This Yamaha SA-2500 is one of the best 335 style guitars ever made, by any brand. The SA 2500 was Yamaha’s top of the line semi hollowbody and was built with such attention to detail that they certainly made some USA brands sit up and take notice.
We very rarely find a Yamaha SA 2500 available on the market, mainly because they are simply such great instruments, and owners are reluctant to part with them.
A great feature which stood the SA 2500 model apart from its lesser siblings was the coil split function applied to both humbucking pickups via the tone controls - a great guitar made even more versatile. And all of the sounds are good. Often a coil split results in simply a weaker sounding pickup, but with these babies sound good in any combination, from jangly & sparkly to fat and growling – just dial it in.
- Country of Manufacture: Japan 1983
- Scale Length: 24.75 "
- Nut Width: 1 11/16 "
- Finish Colour: Antique Sunburst
- Pickups; Two Humbucking Pickups with split coil option
- Control Layout: Two Volume Knobs, Two Push-Pull Tone Knobs
- 3-Way Pickup Selector Switch
- Top Wood: Solid spruce
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- 22 Frets
- Gold Hardware
- Double Bound Body
- Bound Neck and Headstock
- Ebony Fretboard
- Double Block Abalone Inlays
- Weight: 7.9 lbs
There is a widely held view that the top Japanese makers were building better instruments in the late 70s & early 80s than their US counterparts. And this guitar certainly adds to that legend. This one is a great player, with sound to match, featuring high quality materials and fine workmanship. The pickups are mighty impressive – ranging from very airy and articulate to fat, dark and gritty with some judicious dialling.
This SA2500 is in great shape. There’s a few dings, dents & light scratches here and there and some pick wear on the guard, but this guitar is still certainly in fine condition for a 37 year old instrument. There is some minor tarnishing of the gold plating which is probably to be expected. There are no structural concerns or any cosmetic blemishes of note.
The very common “clouding” of the finish on some 80s Japanese guitars is not evident on this one.
The medium jumbo frets appear to be original and are in great shape – plenty of life left. The ebony fingerboard is a classy touch, and the neck is super comfortable & plays beautifully.
This is a fabulous, unique sounding, semi hollow, solid top thinline that can stand toe to toe with any brand of that style and come out a winner.
Comes in its Yamaha hard shell case in good condition.