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 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 generally rare guitars even in Japan.
Examples in the collection are the Yamaha SX-80 (Wood, 1974), SX-800A (Black, 1976), SX-800B (Black, Red, 1976-8), SX-900A
Yamaha SX-800A Black, 1976
Yamaha SX-800B Red, 1976
Yamaha SX-900A, 1976