About-The collection

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 over 40 years ago with my first Pearl SG Copy,  then a cherry Yamaha SG-500 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 still in my native Holland .

My collection is mainly Japanese, Taiwanese stuff like Yamaha, Ibanez, Aria although I dig the old USA stuff also like Peavey, Guild, Musicman, Fender, too, as they go back to the early 1950s and even before.

Collecting guitars is quite unlike collecting coins or stamps and requires space, which is if limited, not good, especially when suffering from GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome). From time to time space is needed for “new stuff”. Thankfully, there’s eBay where some duplicates can go, but most stuff stays in the collection which featured in June’s Guitar Magazine.



Some noteworthy guitars in the collection include an early 1970s Yamaha SG-175, a model made by Yamaha for Carlos Santana and some other rare Yamaha or other Gibson Les Paul models or Fender Stratocaster from the 1950s and later. 

23 comments on “About-The collection

  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.

    • Hello there my name is terry and I must say what a marvellous collection you have I started to learn guitar 2 years ago and couldn’t agree more with you regarding the joys of collecting and playing the different types available both new and vintage I love it and have approx 30 guitars which is more than the songs I can play hahahahahaha.i noticed your interest in Yamaha’s sg range because I also like yourself loved the music of big country especially the guitar playing of Stuart RIP who like myself was a big fan of another sg player mr bill nelson it’s for these reasons I’m looking for a sg 2000 or 3000 if you have any for sale please let me know best wishes and good health from terry

  3. Hello.

    I’ve just acquired a 1978 SG1500 Cherry, S.N. 001373.
    Oh My Goodness!!
    I don’t think I’ll be playing my Gold-Top or 335 for quite some time.
    A question, if I may…
    Is it possible to obtain a replacement (silver coloured) bridge?
    The original is doing the usual Tune-O-Matic trick and starting to collapse.
    Thanks in advance for your input.


  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Being so in love with the Yamaha SG 2000 – the stunning translucent green coloured masterpiece- that is within Jay’s collection, we got in touch about the possibility of changing ownership. I was already overly impressed by Jay’s collection, but nothing could have prepared me for the astounding guitar knowledge, the overal love for his collection as also his kindness. He cares so much that he wanted to make sure, before allowing his guitar to leave his collection, it to be in good and caring hands. As this is my ultimate dream guitar -and my new best friend to be-, I hoped to be able to convince him just of that. Being an immense BC fan since the very beginning, he toke me by complete surprise in offering signatures along with the guitar, as he is working with the band. Wow! I have been in complete awe ever since our conversation in which he also informed me on the history and background of the guitar. I have experienced a lot of surprising services and kindness, but when Jay on top of all the above, offered to bring me the guitar personally to the Netherlands – I knew nothing could ever beat this whole experience. I can only recommend Jay and offer him my highest praise. Thank you once more Jay for making this happen. I am so very grateful.


  8. Receieved the black yamaha sg500 and couldnt be happier, it sings and is in great condition especially considering its age 1977/78! Would recommend Jay to anyone and will be sure to hit him up again when im feeling like expanding my collection!!!

  9. I am the owner of a brown sunburst SBG200 Yamaha – a beautiful guitar! I have searched and searched and cannot answer the following questions, and (considering your collection and the fact you own a SG200) I am hoping you can help – so far, even Yamaha themselves cannot answer the questions. 1) What year (or years) was the SBG200 marketed in the USA? 2) How many of them (approximately) were sold in the USA when they were being marketed? I’ve had this guitar 20 years and would love to find the answers; Thanks! – Don

  10. Been smitten with SG’s since witnessing Stuart Adamson back in the day.
    Fantastic collection and a joy to see that you are in my home town of Aberdeen, where I worshipped at the alter of Adamson.
    Though no longer a resident, I remain forever a “restless native”…

  11. Hello from Italy.
    I am desperately in search for a set of Yamaha SG 1000 knobs… can you please giveme some advice where to get them?
    Thank ypou so much and greetings from Italy!

    • Hi Domenico, I occasionally have them. Will see what I can do. There are some online shops in Japan that carry these, and may ship to EU; however, as far as I know they are not produced anymore and hard to get. They may not be off the shelf items.

  12. Hi there. I’m interested in talking about the 79 Strat in all black you have but because I’m an idiot, i can’t seem to find a way of doing that. Could you get back to me as soon as you can as I’m desperate. I mean, nonchalant. E, hem. John.

  13. Love those Yammies !!

    Hey, can you tell me how to decode the SN on an SG-2000?

    I just picked one up off of CL and would like to know the production date.

  14. I absolutely love your SGs! I am an SG die hard. Currently trying to seek out an original 1961-63 Les Paul SG and something with a Maestro. The green one is so unusual I love that guitar!!

  15. Where is this guitar currently?!?! Fender Stratocaster, (Glossy Black, 1980s) (Sam Smith’s backing guitarist guitar) This is a very nice guitar!!!

  16. Hi Guys! I saw your collection in Guitar magazine. I was hoping you could tell me the brand of the metal, wall mount track hangers you have? Thanks in advance!

  17. We were searching for an unusual, visually interesting and importantly a very playable Guitar for a rather famous US actor. Our brief was simple, its got to be “super cool”. Luckily Jay seems to have a crazy selection of truly beautiful guitars that are also very rare. Jay was an utter pleasure to deal with and always keen to go above and beyond with knowledge, advice and practical help.

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