The Elite Vintage Guitars collection – About

Hi Y’all, my name is Jay and I have started this blog regarding my collection of vintage guitars, simply because I dig them and they are a joy to play. My guitar collection started about 40 years ago with my first Pearl SG Copy,  then a cherry Yamaha SG-500 guitar, and when I was into prog rock, metal and rock and roll. Many moons later, the collection has grown a bit and is scattered in various places, some are in UK and some are in my native Holland .

My collection is mainly Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean stuff like Yamaha, Ibanez, Aria although I dig some of the old USA stuff like Peavey, Guild, Musicman, Fender, too.

Collecting guitars needs  space, which isn’t much about, not good when suffering from GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) , so to make space for “new stuff” ,  I punt some geets off  so, if you are looking for something a bit different,  check it out. Most stuff stays in the collection but some are up for grabs and marked – FS.



Some noteworthy guitars from my collection  include the world famous early 1970s Yamaha SG-175, made by Yamaha for Carlos Santana and some other rare Yamaha or other Les Paul models from the 1970s, for example the beautifully crafted LP in honeyburst, made for Jimmy Page (see picture below).

Occasionally, I hand duplicate guitars to Simon from “Ayr Guitar” or  Brian of “The Berwick Music Gallery” who  kindly offered me space in their music shops, and are keen to help you try out one of these, my pal Dave McArthurs “Unique Guitars” shares my passion for vintage gear and occasionally puts up one of my Yammies or Gibbo’s, as you can see below, cheers Jay

Dave and I

Yamaha SG-2000s (1985)

23 comments on “The Elite Vintage Guitars collection – About

  1. Bought a Yamaha SL 400 from Jay cant put it down LOBE IT Thanks again SG 2000 next Please Andy

  2. Received my LP800 Custom today (Black Beauty). Excellent guitar in beautiful condition. Jay was great to deal with & packaged the guitar extremely well. Chuffed.

    • Hello there my name is terry and I must say what a marvellous collection you have I started to learn guitar 2 years ago and couldn’t agree more with you regarding the joys of collecting and playing the different types available both new and vintage I love it and have approx 30 guitars which is more than the songs I can play hahahahahaha.i noticed your interest in Yamaha’s sg range because I also like yourself loved the music of big country especially the guitar playing of Stuart RIP who like myself was a big fan of another sg player mr bill nelson it’s for these reasons I’m looking for a sg 2000 or 3000 if you have any for sale please let me know best wishes and good health from terry

  3. I met up with Jay, who kindly drove down from Norwich to deliver a Yamaha SL700s – tobacco burst, with split coil pickups. First class guy, very knowledgeable and passionate about guitars and music. Needless to say the guitar is super and looks gorgeous. Great tone too. If you are looking for quality Yamaha guitars from a cast iron genuine seller, look no further!

  4. I own a Yamaha SG vintage guitar. I believe it was a 1983 model actually purchased in Tokyo, Japan. My mum got it for me when I was a wee little babe. I treasure it immensely and it has served me well and continues to be my main electric guitar. I will never ever part with it.

  5. Hi I was told that you know a good bit about Japan guitar and I was wondering if you could help me I’d this Chambered les paul I belive it to be a National but the neck has a zero fret and it’s making me think that the neck isn’t original and the body is only single bound not double so if you could help me out that be great

  6. I have bought two vintage Yamaha guitars (a 1977 SF-1000 and a 1979 SG700) from Jay and a third one (a 1979 SL700S) from a local musician friend who actually originally bought it from Jay some years before! There isn’t a better guy to deal with than Jay. He has become a firm friend as well as my ‘go-to’ vintage guitar supplier! His knowledge of vintage guitars and his understanding of a musicians needs enable him to hook you up with the right instrument every time. He goes out of his way to ensure that you get what you want and that the guitar is right (set up correctly, etc) before it reaches you. When I bought my SG700 from him, we took a whole morning playing maybe 7 or 8 guitars, constantly changing and comparing, before I made my final choice – you wouldn’t get that sort of service on the high street! Seriously, there is nobody better if you want a real living vintage guitar, to know its history and understand where and how it was designed and made!

  7. Being so in love with the Yamaha SG 2000 – the stunning translucent green coloured masterpiece- that is within Jay’s collection, we got in touch about the possibility of changing ownership. I was already overly impressed by Jay’s collection, but nothing could have prepared me for the astounding guitar knowledge, the overal love for his collection as also his kindness. He cares so much that he wanted to make sure, before allowing his guitar to leave his collection, it to be in good and caring hands. As this is my ultimate dream guitar -and my new best friend to be-, I hoped to be able to convince him just of that. Being an immense BC fan since the very beginning, he toke me by complete surprise in offering signatures along with the guitar, as he is working with the band. Wow! I have been in complete awe ever since our conversation in which he also informed me on the history and background of the guitar. I have experienced a lot of surprising services and kindness, but when Jay on top of all the above, offered to bring me the guitar personally to the Netherlands – I knew nothing could ever beat this whole experience. I can only recommend Jay and offer him my highest praise. Thank you once more Jay for making this happen. I am so very grateful.


  8. Receieved the black yamaha sg500 and couldnt be happier, it sings and is in great condition especially considering its age 1977/78! Would recommend Jay to anyone and will be sure to hit him up again when im feeling like expanding my collection!!!

  9. I am the owner of a brown sunburst SBG200 Yamaha – a beautiful guitar! I have searched and searched and cannot answer the following questions, and (considering your collection and the fact you own a SG200) I am hoping you can help – so far, even Yamaha themselves cannot answer the questions. 1) What year (or years) was the SBG200 marketed in the USA? 2) How many of them (approximately) were sold in the USA when they were being marketed? I’ve had this guitar 20 years and would love to find the answers; Thanks! – Don

  10. Been smitten with SG’s since witnessing Stuart Adamson back in the day.
    Fantastic collection and a joy to see that you are in my home town of Aberdeen, where I worshipped at the alter of Adamson.
    Though no longer a resident, I remain forever a “restless native”…

  11. Hello from Italy.
    I am desperately in search for a set of Yamaha SG 1000 knobs… can you please giveme some advice where to get them?
    Thank ypou so much and greetings from Italy!

    • Hi Domenico, I occasionally have them. Will see what I can do. There are some online shops in Japan that carry these, and may ship to EU; however, as far as I know they are not produced anymore and hard to get. They may not be off the shelf items.

  12. Hi there. I’m interested in talking about the 79 Strat in all black you have but because I’m an idiot, i can’t seem to find a way of doing that. Could you get back to me as soon as you can as I’m desperate. I mean, nonchalant. E, hem. John.

  13. Love those Yammies !!

    Hey, can you tell me how to decode the SN on an SG-2000?

    I just picked one up off of CL and would like to know the production date.

  14. I absolutely love your SGs! I am an SG die hard. Currently trying to seek out an original 1961-63 Les Paul SG and something with a Maestro. The green one is so unusual I love that guitar!!

  15. Where is this guitar currently?!?! Fender Stratocaster, (Glossy Black, 1980s) (Sam Smith’s backing guitarist guitar) This is a very nice guitar!!!

  16. 2nd guitar I have bought from Joey and I have to say the service and quality is second to none. Cheers Joey love my new P bass.

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