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Yamaha SBG1000 DOUBLE CUTAWAY Electric Guitar
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Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the celebrated SG1000, Yamaha US has released the SBG1000 guitar, individually handcrafted by the highly skille...Click To Read More About This Product
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Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the celebrated SG1000, Yamaha US has released the SBG1000 guitar, individually handcrafted by the highly skilled master luthiers of the Yamaha Music Craft workshop in Hamamatsu, Japan. The one new feature that has been added to the SBG series is Yamahas Initial Response Acceleration that is a Yamaha technique that accelerates the maturing process of the guitar creating tonal sweet spots and increased stability, which allows the guitar to rapidly develop its unique personality as if it has been played for years.
Construction: Set Neck
Body: Carved Maple Top, Mahogany (with Initial
Response Acceleration treatment)
Scale Length: 24 3/4" = 628mm
Radius: 13-3/4" = 350mm
Bridge: Yamaha Tune-O-Matic Bridge
Tuners: Gotoh Gold Die-Cast Tuners
Pickups: 2X Yamaha Alnico Humbuckers
Pickup Switch: 3-Position
Controls: Front/Rear Volume, Front/Rear Tone
(Coil Split Switch on Tone Pot)
Colors: Brown Sunburst, Red Sunburst and Black
Warranty: Yamaha Limited Lifetime
Reviewed by 8 customers
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I don't own one, and I haven't played one but I have heard several of these guitars. Each one sounds AMAZING. Kind of like a les paul without all of the "warmth", which is just another word for muddiness. The pickups are just fine, I wouldn't replace them, they have a cool vibe, good with light distortion. The clean sound is also very versatile. the coil tapping is yet another cool tone option. If you want a les paul, save a couple hundred bucks and get this. It is easier to reach the higher frets because of the double cutaway, in my opinion it looks nicer, and besides, EVERYBODY has a les paul nowadays, why not break the mold? I love the sound of this guitar and I plan to own one before I die. Yamaha is a very good company, they take pride in their work. I also play drums and yamaha drums are the best in the industry. They are versatile, well-built, have a great sound without having to mess with the settings and have sustain for years, and they probably build their guitars like their drums (in a good way). Get this guitar, if I had 3 grand to get a les paul I would buy this guitar and spend the extra grand on a tube combo or something. BTW It does metal!!
Mine is a 2006 SG 2000, very versatile, neck thru body and stock pickups.The tone is excellent, very easy to play, low action and the finish and crafmanship is excellent.The push-push option to split the humbuckers in single coil mode is a good plus. The tone really depends on the amp you use, il can sound totally different. The stock pickups are very good, not sure about different aftermarket pickup as I never heard/tried a modified SG.It is a keeper, reliable and beautiful.A pleasure everytime I play it. I play mostly blues rock, sometimes with the amp at the edge of break-up to get a nice bluesy tone or some other time with a fuzz face or a muff. The sustain is present and the warmth of the tone is very nice.
I bought a 1980's SBG2000 in a pawn shop around 1994 while shopping for a 357 magnum revolver. That is the neck-through-the-body version of the SBG1000. Mine plays as great as my 1970 Gibson LP Custom and has a little more comfortably shaped body. Its craftsmanship is superb, noticeably superior to that of my Gibson. (Don't get me wrong - I never intend to part ways with either guitar!) The only reason I don't give my Yamaha 5 stars overall is that my pickups sound a little thin and weak in single coil mode, but as humbuckers they sound great, very PAF-like. For a better single coil sound, I might try putting a DiMarzio Dual Sound in the bridge someday, or maybe a Rockfield SWC. Anyway, if you're shopping for a new Gibson LP, I would recommend this SBG1000 - more bang for your buck, with craftsmanship on par with Gibson's Custom Shop.
I bought a brand new SG1000 two years ago, and i must say i've never had a better guitar. I have several Gibsons and Fenders, but compared to them this guitar is MUCH better when it comes to build quality and sound. It weighs more than a Les Paul Custom, but if you can't handle the weight, you are no rocker! :-) The push-push knobs turns this guitar from a rock-beast to a twang-beast. Nice singlecoil-tones as well. I can't find any finish flaws etc. and it stays in tune all the time(something a Les Paul doesn't always do). At this price it's easy to fall for a Gibson or a Fender, but i dare people to compare the quality of those guitars with this one(or other Japanese guitars). By the way i just bought a brand new Gibson RD Standard, also a great guitar but not comparable...)If you wonder why i bought a Gibson guitar after reading my review, it's just because the RD Standard looks cool. :-)Anyhoo! I recommend the Yamaha SG1000 to all of you that are looking for a allround guitar with top notch quality! You won't regret it, i promise you that.
I remember going with my father looking for a guitar and he pick one up at a local guitar store 25 years ago.I glad I keep it in great conditions.When I saw 40th anniv.I almost drop my jaw that I have an original.
I got mine in Japan. I was in a working rock band using an Ibanez RG550 and I needed a good backup guitar. One of the local jazz musicians sold me his sparkle blue SG1000 for $300!! kaching! It's an SG not an SBG although I'm sure the SBG's probably rule too. Anyway I've had Gibsons and Fenders and all the others and nothing has been as versatile as this Yamaha. I have made recordings where it sounds like a Tele and others where it sounds like a 335 or Les Paul. I would prefer a standard shred machine like a Strat or RG for heavy shredding but this guitar does everything else. I will never sell it! Too bad this new model is so expensive or I'd buy it. But if you don't have one you should give this a try-especially if you are looking at LP style guitars.
I've had the sbg-2000 for 15 years or so. Picked it up in a pawn shop as a starting guitarist and had no idea what I had. Beautiful guitar, the coil taps give you a lot of tone flexibility. Neck-through-body construction gives a really amazing sustain you just have to hear. Blows away the Les Pauls I've played. Has something of a cult following - I took it to Ukraine for some gigs and all the serious guitarists just went wild. Not the best shredding axe around, it's ridiculously heavy and not the fastest neck, but a really versatile guitar for a wide variety of music.
The Yamaha SG series is the finest solid body guitar I've ever played. I've been a huge fan for years. I Used to own Les Pauls and the like then I played the SG (or SBG)?there was no going back. Amazing quality and craftsmanship; the perfect neck (for me?it's subjective) and a versatility in range of sounds that is sadly lacking in "comparable" models. Go from deep thick humbucking sounds to twangy single coils with a push/push splitter.?great if you have sweaty gig hands. The SBG 1000 is lighter than it's more expensive stablemate (SBG200) as it doesn't have the neck through and brass block if I'm correct. Go play one, you'll be amazed.