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Vintage vibe, heavy sonics, and complete tonal flexibility.
Constructed entirely of tone-rich maple, the Yamaha SA503 TVL Troy Van Leeuwen Signature Electric Guitar is a semi-hollowbody with a set maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard, and three soapbar-style single-coil pickups with a custom all-access switching system. The pickups are wired up to dual 3-way selectors that make any pickup combination possible, including reversed-phase humbucking options. A chrome pedestal bridge and a licensed Bigsby vibrato tailpiece add to the vintage feel and versatile performance. This is a guitar designed to walk the fine line between modern performance and vintage style and sound.
Modern guitarist Troy van Leeuwen has navigated his way through a variety of bands and left his indelible mark in each of them. From session work with Depeche Mode, Korn, and Limp Bizkit to his role in A Perfect Circle, Troy has done it all. With his current spot in Queens of the Stone Age, Troy is helping reinvent the band and realize Josh Homme's twisted musical vision. His guitar of choice? His own Yamaha signature model—the SA503 TVL.
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I have had this for several months now and it is actually the most versatile, convenient and unique guitar I have ever heard, let alone heard of.I had no issues out of the box, and think the tonal qualities are so varied per pickup selection, the only thing that would supersede it is a model with a humbucker. It fits all the modern tones, the retro tunes, and the out-of-my-own-mind whacky-ness that I love. I couldn't be happier.
Like most reviewers this guitar came with some pretty bad fretwork and bowed neck. After filing down the rough edges and correcting the neck, I found this guitar to sound amazing.Each pick up has it's own volume control, which is quite handy and in my experience unique. I've owned twenty-five different guitars in my years playing and collecting; I sold an ESP Explorer on eBay for this guitar and I don't regret it in the least.In short, I love this guitar. If you're interested in owning an instrument where you can control your sound immediately without having to refer to your amp; this is a great buy.
I don't care who you are, this is the guitar you've been looking for your whole life! The tones are ballsy and articulate. It cuts very musically with high gain and is beautifully chimey and sweet on the cleans. The pickup options are vast and versatile and I challenge you to find a bad tone with this thing. It plays great, looks killer, and it's the best kept secret in modern guitar production in my humble opinion.
Saw an advert for this guitar and was intrigued with the pickup configuration and the Bigsby tremolo unit so I decided to roll the dice and order one. I admit that I was initially very disappointed when it arrived, I own a number of Yamaha guitars, many are much less expensive than this guitar and arrived at my door step set up and fret dressed beautifully right out of the box. This guitar had the worst fret dress of any new guitar I have ever purchased, it failed the time honored test of taking a Kleenex and dragging it along the fret ends; it tore it to pieces. (This is probably the reason it was returned by the first buyer) I was so peeved that I called Yamaha and complained (something I thought I would never find myself doing) I was told that set ups are luck of the draw and I could send it back if I was unhappy. I was however, smitten with the rest of the features of the guitar and ended up taking it to my local luthier and having the frets dressed and polished and set up. I am now very happy with it! It looks like most guitar companies are reducing their costs by eliminating their set up time at the factory. It is now a very nice guitar that gets great sounds out of multiple amps. Just don?t expect a great set up out of the box, those days are gone.
I love the vintage look and modern updates to this 335 style guitar. I'm not a big fan of signature guitars or even yamaha but tonal ranges and the chunkyness of the neck make it too tempting.