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SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:42 am

Hi Everyone,

I bought this guitar a couple of weeks ago and it came without a pick guard. I attached one from my SG1000 to get an idea.

So the most important question you can ask a guitarist is........Pick guard or No pick guard? :D

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by Daviedawg » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:07 am

No guard in this case. For me it looks better without. But it depends on how you play. I play my hollow body finger style so have no need.

I just love the look of the 1500. I have only seen them for sale from Japan otherwise I would be looking hard for one. Yours is a beauty. I wonder how you find the pickup switch being beside the F hole? Does it get in the way of your hand? But I can see how much easier it is going to be if it needs maintenance. Mine has the switch at the back a long way from finger reach. I ended up with a Gretsch 5422T because I was able to play one locally.

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:53 am

Hi Davie,

I have pick guards on all of my guitars and am one of those few people that like Les Pauls with a pick guard!

The original guards are brown and I've made inquiries to try and get one.

I have lusted after the SAS1500 for years. In early 2000 I had a loan of a Gibson 336 that the local music shop had sent up for the owner to try.They are mates and I got a loan of it over a weekend and it was just a great guitar. The size was perfect and it sounded fabulous. I couldn't raise the funds to buy it so it went back.
It was searching for info about the 336, many, many years ago, that led me to the SAS1500 . I came to realise that Yamaha had brought out the SAS first and that Gibson had in effect copied the design and construction. I'm sure it wasn't intentional but that was the result.

Like you I had only ever seen pictures and mostly of the brown finish which never seems to look good in pics. It always looked a bit drab but in the flesh it is vibrant.

Anyway I got this off Ebay UK and I'm in love with it. Everything about it is right for me. I have got used to switching pickups and now I don't notice where the switch actually is....I just feel for it. Having said that I play mainly on the bridge pickup about 90% of the time so not much switching.

I can't finger pick I'm afraid so it's a plectrum for me!

If you are ever out for a ride on your bike and end up in Banchory you are welcome to try it.

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Brian

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by Daviedawg » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:32 am

That sounds like a good idea. I'll pm before I do.

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:58 am

Nae problem. I work funny hours so a Pm will make sure I'm around.

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by Buzzard » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:13 pm

No pickguard I.M.O. , the wood on SAS guitars is so beautiful, it would be a pity to cover it up. ((i))

On the other hand, if you think you'll scratch it with the plectrum, maybe the pickgurd is a good idea. :idea:

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:50 pm

Buzzard wrote:No pickguard I.M.O. , the wood on SAS guitars is so beautiful, it would be a pity to cover it up. ((i))

On the other hand, if you think you'll scratch it with the plectrum, maybe the pickgurd is a good idea. :idea:

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Thanks Peter. Yamaha want £162 for a new scratchplate.......I think it will remain without!

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by balston11 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:30 pm

No pickguard for me, the weird thing is that when I originally posted the picture of your guitar on my web site I didn't even notice it didn't have a pickguard.
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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:41 am

balston11 wrote:No pickguard for me, the weird thing is that when I originally posted the picture of your guitar on my web site I didn't even notice it didn't have a pickguard.
I kind of agree! However there are scuffs starting to appear from previous/current playing but I suppose that's just part of the character.

I'm not paying £162 for an original from Yamaha in a brown colour that I don't even like so I'll get my luthier mate to make me one. I'll post him my SG1000 guard that only needs very slight modifications to fit. Black will be the new brown! :)

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by balston11 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:27 am

Just been looking at the catalogues and it seems odd that they make such a beautiful guitar and then put on a brown pickguard which doesn't look very good at all. I am sure black looks better.
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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:49 pm

balston11 wrote:Just been looking at the catalogues and it seems odd that they make such a beautiful guitar and then put on a brown pickguard which doesn't look very good at all. I am sure black looks better.
I really do agree that the brown doesn't look good to me.


You can see from this pic where the SG1000 pickguard doesn't quite fit but I can get one made with the slight alterations to make it fit better.
To me black looks better.

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:06 pm

Just an update about the guitar.

I absolutely love it! I can't believe how good it sounds and the treble on the bridge pickup is so fat and warm without any shrillness whatsoever.
The smaller size makes it a joy to play and I haven't picked up my 335 since i got this guitar.
This is a keeper.

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by balston11 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:33 am

Glad to hear that Brian what did you eventually decide about the pickguard
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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:27 am

balston11 wrote:Glad to hear that Brian what did you eventually decide about the pickguard
I'm going with a black SG2000 pickguard.
It fits near enough to look ok and I can make up a bracket from a Gibson type guitar to fit the body ( the SG2000 sits on the body via a rubber spacer) as the spacer on the SG2000 guard sits over an f-hole.

The original cost £162 and if it was black I might have gone for it but as you know it's brown and to me looks odd! 8O

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Re: SAS1500

Unread post by BrianGT » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:12 pm

Hi Guys,

Just to say that I'm still loving this guitar. I've had it a while now and I am so chuffed with the way it sounds.

It took a while to dial in the pickup heights to be able to get the humbuckers to sound great in all 3 positions but it's there now. I never use the coil taps.

If you get the chance to try one make sure you do! I lusted after one for years and had to wait until one came along at a decent price and I had the funds...they don't always coincide.

I need a Revstar now......

Regards,

Brian

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