The Yamaha SBG-3000 Custom guitar was the epitome of high end Japanese electric guitar making in the mid 80s. With killer good looks and equipped with a fabulous sound wherever you set the tone & volume controls, it sports a mahogany body with maple cap, a full thru body neck, ebony fretboard, abalone split-wing fret-board position markers, abalone purfling and full body & neck binding.
An incredibly well crafted, soulful, and powerful instrument aptly nicknamed the “Les Paul Killer,” this Yamaha boasts neck through body construction, a carved maple top, and brass mounting sustain plate below the bridge. This Yamaha was ahead of its time, and perfect for the player who wanted an array of classic rock tones with a versatility and reliability rarely seen in the “big brand” equivalents from the same era.
The SG-3000 offers unparalleled tone and sustain. At the heart of this Yamaha is a three-piece laminated neck with two pieces of mahogany paired with a central maple section that was patented as the T-Cross System. This not only improved the stability of the neck, but also added to the tonal complexity, with features of both tone woods evident in the sound. The body wings are solid mahogany and the carved maple top rounds out a very Gibson-centric tone wood compliment. The guitar features a pair of vintage high gain humbuckers with individual coil taps, and these rich and roaring pickups offer articulate bark and detail, engineered for tight distortion characteristics.
Santana fans will know that Carlos switched out of Gibson & into a Yamaha SG 3000 in the late 70s and stuck with it for years. Other name players who used the SG 3000 and SG 2000 include Trevor Horn, Al DiMeola, Phil Manzanera, Bob Marley and Stuart Adamson (Big Country).
The SBG 3000 was Yamaha’s flagship guitar in the 80s, and the quality of the workmanship cannot be faulted. This guitar is a real beauty with the rich burgundy sunburst finish topped off with elaborate binding in abalone, high quality gold hardware and one of the most elaborate headstock inlays you will ever see.
Unfortunately the lovely original finish on this guitar has developed a mild cloudiness. Some experts put this down to the slow release of moisture that may have been trapped under the finish. Others suggest it was simply the chemical makeup of some of the lacquers used by finishers back then, which has changed over time. Whatever, it is not offensive in normal lighting, or even stage lighting – but it is there.
This “mistiness” has been taken into account in the pricing of this guitar.
Apart from that there are no other issues with this guitar. No changes, modifications, repairs or surprises. It is in original condition and presents in excellent shape. A few light marks here and there, but nothing significant.
The metal parts show some mild tarnishing, but everything works as it should. Neck is straight, truss rod adjusts properly, lots of fret life left, and the tuners are solid.
At 9.8 lbs this SG 3000 is not a light instrument. But it is a seriously solid guitar, with a big beefy sound to match. Despite the weight, the guitar is a joy to play and it has sustain for days – just ask Carlos.
Comes in its original Yamaha hard case in good condition.