Dating my yamaha guitar

The finetune bridge had metal saddles, and the stop tail was engraved with a harp-and-scroll design. Five finishes were available initially – cherry sunburst, brown (tobacco) sunburst, cherry, brown (tobacco) and black. In ’76, Yamaha produced a limited edition SG-2000 Devadip model with a fancy engraved pearl inlay on the belly of an antique Japanese woman in native dress holding a flower, obviously inspired by Santana’s custom SG-175. through ’84, after which it was transformed in to the SBG-2100.The Gibson Influence In ’79 or so Gibson began to object to Yamaha’s use of the SG prefix. (probably Canada and perhaps elsewhere outside of Japan) it became the SG-2000S. It appears Yamaha also modified the 2000’s specs, probably to further differentiate it from Gibson models. The SG-2000 was produced in Japan until regular production was stopped in ’88.The first 175s had the older square-humped headstock. The ebony fingerboard was inlaid with abalone split wing or pyramid inlays. It was, in fact, an SG-175 that first caught the eye of Carlos Santana, who began playing one around this time.He had custom pickups without the covers, and a fancy pearl inlay design covering the belly of the guitar.The SG-2000 employed the basic look of the SG-175, combined with both subtle refinements and some bolder new ideas.

Most sources cite 1976 as the debut date of this model, however, as usual, there’s more to the story.

In ’75, the headstock changed to having the double-dip or “W” cutout we associate with the SGs.

There were at least one custom-made SG-175 with a brown sunburst finish and large pearl block inlays.

You’ll find some hopefully useful links below, too, to other sites about Pacificas and setups etc.

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