1st issue, 40-year old SG-700, a great electric guitar made in Japan with great looks, excellent player with a tremendous sound and a good solid feel, It is set up well so it plays light and fluid with a low action and has a lot of mojo and a definite vintage vibe. The guitar has a solid mahogany wood body with carved top, fitted with a set neck, rosewood fret board with split mother of pearl position markers, clean chrome hardware and tuning pegs. The sound is through 2 high output pickups with coil tapping options for a wide tonal variety.
The guitar’s serial number is embossed in the back of the headstock indicating the early model. Absent is also the “Made in Japan” imprint there, however, like the SG175 and the early SG-2000/1000 the Made in Japan label was missing as all Yamaha SG’s were made in Japan at that time. Yamaha SG-700 guitars continued to be produced along the well known SG-2000 and were available in 2 colours walnut brown and cherry sunburst.