Here the holy grail of Yamaha SG guitars, the Yamaha SG-175, the then top of the range Yamaha SG that hit the music scene in 1974. The Yamaha SG-175 initially caught the eye of Carlos Santana who tried and tested the Yamaha SG-175 out. Although he thought it a great guitar, with a bit of weight due to the solid Honduran mahogany, he deemed the SG-175 still too light, and in his opinion lacked the sustain he was looking for. Yamaha Music Co used that and his further input in design and functionality to develop the now famous Yamaha SG-2000, probably the earliest truly famous Yamaha electric guitar. The changes to the SG-175 design meant evolution to a much heavier and contoured solid body electric guitar, the Yamaha SG-2000. For weight and resonance transfer, a solid brass block was added under the bridge and the guitar was made with a laminated thru body neck
Copies of some of the original hybrids of SG-175/2000 can be seen on his Santana’s live renditions of “She’s not there”, “Europa”, “Black magic woman” and more recordings from the album “Moonflower”. The Yamaha SG-175 was produced in only small numbers, as only the best of the best of materials were used and is now a very sought after instrument amongst Yamaha SG aficionados.
It is a high-quality guitar built with a Honduran Mahogany body, bound with ornate abalone binding, the set neck is made from one-piece bound mahogany with ebony fret-board, again with decorative mother of pearl split-wing markers. The headstock is quite plain with triple binding surrounding the wood, there is no decorative floral motif inlay as common with the later SG-2000 and SG-1000, just the Yamaha Logo.
Gibson Les Paul/SG ‘61 Custom Shop Standard Reissue
Here a great guitar from the Gibson stable, the Gibson Les Paul 61 reissue basically the then new SG shape. This guitar remained in production ever since but lost the LesPaul affiliation and name in 1963 upon Les Pauls insistence. Thebody and neck are made from mahogany, the guitar has the usual double-cutaway style with bevelled edges. Great playing axe with a lighter weight than the Les Paul, still great resonance and sustain. Dark rosewood fingerboard with a cool look and feel, two PAF-style ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, and historically recreated and period accurate plastics.
Guitar is finished in racing green finish nitrocellulose, giving this guitar a great vintage feel, despite it being a re-issue .
Humbucker Pickups Classics, both neck and bridge positions. Alnico II magnets, wound with enamel-coated wire. Additionally , the coils have been wax potted to reduce micro phonic feedback and resulting squeal. Controls are the classic set of volume and tone control for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch. Tune-o-matic bridge and vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons, and a period correct Pull Vibrato system with Gibson harp motif embossed. Cream binding, black top hat with silver volume and tone inserts, an early ’60s style five-ply black plastic pickguard, and traditional “bell” truss rod cover stamped with “Les Paul”