1982 Yamaha SG-2000
Power & Sustain fascinates Santana
Up for sale is arguably Yamaha's most popular electric guitar, the very SG-2000 that Santana loved at his live gigs and thus drew worldwide attention. Santana's request over the course of the guitar development was to maximize sustain with creamy and fatter tone and was 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 1982 production, type II of 3rd generation model where push-push port not applied. Speaking of the cosmetics, the original trussrod cover was lost. The level of fogginess, which concerns the Yamaha vintage fans more than the missing plastics, is barely seen, indicating a good maintenance done for 41 years. Lastly, the guitar ships along with a sturdy gigbag.