Yamaha Guitars (and all other things Yamaha)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by northernguitarguy, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. djspecialist

    djspecialist Junior Member

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    Does anyone know where I could get a pair of brass pickup rings to fit a Yamaha SG2000?

    I'd be replacing the Yamaha pickups, so two-screw mounting rings would be fine.

    So far, I found two options, but neither is quite right:

    1. Frets On The Net
    http://www.fretsonthenet.com/Pick…/pickup%20rings%20page.htm
    This place sells rings in pretty much any material including unplated brass, and can make them to custom dimensions. They only do flat-bottomed rings however, and since they would be solid metal, they wouldn't bend to sit flush on the slightly curved top of the SG.

    2. WD Music
    http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/high-metal-mount-ring-gold-arch-50…
    http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/low-metal-mount-ring-gold-arch-511…
    These look like the right dimensions (and they are in the UK, which is good for me), but they only sell plated rings. Since the rest of the hardware has aged, I'm don't think a new gold-plated ring would look quite right, hence the reason I'm looking for unplated brass.

    Does anyone know of other sources? Woderwick - I saw that you bought some new rings for your SG3000 - from where did you get those?

    And before someone tells me that replacing stock parts on these guitars is a sacreligious act ... don't worry, I plan to keep all the originals in case I ever decide to sell mine (however unlikely that may be!)
     
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  2. YoshiJimbo

    YoshiJimbo Senior Member

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    I have a Yamaha fg 403s, which I purchased at GC about 8 years ago after hearing the first two Days of the New CDs.

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  3. dealmaker

    dealmaker Premium Member

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    I am looking for a mint/perfect Sg3000/SBG3000 GOLDTOP - if anyone has one or knows of any for sale?

    Thanks :thumb:
     
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  4. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Have you seen the newer 1802 model?

    Yamaha SG1802-GT Electric Guitar Gold Top
     
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  5. markbastable

    markbastable Strange kind of blues-coloured moon Premium Member

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    Recently on eBay... 1968 S2. I've never seen a white one before...


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  6. Thundergod

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    They make some nice boats too...
     
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  7. StormJH1

    StormJH1 Senior Member

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    Definitely guilty of bumping an old thread here, but it's 17 pages and exactly on point, so why start a new one?

    Yesterday, I bought a Yamaha THR10 - this is their little lunchbox modeling amp that came out of nowhere and is pretty universally acclaimed. It's definitely awesome, but what I really wanted to talk about are the Yamaha guitars, and Pacifica in particular. In all the demo videos for the THR10, I noticed players (usually European ones) playing some pretty sweet-looking Pacificas, many of which have a P-90 in the neck and a humbucker in the bridge. Then I looked online and came across this:

    Yamaha Pacifica Line Coming to U.S.

    So, I've definitely seen the 012-212 models in Guitar Center and other places, but these are usually entry-level Strat-like guitars in H-S-S configuration. They're frequently referenced as being "very good for the price", but that's the extent of what we have here.

    After talking to some people, the higher-end Pacifica models had not been sold in the U.S. My Guitar Center rep told me that they tried for years but could never get much sales outside of the cheaper models. I suspect that xenophobia had something to do with it too, as some people just wont touch a Japanese guitar sharing the name of a motorcycle once the prices get north of $200 or $300. Which is too bad, because everything I've seen from them has been total quality.

    Here's the 611 lineup, which I believe has Duncans. They make a 311 that has their own pickups in the same configuration, though I have no clue what they would cost. Anyone across the pond ever try out these 311's or 611's? How did you feel about them?

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    Not even sure if I'd be able to try one out, though I know a few stores that are Yamaha dealers and currently stock the cheaper models.
     
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  8. Left Paw

    Left Paw Senior Member

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    My first acoustic was a Yamaha FG-750S that I had for more than 10 years.
     
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  9. Insanegoldfish

    Insanegoldfish Senior Member

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    One of my first guitars was a 1988 Yamaha RGX1220A. Paid $200 for it and, fortunately, still have it. Needs some work to bring it back to mint, but after not playing it for 3yrs, it was still in tune :)
     
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  10. S_G_D

    S_G_D Senior Member

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    I played a couple in a local store here in Canada. They feel very good to me. Identical to my older pac612. Never plugged it in though. This store had a couple of them and neither stayed on the rack for too long. The problem is that you will pay 6-700 for it, but its resale will probably be 1/2 that.
    The setup and action was quite good. Fit and finish looked excellent as usual from Yamaha. I'd put these up against any Mexican strategy. The nice thing is the finish on the neck is quite thin. Keep in mind the but on these guitars is quite narrow and some people may not like that.

    HTH
     
  11. dlmorley

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    I am thinking of picking up an AE1200S. Always fancied a Yamaha jazz guitar. Seemingly is a solid spruce top model. Blonde. Looks nice.
    Any AE1200S owners here?

    The one I will check out looks exactly like this
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  12. StormJH1

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    Thanks! Agree with your assessment, at least from some of the similar bodied Yamaha guitars I've played. They are a little lighter and narrower, but less so compared to a Strat versus a Les Paul. I don't mind so long as it has good enough acoustic resonance and doesn't feel "cheap"

    So, the 311 and 611 were just announced for U.S. release, and I don't know what the price points will be. But those models have been available in Europe for some time, so I went to Anderton's UK website.

    Yamaha Pacifica 311H Electric Guitar in Vintage White | Andertons

    Yamaha Pacifica 611H Electric Guitar in Flat Black | Andertons

    If you do a straight pound to U.S. dollar conversion, that's about $360 for the 311 and $750 for the 611, for whatever that's worth. But this is has always been Yamaha's problem in the U.S. - they can sell Strat copy for under $200 when the competition has "Squier" on the headstock, and they're GREAT budget guitars. But once you get to $350+, you can actually start thinking about buying an Epiphone Les Paul, a PRS SE (maybe), or Fender Mexican Strat. It's tough to imagine large numbers of consumer opting for a "Yamaha" when those are the other options, unless you really have an open mind.

    But I'm interested in the 311, the primary difference between the 611 seeming to be that the latter has Seymour Duncan pickups. But the 311's pickups are still Alnico magnets and reviews reference their "warmth". The 311 also has a TUSQ nut and Grover tuners, which is nice for a $350-ish guitar.
     
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  13. Matt_Krush

    Matt_Krush Senior Member

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    Yeah, played a Pacifica...1421 I believe 20+ years ago....24 fret, Dimarzio HSH config, Floyd Rose...
    One of the finest guitars I ever laid hands on...even to this day...
    But back then I couldn't afford the $1500.
     
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  14. MikeyTheCat

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    Still using my Yamaha amp from way back around 1980. Never a problem with it.
     
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  15. Left Paw

    Left Paw Senior Member

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    My first acoustic in 1979 was a brand new Yamaha FG-750S with solid spruce top. I played that guitar for over a decade. Wish I still had it.
     
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  16. Darwin

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    Does anyone here have the Yamaha guitar model suffix breakdown? What is the difference between the RGX620(A)(D)(Z)? I can't find anyone that knows for sure.
     
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  18. brokentoeswalker

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    BrokenToesWalker
    Thanks!
     
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  20. markbastable

    markbastable Strange kind of blues-coloured moon Premium Member

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    I've probably posted this pic before....


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    It's a 1967 SG-7. It was bought to replace a similar one in red, with chrome hardware, that was stolen in the late-eighties. The red one was my first ever electric guitar, bought in a pawnshop on a whim in about 1977, using my university grant, much to my mother's distress.

    It looked like this one....

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    Thing is, I've never developed the same affection for the sunburst that I had for the red one. Understandably, I think, in the circumstances.

    So, I'd like to trade, if anyone has a red one and would prefer a sunburst.

    A long shot, I know, but it's worth putting out there.
     
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