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The SA500 maintains the tradition of the classic Yamaha SA2200 while adding its own unique spin with Yamaha's signature tailpieces and original "F" h...Click To Read More About This Product

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The SA500 maintains the tradition of the classic Yamaha SA2200 while adding its own unique spin with Yamaha's signature tailpieces and original "F" hole design. A very affordable semi-hollow archtop with a maple body, set mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard, the SA500 sports 2 open-coil humbuckers, each with their own volume and tone controls. A 3-position toggle provides tone variety.

Archtop guitars are boundless in time and tradition. There's just something about the classic look and that electric-acoustic sound that has appealed to all genres of musicians from country and rock to rockabilly and jazz. Yamaha crafts some of the finest archtops in the world ” our artists have known this secret for years.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Set Neck
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4" = 628mm
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Radius: 13-3/4" = 350mm
  • Frets: 22
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge
  • Pickups: 2 Yamaha Humbuckers
  • Pickup Switch: 3-Position
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5.0

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5.0

Buy it and upgrade it!

By JimmyEagle

from NYC, NY

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I've had this guitar for 2 weeks now and the more I play it, the more I like it. Looking for a guitar that would give me a decent warm jazz tone but also some flexibility, I tried pretty much every semi-hollow guitar in $250-$1000 price range . I must say, this guitar one really stand out. Quality is excellent for a guitar in this price range. The factory setup was almost flawless. The tuning keys are probably the only weak point. The stock Pickups are not bad, but I replaced them with Seymour Duncan's SH-2 Jazz and SH-4, along with Schaller mini-locking keys. Now I've got an extremely versatile $1000 guitar for half the price! Highly recommended over similar Epiphone and Ibanez models.

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5.0

An instant dream come true

By Allen Keymaster

from Toronto, Ontario, canada

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I was at my local shop looking at Michael Kelly guitars (a huge disappointment, btw..tried 3...all were amongst the most poorly setup guitars I've ever played)..anyhow, some guy inquires about a demo SA500 that the shop has kicking around...I bide my time...and pounce! The neck on this thing is BIG!...I never knew it was exactly what I was looking for...SOOOO comfortable...action needed a slight lifting, but otherwise, setup was excellent. P'UPS (alnicos, I think) are amazing...I play it through a '98 Fender DeVille 212 or a POD 2.0 and it sounds FANTASTIC...available tones are seemingly limitless and all sound awesome...my real only quip (albeit purely esthetic) is that the finish on the inner edges of the "F"-type holes is a bit shoddy (touched up well and quick enough with a black Sharpie)...really, though, I paid $350 Canadian, including a pretty solid Ritter case...I plan on buying another.If you're in the market for an inexpensive hollowbody/335 type...THIS IS THE ONE! YOU WON'T DO BETTER! i tried....Cost isn't everything...I have other "better" guitars...this one is my new main axe.

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5.0

It's pretty sweet

By Brandon-CJjHR

from New York

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I bought this guitar about a year ago when I was looking for a good hollow body guitar. I was going to initially buy a GNL custom hollow body for about 800 bucks, and then say the SA-500. I picked it up, and fell in love. When I found that the price tag was so low, I just had to buy it and it has been a truely great guitar. Humbuckers are good for jazz, and with distortion are killer. It plays Rock and roll better then my Gibson Les Paul Standard! Buy this guitar if you want a very versatile, high quality, and good looking guitar

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