Yamaha SJ550HR

Posted by L Ellis on Fri, 03/31/06 - 21:20:11.
In Reply to Guitar Musician

I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.

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Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: I have this guitar. The color is black with twin humbuckers. It is in excellent condition.I sell it.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: : I have this guitar. The color is black with twin humbuckers. It is in excellent condition.I sell it.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: : : I have this guitar. The color is black with twin humbuckers. It is in excellent condition.I sell it.
i would like to buy it.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

<span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">: I have this guitar.</span> : Ich habe diese Gitarre.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers.</span> Die Farbe ist ein tiefes Braun mit zwei Humbucker.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value.</span> Können Sie mir sagen, das Datum der maufactured und die ungefähren Wert.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">It is in excellent condition.</span> Es ist in sehr gutem Zustand.</span>

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: : I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
: I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: : : I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
: : I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

I bought an SJ550HR in the mid eighties and still have it now. It is superb to play and I prefer this to my Fender Strat. I paid over £250 when i had the guitar and the retail price should have in Excess of £300. Dont know if it is worth anything now as you never seem to see any about. Not even on Ebay!!!

I wouldnt part with mine for the world and would recommend the guitar to anyone who may be lucky enough to get a chance of buying one

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

I had mine apprased last year in nevada. they told me that there one of the last guitars made in japan. there all made in china now. they said mine which is in exelent cond. is worth about $250.00 US. : : : : I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
: : : I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

: I bought an SJ550HR in the mid eighties and still have it now. It is superb to play and I prefer this to my Fender Strat. I paid over £250 when i had the guitar and the retail price should have in Excess of £300. Dont know if it is worth anything now as you never seem to see any about. Not even on Ebay!!!

: I wouldnt part with mine for the world and would recommend the guitar to anyone who may be lucky enough to get a chance of buying one

Update on these guitars...

So I did some research online and you can find a Yamaha site to look up the serial numbers. Found out mine was made in '85.
My guitar is beautiful and you go to the photos site on my website www.RoxxHunter.com you can see pics of it. I love it. It has humbuckers with a coil tap to get the single coil sound.
Some tips on this guitar that I've found over the years playing this.

There is a small metal piece on the head stock that the high E and B strings go underneath before they go into the tuning heads. I used to have problems with the guitar going out of tune and once I stopped putting the strings under that piece it stayed in tune better.
When you have the push/pull knob pulled to get a single coil sound (a-la strat) it loses a bit of bite so maybe try changing the capacitor. I did this mainly to get a more dramatic sweep when using the tone knob, to get a wah type of sound. It would be nice if they could remake this with a bit more bit/growl from the single coils.
It's a good guitar for so many styles. Has a slight flat tone but if you tweak the pickup heights a bit you can get a bit more bite. It definitely has a good sound and is easy to play.
It can take a beating too. I'd love to get a signature model one day. These guitars are awesome and from reading the reviews about the new Albert lee guitars they seem similar. Very versatile, easy to play neck.
It blows my mind that were probably only a few hundred dollars new. It's amazing. It hangs with all my other guitars and other ones I've played. I've been tempted to switch out the pickups but don't wanna lose that vintage sound.
Do you guys have pics of your guitars? If you ever have one for sale I will buy it.

Sj 550HR

Could you possibly send me that site so I can date mine as I might sell her to my own chagrin as I'm going sailing. It is indeed a rockin guitar w/the push knob et al.
You send me the site and I'll send you some pics from my laptop as this pc is so slow to do so.
Thanks, Scott

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR I have one :)

I had been playing guitar for about a year on a cheap Sears type acoustic guitar with very high action and decided to buy an electric because I wanted to rock. So there was an ad in the local paper here in Canada for a guitar and amp for $500. The amp was a fender J.A.M. Just a 1x12" solid state but with two inputs and chorus. The guitar was this sunburst, but a tad darker, brown guitar and so beautiful. This guy had bought it new for his son and his son had played it once and didn't like guitar so I basically got it for brand new. The p-90 type pickups are so amazing. It just has this sweet spot and tone that none of my other guitars can get. It has an amazing Les Paul sound and one of my bands is almost like a zeppelin tribute band and it exactly gets the tone.
I've had to replace the push/pull knob (coil tap) and the B and G strings sometimes don't hold their tune but man it rocks. I had it stolen once but luckily got it back. I had taken down our videos on Youtube of us doing Zep but will repost them so guys can see it in action. I have a '96 50th anniversary strat that is awesome and a js1200 satch guitar and they both rock a ton. But there is something about this guitar that just has mojo. It makes a killer blues guitar!!!
If you can find one buy it. This kicks ass on most Les Pauls I've played. Nice to see some fellow players of this guitar. Hard to find any information about it and because I bought my 2nd hand I've never really known much about it other than it just rocks. I make my living from playing guitar and this is one of my main guitars. It looks incredible and it sounds incredible.
Cheers from the Yukon.
Roxx

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: I had mine apprased last year in nevada. they told me that there one of the last guitars made in japan. there all made in china now. they said mine which is in exelent cond. is worth about $250.00 US. : : : : I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
: : : : I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

: : I bought an SJ550HR in the mid eighties and still have it now. It is superb to play and I prefer this to my Fender Strat. I paid over £250 when i had the guitar and the retail price should have in Excess of £300. Dont know if it is worth anything now as you never seem to see any about. Not even on Ebay!!!

: : I wouldnt part with mine for the world and would recommend the guitar to anyone who may be lucky enough to get a chance of buying one

I have a Yamaha sj550HR Tele Deluxe sn# KZHK112 (Made in Japan) Dark Wine color. Twin humbuckers w/ a tune knob pop switch for your front and back pick-ups. a rare fine. let me know if your interested.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: I had mine apprased last year in nevada. they told me that there one of the last guitars made in japan. there all made in china now. they said mine which is in exelent cond. is worth about $250.00 US. : : : : I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
: : : : I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

: : I bought an SJ550HR in the mid eighties and still have it now. It is superb to play and I prefer this to my Fender Strat. I paid over £250 when i had the guitar and the retail price should have in Excess of £300. Dont know if it is worth anything now as you never seem to see any about. Not even on Ebay!!!

: : I wouldnt part with mine for the world and would recommend the guitar to anyone who may be lucky enough to get a chance of buying one

I bought mine new in 1984 for $350.00. Red Chrome. It has aged so sweetly, I would never consider letting it go.
In 1990 I bought a Strat thinking it would become my primary axe and the Yamaha would become the back-up. The Strat has been gone for about 15 years now.
I bought a Les Paul Std about a year and a half ago, again thinking it would become my primary. Its a sweet guitar, but, my Yamaha still get the strings played off it. When I break a string I play the Paul until I get around to putting strings on the Yamaha. The Paul is on its second set of strings in 1 1/2 years, while the SJ has had at least 5 sets.
Anybody that has one and wants to sell it. I will buy it right now. I'd love to have another one, but, you can't find them anywhere. I've been looking. Thats how I found this.

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR(i have one for sale)

: : I had mine apprased last year in nevada. they told me that there one of the last guitars made in japan. there all made in china now. they said mine which is in exelent cond. is worth about $250.00 US. : : : : I have this guitar. The color is a deep brown with twin humbuckers. Can you tell me the date it was maufactured and approximate value. It is in excellent condition.
: : : : : I have one also. Information on this guitar is almost non exisrant. Yamaha is no help at all. I have been told they were only made for a couple of years in the mid 80s. If you can get their history, please let me know.

: : : I bought an SJ550HR in the mid eighties and still have it now. It is superb to play and I prefer this to my Fender Strat. I paid over £250 when i had the guitar and the retail price should have in Excess of £300. Dont know if it is worth anything now as you never seem to see any about. Not even on Ebay!!!

: : : I wouldnt part with mine for the world and would recommend the guitar to anyone who may be lucky enough to get a chance of buying one

: I bought mine new in 1984 for $350.00. Red Chrome. It has aged so sweetly, I would never consider letting it go.
: In 1990 I bought a Strat thinking it would become my primary axe and the Yamaha would become the back-up. The Strat has been gone for about 15 years now.
: I bought a Les Paul Std about a year and a half ago, again thinking it would become my primary. Its a sweet guitar, but, my Yamaha still get the strings played off it. When I break a string I play the Paul until I get around to putting strings on the Yamaha. The Paul is on its second set of strings in 1 1/2 years, while the SJ has had at least 5 sets.
: Anybody that has one and wants to sell it. I will buy it right now. I'd love to have another one, but, you can't find them anywhere. I've been looking. Thats how I found this.

i have one for sale on e-bay......

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

SJ550HR is a top-of-the-line Tele Deluxe. It's got the old design of Seth Lover - bobbins with metal polepieces magnetized by a bar underneath, instead of the very different Fender 'Wide Range" The SJ550 was made with excellent woods and to high specs, and was not super-cheap like a Pacifica, Squier, SX, etc. Fantastically versatile,
believable coil-tapping. Only criticism I can make is a personal preference - I like huge frets, and the SJ doesn't have them.

Looking for more info on my SJ550HR

Hi, I'm hoping to find more info on the SJ550HR. Based on Yamaha's serial number guide (http://www.yamaha.com/yamahaguitars/ElectricandBassGuitarSerialNumberSystems.pdf), mine was made in November of 1984.

I love this guitar! I'd love to find more info (history, variations, etc.) on the entire line, but I haven't found much out there. If anyone knows of books, blog sites, etc., that have detailed info, please post!

Thanks!

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

I just got this from my uncle basement. It look new and play normal but i dont like it much since it dont have the metal sound to it. If i decide to sell it, how much can i get for it?

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

I played bass in the late 1980s and the Yamaha basses were better than the competition at my (cheap) price point, so I already played a BB300 bass. I wanted a versatile guitar, so I eventually acquired an SJ550, and it had a great neck with very precise fretwork, and like Phil said, a really killer coil tap sound. I think it is the second best Tele with humbuckers after the original non-reiss '72 deluxe. I would love to find one in decent condition, email me!
alstead AT gmail DOT com

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

I agree this is a great sounding guitar. I have a strat but i play my Yammy so much more, It would be hard to get this away from me as so many have tried.
Enjoy

Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

: Thanks for posting these messages. I was looking for info on my Yamaha SJ550HR but could not find anything. Apart from the sustain and the overal quality feel, I am amazed by the way it stays in tune.
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: I agree this is a great sounding guitar. I have a strat but i play my Yammy so much more, It would be hard to get this away from me as so many have tried.
: Enjoy

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