1981 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 1981 production, type II of 3rd generation model where push-push port not applied, according to the industry specialist. This elegant axe is gracefully aged with some oxidation on tuners and bridge. Trussrod cover and original knobs missed so I had to replace them. You may also notice the fogginess, usually found in vintage Yamaha guitars, also seen here but those cosmetics never compromise unchallengable craftsmanship. What comes along is Yamaha's vintage hardshell case, highly sought after by many of Yamaha vintage seekers. Also as a bonus, a metal pickguard from SG-3000 is a free giveaway!