Re: Yamaha SJ550HR

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Posted by Phil Mossman on Mon, 05/05/08 - 23:18:40.

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.

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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

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