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  •  SOLD  1981 Yamaha SA-1200S
    Crossover player for Jazz & Fusion
On sale is a rare vintage of Yamaha semi hollow SA-1200S, where S in its model name stands for solid top, also applied for SA-2000S. The major difference between SA-1200S and SA-2000S is nickel vs gold-colored chrome hardware, and maple vs beech on side/back timber. Some of Japanese forums compare SA-1200S fitting best in fusion against SA-2000S suited for jazz, but solid spruce top of SA-1200S is equally appealing the jazz guitar seekers.

Bi-sound feature, also known as push-push tone selector, is the prestige feature on Yamaha's higher end guitars and SA-1200S joins the same league. Versatile single coil vividly contrasts fat and cheesy humbucker. Whichever is selected though, solid spruce top, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard resonates with excellent response and feedback.

Condition-wise, have I not seen metal parts oxidation and tiny little lacquer wear on the rear headstock top I would’ve given A+ mark. I also don’t see the fogginess on the lacquer which appears quite often on Yamaha vintages. With a hardshell case coming along, I guarantee the guitar will be loved by the new owner as much as I did.