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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / Yamaha SA 1000L finally 'home'!!!

reverend mikey
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Feb 4th, 2014 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It got here yesterday, as I mentioned in the Misc. Forum under the "Customs" post.

I got to play it some more last night - what is it about a 30 year old guitar - even a budget one - that's so cool? It still has some serious mojo, and this thing doesn't feel budget in any way.

Some of you will recall I tried out one of the new D-Angelico semi-hollows a few months ago. Beautiful instrument, but ... it just didn't have ... "IT." I think it was mostly the pickups, and I wasn't interested in spending another $350 to swap out all the electronics on a $1,300 Korean guitar. The pickups just sounded harsh on the high end, and it couldn't be dialed out.

The stock pickups in this Yamaha sound great - and I played it side by side for the evening with my $2K Larrivee RS-4 and my Epiphone Elitist Les Paul (which I've kept stock for 10 years because it sounds so good). Each guitar has it's own personality, for obvious reasons (body style, scale length, woods, etc.), but they all sound rich, for lack of a better word.

Thanks for bearing with my obsessing over this in transit - but it's definitely one of the better purchase decisions I've made!

More pics in profile

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 04:26 PM, Feb 4th, 2014)

LeftRightOut
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Feb 4th, 2014 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like you've found a keeper congrats Mikey.

BTW: Do I get a finders fee ;)







reverend mikey
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Feb 4th, 2014 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I could send you some picks, strings or a capo? (Don't want to get too carried away, shipping to Australia's like shipping to Japan, where my daughter lives.)

But hey - thank you so much - I appreciate you pointing me toward this one - it's one of the best lefty finds I've made. I would run across guitars like this in the past (like a lefty Ibanez lawsuit one time at Southpaw Guitars) and it would be gone before I could buy it.

Definitely feels, looks and sounds great! I thought about replacing the nut and spreading out the string spacing a little, but I think I can live with it after playing it for a couple hours last night.

LeftRightOut
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Feb 4th, 2014 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

all sweat mikey don't worry about it.

Great to hear you found a keeper!


One thing i've noticed about Japanese made guitars they're extremely well made

I've got a lawsuit ibanez and its a great guitar! I should really pull out of mothball

my three mij fenders and gretsch are also extremely well made players that I definitely wont let go of

Texican

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Feb 5th, 2014 05:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congratulations Mikey. Looks like you have a winner.

kego
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Feb 5th, 2014 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet! The Yamahas from that era are fantastic guitars. I still have a SG-1500 that I bought new in '76 (possibly '77), and it was *far* better than any Les Paul being produced then.

Heavy as hell, but sustains like a dream. I still pull it out and play it reasonably often, it was my main electric guitar for many years.

As I recall, the story was something like in the early '70's the owner of Yamaha musical instruments was retiring and told his son to either make great instruments or get rid of the company (before this their guitars were crap).

The son went with the latter - and I'm glad!

You're gonna love that guitar!

Not mine, but same model (although mine has a MUCH better top!)

(This message was last edited by kego at 08:11 AM, Feb 5th, 2014)

reverend mikey
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Feb 5th, 2014 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

kego,

Thanks for sharing that pic and info! I've always kinda been looking for a lefty of one of those, too, but they're hard to find.

I notice yours also has the first fret dot marker (also on the side binding); must be a Yamaha distinctive!

kego
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Feb 5th, 2014 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll have to check to see if mine has that fret marker. There were a few slight variations in that model over the years. Mine has a low four-digit serial number, but I've never been able to date it by that. I know I bought it new from Venamen Music near DC in '76 or '77.

I've never even seen a lefty version of their 335 copy until yours!

reverend mikey
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Feb 5th, 2014 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I've never even seen a lefty version of their 335 copy until yours!"

Me either - I wonder if they were only sold in Japan.

I had also always wanted a Scofield Ibanez 335 copy, but they've never been made in lefty - for the US market, but I've also wondered if they might have made a few (or would make one on a custom basis) for the Japanese market. But this one really fills that niche perfectly...it's not lacking in anything (I don't care about stuff like flamed maple tops or gold hardware).

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