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Early seventies Yamaha advert from Guitar Player magazine

The wood preparation for a Yamaha acoustic guitar


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    Yamaha Acoustics - The Care We Take on the Outside Sells a Lot of People. The Care We Take in Here Sells a Musician
    Yamaha Acoustics - The Care We Take on the Outside Sells a Lot of People. The Care We Take in Here Sells a Musician
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    1975 Yamaha L6. Solid Spruce & Solid EIR, made in Hamamatsu, Japan

    1975 Yamaha L6. Solid Spruce & Solid EIR, made in Hamamatsu, Japan

    Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Yamaha L6, made in Hamamatsu Japan, April1975
    Top: Solid Ezo Spruce
    Back: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Sides: 3 Layer Laminated East Indian Rosewood
    Neck: Mahogany
    Fretboard: Ebony
    Bridge: Ebony
    Saddle: Bone
    Nut: Bone
    Bridge Pins: Bone
    Scale Length: 25 5 in
    Nut Width: 1 75 in
    Action under E1 string (12th fret): 2 4 mm
    Action under E6 string (12th fret): 2 9 mm
    This guitar is nearly flawless. Cosmetically it is about as good as it ... more
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    Yamaha SG1500 vintage electric guitar Japan 1976, New Frets, Pots, Tuners

    Yamaha SG1500 vintage electric guitar Japan 1976, New Frets, Pots, Tuners

    Napa, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    When Yamaha introduced the highly acclaimed
    SG2000 they also introduced a SG1500. This first SG1500 is very close to the original SG2000, but with a set neck instead of the through neck, chrome hardware instead of gold plated, dot inlays instead of block inlays
    Here the heaviest of the Yamaha SG range the phenomenal rare and all original 1st issue Yamaha
    SG-1500, 1976, good condition for its near 47 years in delicious Cherry Sunburst. A true Rock Beast! Not many of these about anymore,... more
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    1967 Very Early Yamaha FG-150 Red Label date code 42 1.30  Serial Japan Vintage

    1967 Very Early Yamaha FG-150 Red Label date code 42 1.30 Serial Japan Vintage

    Schertz, Texas, 781**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Early 1967
    42 1.30 date code. January 30, 1967 per Japanese emperor date code.
    Very early US import of the red label FG-150
    Early label design
    Early 6 digit serial number 5xxxxx
    All original condition. Very minimal use. I believe that I am the 2nd owned, purchased from a retired minister.
    Slight mark on top, very minor
    Portion of pick guard coming unglued.
    One screw missing from the A string tuner.
    Original case included.
    Free shipping is for US lower 48 only. ... more
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    Yamaha ? FG-110 Vintage 1969 Acoustic Guitar  Nippon Gakki Red Label

    Yamaha ? FG-110 Vintage 1969 Acoustic Guitar Nippon Gakki Red Label

    New Rochelle, New York, 108**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage 1969
    Acoustic Guitar
    Gakki Red Label

    Overall Very Good Condition
    Some scratches, scuffs
    See photos
    ... more
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    YAMAHA FG365SE acoustic-electric guitar made in Taiwan 1980s fair with hard case

    YAMAHA FG365SE acoustic-electric guitar made in Taiwan 1980s fair with hard case

    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    YAMAHA FG365SE acoustic-electric guitar made in Taiwan early 1980s with vintage hard case in fair condition
    This is a vintage pretty rare model Yamaha FG365SE Electric Acoustic Guitar with Solid Spruce Top and Built in active electronics in fair condition
    This guitar has been played, aged with tons of character .
    Shaved Bone saddle , nice action , straight neck , plays with a wonderful rich tone plugged and unplugged.

    Solid spruce top , Beautiful dark ... more
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    Yamaha FG1500 acoustic guitar 1971 FG 1500

    Yamaha FG1500 acoustic guitar 1971 FG 1500

    Greenville, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    First, this guitar is over 50 years old. It sounds beautiful, warm and bright, really amazing. Strings are old but it still holds tune perfect. Hard to let it go, but personal reasons force possible sale. Action is low. It's been loved it's whole life, very good condition. Please see all pics. A few bumps and light scratches. The bridge has been replaced by previous owner, but a good job there. No other repairs that I can see. The case is a Larivee and fit is perfect.
    Local pick ... more
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    1973 Yamaha AE-12 Hollowbody Archtop Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w / Hardshell Case

    1973 Yamaha AE-12 Hollowbody Archtop Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w / Hardshell Case

    Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1973 Yamaha AE-12 Hollowbody Archtop Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w / Hardshell Case
    For Sale, we have a vintage Yamaha Archtop guitar. Excellent for chopping your favorite rootless voicings on, this expertly crafted Japanese-made jazz box will be the cats?? meow at your preferred late-night jam sesh. Bringing a distinctly uptown vibe, this guitar plays effortlessly. Roll down the tone a bit for an added warmth that meshes perfectly with the mix, yet retains touch sensitivity that drives dynamics ... more
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    Yamaha SJ400S acoustic guitar ( size 000 ) made in Taiwan 1982-1983 excellent

    Yamaha SJ400S acoustic guitar ( size 000 ) made in Taiwan 1982-1983 excellent

    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Yamaha SJ400S acoustic guitar ( size 000 ) made in Taiwan 1982-1983 excellent condition with hard case

    Beautiful vintage Yamaha guitar with Road runner hard case with key
    This guitar may only show mild scratches and very few scuffs and small dings no cracks , straight neck , functional truss rod , great action , plays great with beautiful vintage Yamaha tone , excellent frets , excellent fret board
    It barely shows any fret-wear , no cracks , nothing peculiar, good set of ... more
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    1974 Yamaha SA-60 Super Axe Vintage Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Natural w /  Case

    1974 Yamaha SA-60 Super Axe Vintage Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Natural w / Case

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Up for sale, a 1974 Yamaha SA-60 "Super Axe" in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and warranty card. Introduced in 1973 and produced at the Nippon Gakki factory in Japan, the SA-60 was the second highest tiered offering in the early Super Axe lineup, with features and specifications mirroring an ES-335
    The semi-hollow maple body features a full maple centerblock, and acoustically the instrument has a bright, ... more
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    Yamaha FG-110 Red label - 1967 Made Japan (EXCELLENT CONDITION)

    Yamaha FG-110 Red label - 1967 Made Japan (EXCELLENT CONDITION)

    Lathrop, California, 953**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Yamaha FG-110 Red label - 1967 Made Japan (EXCELLENT CONDITION). Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.... more
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    Yamaha Dynamic Guitar No. 80 Solid Wood 1960s Ezo Spruce  /  Flamed Maple

    Yamaha Dynamic Guitar No. 80 Solid Wood 1960s Ezo Spruce / Flamed Maple

    Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a true gem that doesn??t come along very often! The stunning Model 80 is constructed of SOLID premium woods, no laminates here! You can see the maple flame inside the guitar. The top is very rare (and now protected) Ezo spruce which only grows on the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido. The climate in Hokkaido creates very tight grain structure that is perfect for guitar tops. You almost never find this wood on new guitars and even in the 1960??s it was reserved for the top of the ... more
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    1980 Yamaha SG2000 Santana Designed Guitar with OHSC, Push / Push Coil Taps

    1980 Yamaha SG2000 Santana Designed Guitar with OHSC, Push / Push Coil Taps

    Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1980 Yamaha SG2000 Santana Designed Guitar with OHSC, Push / Push Coil Taps
    Santana fans, feast your eyes! We have a unique and rare guitar to share with you today. This Yamaha SG2000 was developed with the input of none other than the legendary riff slinger extraordinaire, Carlos Santana. The tones that this guitar puts out can be heard on his landmark record ??Moonflower??
    The set neck, mahogany body, and brass sustain plate under the bridge were all items that Carlos insisted on for ... more
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    1981 Yamaha SJ-800 Super Jam made in Japan

    1981 Yamaha SJ-800 Super Jam made in Japan

    Carlsbad, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Maker: Yamaha
    Model: SJ-800 Super Jam
    Condition: excellent
    In the late 70s and early 80s while most manufacturers were consumed with copying Fender and Gibson's lines (aka the lawsuit era) Yamaha was actually doing something different and putting out new concepts and designs - many of the well ahead of their time. This 1980 Super Jam is no exception; a tele-ish body shape with strat-like contours and playability featuring ahead of the curve designs like a ... more
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    Yamaha L-15 Handmade in Japan Nakamoto 1980

    Yamaha L-15 Handmade in Japan Nakamoto 1980

    Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Absolutely fabulous guitar handmade by famous luthier Terry Nakamoto! He is the same luthier who built guitars for John Denver in the 1980??s and many others. This guitar BOOMS with sound, it??s one the best sounding guitars to ever come through my shop. It plays great with nice low action
    The saddle has been brought down on this guitar, dropping the action to a nice 0 060?? and 0 080?? at the 12F (1st and 6th string respectively). The saddle and nut are both real bone. The top is crack ... more
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    Vintage Yamaha FG-200 Acoustic Guitar w / Original Case. 1975 ish. XLNT. Condition

    Vintage Yamaha FG-200 Acoustic Guitar w / Original Case. 1975 ish. XLNT. Condition

    Cedar City, Utah, 847**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a vintage 1975 ish Yamha FG-200 acoustic guitar with original case. It is in excellent condition with no cracks, dings, or damage that I can see. Neck is very straight, no separation, original tuners, it's a great sounding guitar and looks great for its age. Please email me with any questions. Thanks... more
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    1966 Yamaha FG-150 Green Label (RARE)

    1966 Yamaha FG-150 Green Label (RARE)

    Rochester, Minnesota, 559**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Selling my Rare 1966 Yamaha FG-150 green label. This guitar is incredibly rare when it comes to Yamaha acoustic guitars. The green label predates the infamous red label series that started being produced in 1967. Yamaha started producing the FG line in October of 1966, this guitar was built in December of 1966. I bought is from the original owner 11 years ago and has been enjoyed ever since. I Just had the neck reset and truss rod replaced so will be great for many years to come.

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    1980??s Yamaha CJ818SB Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

    1980??s Yamaha CJ818SB Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

    Harbor Beach, Michigan, 484**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a vintage guitar and shows signs of playing and age. It has a few small tally carved into the back on the bottom of the guitar. It is fit with electronics which do work and it sounds fantastic.
    ... more
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    Yamaha FG-512 1976 12 String Acoustic Guitar Made in Taiwan - Original Hard Case

    Yamaha FG-512 1976 12 String Acoustic Guitar Made in Taiwan - Original Hard Case

    Long Valley, New Jersey, 078**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Yamaha FG-512 1976 12 String Acoustic Guitar Made in Taiwan Original Hard Case w / Keys - 1 Broken LatchDeep Strong Rosewood Color - Top Is Flat - No Structural IssuesNeeds Strings, Cleaning & PolishSelling for a Friend


    WE ARE NOT ... more
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    1970s Yamaha SA-90 hollowbody BLONDE

    1970's Yamaha SA-90 hollowbody BLONDE

    Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
    Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1970's Yamaha SA-90 in its original Blonde finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the nut, and is 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. It's in EXCELLENT condition with a few very minor nicks + dings, a few finish cracks on the top and other minor cosmetic wear. Everything remains structurally sound with no cracks, breaks or repairs. All ... more
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    1980 Yamaha Super Jam 800 SJ-800 Vintage Guitar Yellow Natural

    1980 Yamaha Super Jam 800 SJ-800 Vintage Guitar Yellow Natural

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Up for sale, a 1980 Yamaha Super Jam 800 (SJ-800) in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced from 1978-83, this rare Japanese-made Yamaha features a unique blend of Tele and Strat-esque componentry and aesthetics, with an HS pickup configuration and a tonewood complement of an alder body with a maple cap and a one-piece maple neck
    This guitar has an immediate, detailed acoustic response with smooth sustain, qualities faithfully captured by the pickup complement. The J1... more
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    1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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    1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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    1960 Hofner Colorama II

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    1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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    1981 Gibson Marauder

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    1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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    1961 Hohner Zambesi

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    1963 Vox Super Ace

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    1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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    1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

    1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

    1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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    1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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    1972 Fender Precision bass

    1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

    1967 Vox Stroller

    1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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    1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

    1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

    1959 Hofner Committee

    1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

    1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.