Here a rare Yamaha SX-900A, in Cherry Sunburst, 1976. The SX models were in the day also known as the “Devilhead Guitars” and along with the SG were developed after the earlier SG-90/175 that were made 1974-75. The SX was short lived and last models were issued in 1977/8. The A models were kitted out with hum-buckers and the A models had 3 single coils pickups. Notable players were Tommy Bolin and Rory Gallagher.
Here a great looking Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton model made in USA 2018, in a red finish with factory fitted noiseless pick ups. One of my latest fender guitars, unmolested and pretty much unplaced. It’s the standard Clapton Strat, not the custom shop but still a well playing instrument. Standard maple fretboard and alder body comprising the simple but classic Strat look. It’s a light and responsive guitar and easy to play. Lives in its Fender tweed case.
This 1970s Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in black is fine solid body instrument. The deluxe were made during the late 1960s, 1970s and have become collectible in recent years. The Mini Humbuckers produce a great sound. The fret board is proper quality rose wood, which coupled with the slim tapered neck make for a “fast” guitar., guitar lives in its chainsaw case.
Yamaha SG-600 electric guitar made in Japan with cool looks, excellent player with a lovely sound and a good solid feel. This is one of the junior members of the SG family and suits a mix of rhythm and lead guitar. The guitar has a solid wood body with carved top, set neck, fretboard with dot mother of pearl position markers, clean chrome hardware and tulip shaped tuning pegs. The sound is through 2 high-output pickups which when put through a proper valve amp, gives of a great sound from a sweet clean to a crunchy growl. Yamaha SG-600 guitars came onto the scene in 1979 along with the relatively unknown SG-800 and were available in tobacco sunburst and black. Weight of guitar approx. 3.8 Kgs, neck width at nut approx. 4.4 cm.
Here a cool Gibson Firebird Studio 2012 in Grey Burst, new to the collection. This is one is a lefty from a production run from 2012. Kitted out with two Mini Humbuckers, it is a cool looking tone machine. The condition is great, as it is only a 8 year old guitar. Not quite mint but not vastly different.
Steinberger basses were produced from 1979 in New York by Ned Steinberger and Bob Young, a materials engineer with good understanding of carbon fibre. A company, Steinberger Sound, was duly set up to manufacture the basses and later the guitars on a larger scale at Newburgh, New York. Steinberger Company remained independent till 1987 when taken over by Gibson, who still retain rights over the “Steinberger” name, precluding Ned Steinberger from calling his new instruments “Steinbergers”.
Here a Steinberger XP-2 design, again with the headless construction and mixture of resin and carbon fibre. The bass is relatively easy to play if you bear in mind there is no headstock.
Here we have a Musicman StingRay, Bass 1976 1st Issue in Tobacco Sunburst. The Stingray model, especially the first issues with through body strings, are some of a small handful of iconic basses that would inarguably be on our bass wall poster. This 1977 model is an example of the original Stingray Bass. Released first in 1976, this Stingray Bass has specifications not seen before on a factory produced guitar, like the active 9-volt battery-powered preamp with 2-band EQ. It also has a mega sized single hum-bucking pickup near the bridge giving it a punchy trebly sound, the 3+1 headstock, and the now we’ll recognised roundish pick-guard. This bass despite its similarities to the Fender P, plays quite differently and users of the Stingray will know why. Excellent but very heavy guitar, lives in its case.
New to my collection a left handed example from the Yamaha SG-2000s range, a stunning Yamaha SG-2000s in translucent cherry sunburst, in great condition. Of all the Yamaha SGs, this one of the nicest versions of the Yamaha SG-2000 model. This guitar is a real gem, plays like a dream. The guitar is no doubt heavy, with a the hallmark thru body neck, and brass sustain plate under the bridge. Like ass high end Yamaha SGs it has an ebony fret-board with abalone split wing fret markers. This particular model unlike the early SG-2000, has been factory kitted out with coil taps, giving a good tonal range and variation. The guitar lives in its luxury case, with tools and other case candy. Weight of guitar approx. 4.4 Kgs, neck width at nut approx. 4.3 cm.
Here a simple Gibson, melody maker 1962, serial no 600457. Probs the simplest of vintage Gibson’s, range a melodymaker. Twin Pickups plastics covers with Moulded Gibson Logo/Name. Separate bridge/tail piece. Perhaps the Tune-o-matic bridge is probs non original, the guitar is a Brown burst. Rosewood fretboard with dot markers. Small minimal guitar, quite functional. Kinda nice really. This example looks to have had a relacquering. Must have been iconic as it shares its name with the famous Melody Maker Music Magazine. Lives in its Gibson Case.
Here we have a superb 1980s USA BC Rich Mockingbird Electric Guitar. A relatively heavy solid body guitar with 2 stock Dimarzio pick ups. The guitar’s 2 hum-buckers are kitted out with the BCR standard array of switching options including a pre amp and varitone switch allowing for a variety of tone and output. Apart from its build quality, it is quite a rare model and its serial number is embossed on the fretboard. It is one of the top ten guitars in the collection. The guitar has a fantastic feel to it, no neck dive or other instability issues and sound wise it is awesome too. The fret board is high quality ebony with cloud mother of Pearl markers. Guitar lives in its original hard-case.
Here another guitar of Yamaha’s Gibson Lawsuit era line up. Here a midrange range Yamaha SL-450s Studio Lord, the Japanese Yamaha version of the Gibson Les Paul model. These guitars were produced during the 1970s and early 1980s. These guitars either had the “Gibson” open book headstock shape, more common to the Lord Player series, or the more common Yamaha headstock of the Studio Lord range, as found on the SGs. This model has a mahogany body, maple cap and rosewood fingerboard with a set neck. The maple cap has a nice appearance. The guitar has been used and may have some genuine play wear and patina to the nickel hardware.
Here another guitar, considered part of Yamaha’s Gibson Lawsuit era line up. Here a midrange range Yamaha SL-450s Studio Lord, the Japanese Yamaha version of the Gibson Les Paul model. These guitars were produced during the 1970s and early 1980s. These guitars either had the “Gibson” open book headstock shape, more common to the Lord Player series, or the more common Yamaha headstock of the Studio Lord range, as found on the SGs. This model has a mahogany body, maple cap and rosewood fingerboard with a set neck. The maple cap has a nice appearance to it and oozes quality. The guitar has been used and has genuine play wear and patina. However, that all adds to the character.