Yamaha SG-85 (Light Natural, 1974)

In addition to the famous double cutaway Yamaha SGs like the SG-1000 and 2000, Yamaha Corp made some single cutaway SG’s in the early 1970s, resembling a more rounded Les Paul shape. An example of a single cutaway guitar is the Yamaha SG-85. This was the top of the range of these guitars, that were produced during a short period from 1972-1974 in the run up to the famous SG-175 and the later SG-2000 series. The guitar built from Honduran Mahogany  with a Mahogany set neck. The fretboard is ebony with mother of pearl chevron style inlays. Typical weight of these models was around the 3.5 kgs. The sound of these vintage gems is outstanding, produced by a simple 2 tone/2 vol arrangement with a 3-way pick up selector switch. Hardware was gold plated with a gilded diecast 6 saddle terminator type hardtail stop bar. The sound of this model is full, with a strong presence, ideal for rock and rhythm. The 3 models in this particular line up were the Yamaha SG-45, 65 and 85.  Guitar is all original and lives in its original orange faux fur lined hard case.