2003 Yamaha SG 2000 – Cherryburst

The Blue Book Says:

– symmetrical double sharp cutaway maple and mahogany body with T-Cross sustain plate, multi-ply body binding, laminated maple/mahogany NTB, 22-fret bound ebony fingerboard with split pearl triangle inlays, multi-ply bound black headstock overlay with Yamaha logo and design inlay, three-per-side tuners, brass bridge, engraved stop tailpiece, black pickguard, two covered humbucker pickups, four amber top hat knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, jack on face of guitar, gold hardware, available in Black, Brown, Brown Sunburst, Cherry, or Cherry Sunburst finish, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1976-1981.

I say:

Wow – everything as it should be- clearly this baby has been well cared for.  Yamaha guitars are very hard to date due to their “rolling” number sequence –  However the Hiscox case, and push/push coil taps are a more recent feature, hence why I’ve decided that this is probably a 2003 guitar (they made some reissue SG 2000’s for the Japanese Market only, so seeing this over here is quite a rarity). The awesome chest cutaway and amazing neck joint make this one of the most comfortable and easiest to play SG’s I’ve ever owned.

No noticeable fretboard/fret wear.

The crackle free and fully functional electronics, there is a replacement push push pot as one died whilst I was trying to clean the guitar

The figured maple cap is gorgeous, and the lacquer only shows minor signs of play wear. Any marks are just polishing marks.  There is a very minor chip in the top of the headstock at the top of the guitar – near the G tuner.  At some point someone has installed an alternative strap button near the rear pickup switch cavity, the screw hole there bears evidence.

There is no clouding of the faceplate that is so common on these guitars.

Heavyweight mahogany – cut very thick  – brass sustain plate under the bridge – brass bridge.

Plays great with low action.  Neck is good and straight.