The one that started in all. Yamaha's foray into the electric guitar production business began in 1966 when it burst on the scene with its crazy looking, amazing sounding SG series of guitars. The most popular of these was the SG-5 (renamed 5A from '68 onwards), nicknamed the Flying Samurai for its wild body shape and large hockey stick/samurai sword headstock. A truly unique silhouette that someone once described to me as 'like a what a Jaguar looks like if you're on acid'. I couldn't have said it better myself.
This guitar was way ahead of its time both aesthetically and electronically. The famous 'balancer' knob lets you wind back the front and back bobbin of the rear humbucker, giving you a huge variety of tones from what is in essence a 3 pickup guitar. It also has one of the most expressive and usual tremolo systems we've ever used.
- Maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 22 frets
- Master Volume
- Master Tone
- Notched 'Balancer' control
- 3x Yamaha Single-Coil pickups
- 3-way switch
- Floating bridge
- Yamaha tuners
- Original hardcase
Our old Yamaha is in great shape for a guitar of this vintage. We've replaced the original Balancer pot with a new one as it was broken (original included). We've also replaced the foam under the pickups and the Zero fret. Other than that it was totally original! A few age related marks are present (pictured) but nothing unsightly. Freshly set up with Daddario 10's and ready to go!
We endeavour to describe all our instruments with the upmost accuracy, if you have any questions about any of our guitars please don't hesitate to ask! All our guitars are professionally checked and set-up before they are shipped out to you, if you have any specific set-up requirements please let us know and we will happily accommodate you.