1980 Yamaha SG-2000
Power & Sustain fascinates Santana
SG-2000 must be the best known solid body among all the Yamaha electric guitars. Thanks to Santana at his live, SG-2000 drew worldwide attention. Santana's request during the course of the guitar development was how to maximize sustain with creamy and fatter tone. The ideas were actualized by featuring sturdy mahogany body, converting the hardware to brass, and supplementing a 'Sustain Plate', the brass plate sitting underneath the tailpiece. Also incorporated were the strips of mahogany flanking the neck (called the 'T-Cross System'). With superb sustain in place and block of wood through the body and neck, Santana churned out his all-time best songs, including Moonflower, She's Not There, Europa (live versions) with this guitar, just to name a few.
SG-2000 showcased here is a 1980 production, type II of 3rd generation model where push-push port not applied, according to the industry specialist. The black colored bodies were mostly exported overseas, leaving only 89 guitars on sale domestically. Brilliant history bit aside, this elegant axe holds some scratches and lacquer wear on rear body. Natural aging and oxidation, especially fogginess which is often found across Yamaha guitars were unavoidable. So if you are ok with those minor defects, good news is all parts genuine including hard shell case and functioning excellent. Bottom line, Yamaha SG-2000 does set itself apart from the ordinary vintage solid body guitars. Serious players, collectors, what makes you hesitate to bid?