Wednesday, 4 December 2013

1984 Yamaha SG 1000 XU red & white striped and locking trem equipped
The Yamaha SG1000 features the most familiar guitar body shape to have been produced by that company. The SG1000 was designed as a rockier sibling to the SG2000, a guitar built with sustain uppermost in mind and as used by Carlos Santana. These guitars used the tried and trusted Les Paul recipe of a set neck on a mahogany body with a carved maple top, but aficionados will claim they are Les Paul killers.

However, the Yamaha SG1000 XU shown here is a variation on a theme. Note that it dates to 1984 - that is probably very relevant given that it was the era of hair metal and that whole phase of rock music getting widdlier and widdlier. The SG100XU is fitted with a locking tremolo and locking nut - they look to be proprietary units - note that there is a spring cavity on the rear of the guitar, a la Strat, and the trem block is clearly visible.

The other main design departure here is the minimised almost Brian May-like headstock, which to my eyes looks a little out of place on this guitar. Of course the most in-your-face striking feature about the guitar is the red and white striped graphic finish. Note the triangular inlays on the fingerboard which echo the chevron shapes on the body, and also the alternate colours of the pickup bobbins.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,995.

G L Wilson

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  1. Anonymous12:03 am

    I agree with you about the headstock, it looks like they just stuck one from a Burns Flyte on there! However I love the paintjob, there's just something about it that makes it so cool. I've actually got a completely stripped wreck of a Yamaha SG from the same year which I somehow managed to pick up at a car boot sale for £18, maybe I'll give it the same colour scheme.

  2. This guitar is a signature model of Tsuyoshi Ujiki of rock musicians in Japan.


  4. Yeah, that's the Ujiki "Jick" Tsuyoshi model.



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