Elite Vintage Guitars – 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 sunburst Yamaha SG-700 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)

17 comments on “Elite Vintage Guitars – 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.

  3. Just got back from a 700 mile round trip to pick up my dream guitar -a Yamaha SG 1000. Absolutely well worth the trip, especially as I got to try out some other great guitars as well (most notably the Yamaha Super Flighter 1000) and have a chat with a very knowledgeable and very nice guy to boot! Thanks Jay, it was great meeting you and I wish you all the success in the world.

  4. Im so thankful to Jay! thanks so much for your help and kindness! the SG1000 guitar is so great and good condition just as Jay sayed! I didnt worry at all thru the whole process! the guitar arrived in 2 days to Hungary!!! I can absolutely recommend him to deal with, he is so patient and helpful! keep in touch!!! greetings from Hungary

  5. 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!

  6. Just bought a Superflighter 500 from Jay today. The guitar is in excellent condition and beautiful to play. I’m delighted! Jay was welcoming, patient and well informed. He had a number of guitars out to try and compare. His passion and enthusiasm for these outstanding guitars is clear. Thanks Jay.

  7. Jay has been so helpful ! An absolute pleasure to deal with and couldn’t help me enough ! I couldn’t recommend him enough to anyone, if you’re in the market for a new guy here’s the place to come too !

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Hi there,

    What do you think about this one.
    About to buy it. Pls let me know your thoughts!

    Like your site!!!
    Cheers. Hans

  11. 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!

  12. I am so in love with this particular guitar. I am referring to the Yamaha SG 2000 translucent green. Would you consider at some point in time putting it up for sale?
    I’d like to add that you have an overall impressive guitar collection. Wow!

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