A couple of oldies

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A couple of oldies

Unread postby NYGeorge » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:44 pm

As you all have probably gathered I own a bunch of Yamahas. I got this one an SG7 out the other day for the first time almost since I acquired it. I had forgotten what a sweet player it is. It is truly one of those guitars that almost plays itself. I think I have to vote it the best player in my collection.

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This one is also a great player. I bought it as an SA 50 but in reality it is an SA5 and it has the lowest serial number I can recall 789 !! Which brings up the question of how they numbered guitars back then. Were they numbered by type as in a series for SA one for SGs etc. Or were numbers sequentially assigned randomly regardless of type? Anyway here is Sweet Cherry Red.
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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby NYGeorge » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:45 pm

Sorry don't know what happened top the pics they were there in the preview. Grrrrr!
Well the links should work but still can't get the photos to show on the post. :x

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby Saul » Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:29 pm

Hi George

If you add the photos from your computer as attachments they will always show in the posts.

You can do this by either editing an existing post or starting a new one but allways use the full editor not 'quick reply' otherwise you won't see the option to add an attachment. See screen shot below:

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby NYGeorge » Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:57 pm

Thanks Saul I fixed it. Now I just have to remember the next time. Old brain no worky all time!!!

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby NYGeorge » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:24 pm

While we're on the subject here are a couple more. An SA30 much like the 50 but different tremolo,larger pickups and different fingerboard material. And a pair of SA 15s. The burst is a 15D with the checked binding and edge markers.
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The SA15s are notorious for having rotted pick guards. I made new ones for both of theses. I made the the burst one first ( a little rhyme there). I took the old guard and put light grease on the raised Yamaha emblem then carefully stamped the back of the new guard. Then painted from the back with white paint removed the grease and voila. Couldn't get the same result on the black one so just gave up. Still looks better than with the old rotted one.

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby Saul » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:03 pm

Love those SA15's there George. Why exactly do the pickguards rot, are they wood? seems a bit shortsighted of Yamaha if that is the case? and plastic wouldn't rot unless it had been treated with something that degrades over time.

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby NYGeorge » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:39 am

Hey Saul
Pick guards were plastic. Based on what I have seen it may be down to incompatible materials. The pick guard was supported by blocks of foam or spongy like material under where the screws went through. Seems to be where the worst of it is.

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby jeff-carolina » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:46 pm

George,
Beautiful collection!!! I love those hollow bodied Yamaha's. You truly have a collection anyone would love to own and play.


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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby Buzzard » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:58 pm

George .... you've really picked some rare and beautiful ones. :D ((i)) 8) :wink:

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby hypercarrots » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:31 am

I saw an SA5 on eBay with a serial number of 411

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby balston11 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:59 pm

How much were they asking for the SA5?
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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby hypercarrots » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:56 pm

It was listed as an SA50 but you can tell by the low sn, headstock logo, horn and back bindings and pickups that it is an SA5

I cannot confirm that the sn was 411 as it's not visible in photos but it is listed in the description. this is one of those japan listings by multiple sellers at different prices. they all have the same pics so i'm not sure what the deal is. i've copied and pasted all the listings below.

this is the only listing which states the serial number
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japan-Vintage-Y ... 2396507720

Ended: Jan 01, 2017 , 8:58PM
Price: US $1,751.53
Shipping: $135.00 Standard Shipping
Item location:Nagoya city, default, Japan
Seller:
yasuhikshimiz_0
60s Rare SA-50 that insistence is jammed of YAMAHA arrived.
It is sold as series Semiako models, light very lightly with a structure that does not have a center block, making it easy to handle the guitar.
The main specifications are adopted PU balancer to 1Vol / 1Tone to medium scale 22F.
Further, probably because of the howling prevention, F-hole has a structure that is closed from the inside, is a sound close to Semiako.
It can accommodate a variety of genres so independently developed humbucker PU with good balance.
Currently, truss rod has become a deadline, but fret is still about 60%, the neck of the state is good.
Overall, scratches and paint coming off shortage likely to arm and pick guard of some things also comes with, I would say a good condition.
Weight: 3.4kg
Serial number: 411
Accessories: non-genuine soft case


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-1968-SA- ... 1983338595

Ended: Dec 26, 2016 , 8:22PM
Price: US $1,569.90
Shipping: FREE Standard Shipping from outside US
Item location:Kasuga, Japan
Seller:
onassy2012*
Condition: USED
Brand: Yamaha
Model: SA-50
Color: 3TS
Type: Electric Guitar
Scale: Medium scale
The number of fret: 22F
Weight: 3.4kg
Accessories: Non-genuine soft case
Commodity rank: B rather, there is a scratch and a feeling of use, but no problem in applications that normally use
Currently, truss rod has become a deadline, but fret is still about 60%, the neck of the state is good.
Overall, scratches and paint coming off shortage likely to arm and pick guard of some things also comes with, I would say a good condition.
- Condition details
* present condition condition items for sale of unregulated and unused cleaning.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/YAMAHA-1968-SA- ... 2583550827

Ended: Dec 26, 2016 , 3:52PM
Price: US $1,462.50
Shipping: FREE Standard Shipping from outside US
Item location:Kyoto, Japan
Seller:
realdeal*japan
Truss rod has become a deadline, but fret is still about 60%, the neck of the state is good.
Accessories: Soft case

this seller's description pics linked to this gallery and these are the only photos from any of the listings to have exif data. this means these are the original photos.
http://open.inkfrog.com/images/enlarge/ ... pg&s=36642
http://www.ebay.com/itm/YAMAHA-1968-SA- ... 2620200946

Ended: Dec 24, 2016 , 12:11AM
Price: US $1,440.00
Shipping: FREE Expedited Shipping from outside US
Item location:Tokyo, Japan
Seller:
skillful_sailor_japan
Type : Electric Guitar
Condition : Used
- About item -
.
- Flet remain -
60%
About %
- Neck -
GOOD.
- Rod -
closing.
-Accessories-
Soft Case.
- Defective -
Please see picture.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/YAMAHA-1968-SA- ... 2093318903

Ended: Dec 17, 2016 , 11:24AM
Price: US $1,550.00
Shipping: FREE Standard Shipping from outside US
Item location:Tokyo, Japan
Seller:
jpdash*
Truss rod: Deadline
Fret: 60%
Neck: Good
Scratch and peel off the paint is in the overall.
No problem in playing
Weight: 3.4kg
Accessories: non-genuine soft case

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby hypercarrots » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:13 am

There's a nice sa5 being sold as an sa50 on gear page right now

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index ... p.1784677/

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Re: A couple of oldies

Unread postby balston11 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:38 pm

Re earlier serial number query I understand that the early SAs were just sequential numbers throughout the range regardless of which model.
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