switch. Upper horn
Unbound Headstock
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SG700 and SG700S

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SG700

Produced between 1976 and 1979 the SG700 was eventually replaced by the SG800.

Specs:
Body. Mahogany body, maple top.
Neck. Mahogany set neck, Rosewood fretboard, split pearl position markers.
Pickups. 2 high output humbucker pickups with coil splits/Bi sound system
Colours. Brown, Cherry Sunburst
Hardware. Chrome, Gotoh style tuners
Pickguard and pickup surrounds, black
Two volume and two tone with push/push switches.
Control knobs gold
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SG700S

The SG700 reappeared again in 1999 this time in the form of the SG700S.

Specs:
Body. Lightweight Mahogany body.
Neck. Set neck, unbound, Mahogany, Rosewood fretboard, block position markers.
Pickups. Alnico V pickups with coil splits/Bi sound system
Colours. Brown Sunburst, CherryRed Sunburst, Black and Translucent Green
Hardware. Gold, plain stopbar
No pickguard
Bridge. Tune-o-matic
Two volume and two tone with push/push switches.
Control knobs gold
Small gold Yamaha motif on headstock

Ray Fenwick, English guitarist and session musician who played with the Ian Gillian Band and Syndicats reviewed the SG700S when it came out, here are some extracts from his review:

"I have used this at a couple of gigs and my instant reaction is "Fantastic".
"As an all round work-horse this guitar fits the bill, either clean or overdriven for Funk, Indie, Jazz, Blues to full tilt Rock this guitar has it all."
"The style and versatility of this instrument combined with it's versatility puts it on my must have list."
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SG800 800S and 800S standard

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SG800
Year of first manufacture, 1979.

Specs:
Body. Nato (Eastern Mahogany), Maple top.
Neck. Set neck,Mahogany bound, Rosewood fretboard, split pearl position markers.
Pickups. "New developed pickups for brighter response", coil splits/Bi sound system
Colours. Oil Stain, Persimmon Red (Possibly Japanese market only.)
Hardware. Chrome, plain stoptail
Cream Pickguard, cream pickup surrounds.
Bridge. Tune-o-matic
Two volume and two tone with push/push switches.
Control knobs gold
Unbound headstock, small Yamaha motif.
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SG800S (Replaced the SG800 in 1981.)

Specs:
Body. Nato (Eastern Mahogany), Maple top.
Neck. Set neck,Mahogany bound, Rosewood fretboard, dot position markers.
Pickups. "New developed pickups for brighter response", coil splits/Bi sound system
Colours. Tobacco burst, Cherry Sunburst, Blue.
Hardware. Chrome, plain stoptail, tulip shaped machineheads/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.
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Specs:Standard 800S
Body. Nato (Eastern Mahogany), Maple top.
Neck. Set neck,Mahogany bound, Rosewood fretboard, dot position markers.
Pickups. "New developed pickups for brighter response", coil splits/Bi sound system
Colours. Mettalic Blue, Metallic Green, Tobacco Sunburst.
Hardware. Chrome, plain stoptail, tulip shaped machineheads/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.
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SG1000/SG1000L/SBG1000/SG1000N/SG1000-24/SG1000NW

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SG1000/SG1000L/SBG1000
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The first SG1000 were produced shortly after the SG2000 appeared on the scene in 1976. This model was very similar to the SG2000 but it had a number of differences that set it apart from the SG2000. The first different was the set neck instead of the SG2000's through neck. The best way to identify a set neck SG is to have a look at the neck to body joint. Set necks have a very obvious step just in front of the strap button. The bridge and tail piece were the same however the SG1000 lacked the brass sustain plate fitted to the SG2000 below the bridge. Now correct me if I'm wrong but the original SG1000 may have been fitted with push/push tone controls which allowed the user to split the coils of the pickups, a feature that wasn't fitted to the SG2000 until it was revamped and renamed the SG2000S. A left hand version of the SG1000, SG1000L, was made available in 1977.
Now this is were things can get a bit confusing. In the US a SBG1000 can have the same spec as a UK SG1000 or it can have the same spec as a SG1000S (see below) it all depends I believe in which year the guitar was made.

Original SG1000/SBG1000 Specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top, construction T-Cross maple structure.
Neck. Laminated maple/mahogany set neck, bound Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Neck markers. Mother of Pearl, split.
Hardware. Gold plated, Harp and Scroll motif on tail piece.
Pickups. Two "Anti Hum high output shielded pickups tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment with tone bypass circuit."
Colours. Black, Cherry Sunburst, Brown (Tobacco) Sunburst (2011 limited edition black and gold finish.)
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, precise torque, 15:1 ratio.






How to identify a set neck, look at the photo below and you can see the step I mentioned above between the neck and the body. (Some of the lower numbered SG's e.g the SG400 may have a set neck but because they have a slimmer body the step isn't apparent.)
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SG1000-24
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Introduced in 1983 the SG1000-24 is basically a SG1000 with two additional frets making it a 24 fret guitar. The 24 also had a different bridge which Yamaha referred to as a low mass/light compact bridge. To facilitate the two extra frets the neck pickup was moved closer to bridge pickup. The longer neck and different neck pickup location meant a normal SG pickguard wouldn't fit so the guitar came without one.

Available colours:
Creamy White
Wine Red

SG1000-24
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SG1000N

Produced between September 1983 and 1985 the N series causes a bit of debate, what does the N stand for?
The general consensus is that it stands for Narrow as in narrow neck or to put it in other words the SG1000N had a thinner faster neck than normal.

SG1000N Specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top.
Neck. Laminated maple/mahogany set neck, bound Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Neck markers. Mother of Pearl, split.
Hardware. Gold plated, Harp and Scroll motif on tail piece.
Pickups. Two anti hum pickups model number SG1024 pickups tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment with tone bypass circuit."
Colours. Indigo blue, Candy Through Red
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, precise torque, 15:1 ratio.
Bridge. Low mass/light compact bridge.

Candy Through Red SG1000N
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SG1000N Low mass/light compact bridge
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(all photos reproduced with the permission of Meestursparkle)


Yamaha SG1000NW
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(Courtesy of TC-Gakki.com)

The SG1000NW has similar specifications to the SG1000N apart from a highly figured maple top and Spinex pickups. It was limited to a run of approximately 105.

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SG1000S/SG1000S/SBG1000

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SG1000S/SG1000SL/SBG1000
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When Yamaha revamped their SG line in the early 1980's they produced alongside their standard SG1000 and new version of this model called the SG1000S. In the US it was referred to as the SBG1000 of which there were two versions. One was the same as the standard SG1000 while the other had the same spec as the SG1000S. As you've probably guessed the SG1000LS is the left hand version of the SG1000S.

Specs.

Body. Slimmer mahogany body with maple top (Body is approximately 7mm thinner than a standard SG1000.)
Neck. One piece mahogany set neck with bound Rosewood fretboard, 24 3/4 scale length, 22 frets and a 13" radius.
Position markers. Mother of Pearl split markers.
Hardware. Gold, Harp and Scroll motif on tail piece.
Pickups. "Two anti hum high output shielded pickups with open bobbins, tri mounted for parallel adjustment."
Colours. Black, Cherry Burst.
Tuning pegs. Gold Schaller type shape.
Controls. Black Yamaha style speed knobs with push/push tone controls allowing you to split the pickups coils.

Below are pictures of the back of the SG1000S and the standard SG1000. The photos allow you to see the difference between the body thickness and the neck joint. First picture is the SG1000S second the SG1000.
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SG1000S Headstock
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SG1000 Headstock
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SG1500 (76-79) SG1500 (81-84)

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SG1500 (76-79) SG1500 (81-84)

This model has been known to cause a bit of confusion. Yamaha produced two different versions of this guitar with significant differences. The first SG1500 was launched in 1976 and discontinued in 1979. Specs wise it sat in between the SG2000 and the SG1000. It had a sustain plate under the bridge just like the SG2000 and a set neck like the SG1000 however the sustain plate was finished in chrome while the Ebony fretboard had dot position markers.
It reappeared in 1981 without the maple top but with a new style laminated through neck. The sustain plate was removed but push/push tone controls were added to allow the pickups to be split and the hardware was plated in gold. It's production life was just as short as it's older namesake and Yamaha discontinued it in 1984.


SG1500 specs 1976-79
Body. Mahogany with maple top, T-cross construction
Neck. Maple, Mahogany laminated Set neck, Ebony Fretboard
Position Markers. Dot
Hardware. Chrome plated
Pickups. High output pickups no coil split
Colours. Black, Cherry Burst
Controls. Black
Sustain plate under bridge
Pickguard

SG1500 specs 1981-84
Body. Mahogany
Neck. Maple, Mahogany laminated through neck, rosewood fretboard
Position Markers. Split Mother of Pearl
Hardware.Gold Plated
Pickups. Twin humbuckers, coil split
Colours. Jade Green, Oil Stain, Persimmon Red
Controls. Gold
No sustain plate
No pickguard



SG1500 76-79
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SG1500 76-79 Set Neck
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SG1500 81-84 Through neck
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SG1500 76-79 Headstock
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SG2000/SG2000S/SBG2000

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SG2000
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The Granddaddy of them all, introduced in July 1976 the SG2000 was the result of a collaboration between Carlos Santana and Yamaha. It remained the Flagship of the SG series until the end of production in 1988. Featuring a mahogany body and maple top, through neck and brass sustain plate it was obvious that this guitar was based upon another popular US made electric however Yamaha had that concept, improved upon it and also created a guitar with an identity of it's own.

Original SG2000 specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top, T-Cross maple structure
Neck. Laminated rock maple and mahogany through neck, Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Position markers. Mother of Pearl split.
Hardware. Gold plated, Harp and Scroll motif on tailpiece, brass sustain block under bridge.
Pickups. "Two anti hum high output shielded pickups, tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment.
Finish. Polyurethane.
Colours. Black, Cherry Sunburst, Brown (Tobacco) Sunburst, Cherry, Brown (Tobacco).
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, kidney shaped knobs, precise torque tuners 15:1 ratio.
(2007 reissue fitted with push/push coil splitting tone pots.)

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Above is a picture of the brass sustain block fitted to the SG2000 models.


SG2000S/SBG2000
In the early 80's Yamaha revamped their SG line. Current models that had been updated received a S after the model number to allow buyers to identify a new model. In the United States Gibson started to object to Yamaha using the SG prefix so this was changed to SBG. Both models shared the same basic specifications as the original SG2000 however Noble push/push tone pots were now fitted to allow the player to split the coils of the pickups.

In 1982 Virgin Books published "The Complete Guitar Guide". It's author David Lawrenson reviewed the new SG2000S this was his conclusion:

"I can quite sympathise with those players who argue that the Yamaha SG2000 is the finest Rock and Roll production guitar currently available. This sample fully deserved that sort of accolade. From all points of view it is a truly superlative instrument and a credit to its makers. In terms of value for money it is very fair and is certainly one of the stars of this book."
Price 1982 UK £620.00

SG2000S
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SG2000S/SBG2000 specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top, T-Cross maple structure
Neck. Laminated rock maple and mahogany through neck, Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Position markers. Mother of Pearl split.
Hardware. Gold plated, Harp and Scroll motif on tailpiece, brass sustain block under bridge.
Pickups. "Two anti hum high output shielded pickups, tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment.
Finish. Polyurethane.
Colours. Black, Cherry Sunburst, Brown (Tobacco) Sunburst, Cherry, Brown (Tobacco), Jade Green.
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, kidney shaped knobs, precise torque tuners 15:1 ratio.
Noble 300K push/push coil splitting tone pots.

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SG2100/SG2100S/SBG2100

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SG2100/SG2100S/SBG2100
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The SG2100 is basically a SG2000 fitted with high output covered Spinex pickups which first appeared on the SG3000. The SG2100 shared the same brass sustain plate as the SG2000 but was fitted with a different type of bridge referred to as a light compact/low mass bridge.

Original SG2100 specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top, T-Cross maple structure
Neck. Laminated rock maple and mahogany through neck, Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Position markers. Mother of Pearl split.
Hardware. Gold plated, Harp and Scroll motif on tailpiece, brass sustain block under bridge, light compact/low mass bridge.
Pickups. "Two high output covered Spinex pickups, tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment.
Finish. Polyurethane.
Colours. Black, Burgundy and Orange Sunburst.
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, kidney shaped knobs, precise torque tuners 15:1 ratio.
Two volume, two tone with push/push coil splitting.

Spinex pickup (in this picture fitted to a SG3000)
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Light compact/low mass bridge (bridge illustrated in this picture is fitted to a SG3000)
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SG2500

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SG2500
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Information on this model suggests that it was only available in Japan. Produced between 1983 and 1985 like the SG2100 it featured Spinex pickups and a light compact/low mass bridge fitted with a brass sustain plate underneath. One source suggests that it had similar specs to the SG3000 but without the Abalone binding.

SG2500 specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top, T-Cross maple structure
Neck. Laminated rock maple and mahogany through neck, Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Position markers. Mother of Pearl split.
Hardware. Gold plated, Harp and Scroll motif on tailpiece, brass sustain block under low mass/light compact bridge.
Pickups. Two high output covered Spinex pickups, tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment.
Finish. Polyurethane.
Colours. Red Sunburst, Wine Red.
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, kidney shaped knobs, precise torque tuners 15:1 ratio.

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SG3000/SBG3000/SG3000S/ SG3000 Custom/SG3000 Professional

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SG3000 models.
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Looking for a SG with plenty of Bling, then look no further than the SG3000. First introduced in around 1982 the SG300 was the top of the SG range.
Featuring the same Mahogany body and carved maple top as the Sg2000 the SG3000 went one stage further with its Mexican Abalone binding around the body, brass pickup surrounds and custom colours. This range saw the introduction of the Spinex pickup and came with a black laminated and also a brass pickguard but lacked the brass sustain plate fitted to the SG2000 range.

SG3000/SBG3000/SG3000S specs:
Body. Mahogany with carved maple top, T-Cross maple structure
Neck. Laminated rock maple and mahogany through neck, Ebony fretboard, 22 frets, 24 3/4 scale length, 13" radius.
Position markers. Abalone split.
Hardware. Gold plated, brass pickup surrounds.
Pickups. "Two high output Spinex pickups, tri mounted to allow for parallel adjustment, (1998 Spinex replaced with AlnicoV pickups.)
Finish. Polyurethane.
Colours. Metallic Black, Wine Red, Cream White and Gold.
Tuning pegs. Gold finish, kidney shaped knobs, precise torque tuners 15:1 ratio.
(SG3000S Low mass/light compact bridge.)

SG Custom/Professional
THe SG3000 Custom/Professional is essentially a SG3000 fitted with the standard bridge found on the SG2000 and other models. Spinex were the standard pickups fitted to this range until 1998 when they were replaced with AlnicoV pickups. The SG3000 was discontinued in 2010.


Some SG3000 Customs/Professionals featured a unusual bridge with locking saddles. The saddle illustrated below on this occasion has been retro fitted to a SG2000 which accounts for the sustain plate not fitted to SG3000 models.


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Below is a pair of SG3000's one with the black pickguard and the other with the brass one. Both pickguards were supplied with the guitar, note that the pickguard is held away from the body with a Gibson style bracket unlike other SG models.
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