A little chip of rock history, an example of the pre Carlos Santana Yamaha SG, and autographed by the legendary American Jazz guitarist Barney Kessel. (Barney Kessel is refer to on Pete Townsend’s 1983 album “Scoop” where Townshend paid homage to the guitarist with the instrumental song “To Barney Kessel”). Prior to the famous Yamaha SG-175 and Yamaha SG-2000, Yamaha Music Corporation produced a series of early Yamaha SG double cutaway prototypes. These were the Yamaha SG-30, 35, 50, 70. In 1974 the phenomenal and relatively successful SG-90 and SG-175 were released. Here is a rare example of the SG-90, it is a more simple version of the top of the range, early SG-175 with a phenomenal playability and versatile sound. This is a truly great electric guitar with a good solid feel, playing light and fluid and certainly has lots of mojo and a definite vintage vibe.
The guitar has a solid Honduran mahogany body with a set neck, rosewood fret board with mother of pearl dot position markers and embossed serial number, Chrome Hardware and Tuning pegs. The sound is through Yamaha dual humbuckers pick ups. The guitar is pretty with its binding nicely aged to a clotted creamy colour. Yamaha SG-90 guitars were made from 1974 till 1975 in translucent Black, Walnut, Natural Wood and Red.