Yamaha SX-Series

Yamaha SX-Series – “The Devils Head” Guitar

Does anyone know this type of electric guitar or has come across one?

A Japanese friend of mine told me that these guitars are quite rare, even in Japan. Initial production started alongside the Yamaha SG range; The Yamaha SX and notably the SX-B series sports 3 independent single coil, high output pick ups and its tonal variety and range is immense, varying from soulful and clear, to a powerful growl. As a collector of Yamaha Guitars, the guitars feels like a fusion of the SC and SG. The SX-A series is more conventional and is equipped with a set of 2 humbuckers, more resembling a version of Yamaha SG

There are some indications this type of guitar was in use by Tommy Bolin with Deep Purple and earlier by Rory Gallagher… For photo’s see: http://www.rorygallagher.com/#/archives/guitars/sx800b.  The SX-guitars are rare guitars even in Japan.

Examples in the collection are the Yamaha SX-60 (Brown, White, 1973), SX-80 (Wood, 1974), SX-800A (Black, 1976), SX-800B (Black, Red, 1976-8)

SX-60 (White, 1973)

Yamaha SX-80, 1975

Yamaha SX-800A Black, 1976

Yamaha SX-800B Red, 1976

Yamaha SX-60, 1973