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Since 1887, when it began producing reed organs, the Yamaha Corporation in Japan (then Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd.) has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments, and a leading producer of audio/visual products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots.

Yamaha now owns 59 subsidiaries and affiliates in overseas markets in addition to numerous related companies in Japan.

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What have I got?

I would like any info out there on on this Yamaha acoustic Young Jin ,modle 401, inspected by Young, made in Korea, 1962. That is all I know about it.

Re: What have I got?

Hey, I found the same guitar and can't find anything about it. It says "Young jin 1962" on the headstock and most of the asian writing is missing inside. If you can find out anything about this acoustic, I would greatly appreciate it!

Re: What have I got?

: Hey, I found the same guitar and can't find anything about it. It says "Young jin 1962" on the headstock and most of the asian writing is missing inside. If you can find out anything about this acoustic, I would greatly appreciate it!

I bought a Young jin in Korea in 1991, a 12-string. Nice sunburst and sweet sound when played lightly and tuned often. The guitar shop in Korea and some folks since said it was built as a sample by an individual guitar maker trying to show his talents and wares as he applies for jobs to the larger Korean, Japanese and American companies building guitars in Korea. How do yours sound and what shape are they in?

Re: What have I got?

i recently bought a guitar at a garage sale.it looks like a martin d-28.it appears to be hand made with high quality woods.it has the yamaha emblem.it is signed inside with a blue inkpen.the label inside isprinted with the name young jin and is signed young.the name yamaha is printed along the neck and the name young jin 1962 is printed lenghtwise under it.it also has around the name yamaha a emblem with horses similar to the emblem on a pack of pell mell cigaretes.it has mother of pearl in a diamond pattern on the neck.it is in very good shape with exception of a plastic piece on the head and on the adjustible bridge.it needs 1 small piece of mother of pearl.doe's anybody have any info.at all on the guitar or approx.value.

9 string yamaha acoustic

i recently aquired this guitar.fantastic build quality.i'm unable to find any details.Local Yamaha dealers are unsure,internet search is a brick wall,who is,was,Young Jin ?Why 9 string (E,A,Dsingle/G,B,E twinned)? is it a Yamaha?is it 1962 build?It is certainly rare and hand built (olive body/ebony fretboard) to a very high standard.The tone is superb.I am not a guitar freak but am absolutely fascinated by this instrument.can anyone shed any light?I will certainly be grateful if you can.
Best Regards

Bill

Yamaha SG500 Guitar 1981 for sale

White with black edging, 2 humbuckers, very good condition for age in original case with Floyd Ross tremolo. offers over £300.

Re: Yamaha SG500 Guitar 1981 for sale

: White with black edging, 2 humbuckers, very good condition for age in original case with Floyd Ross tremolo. offers over £300.

do you still have your guitar to sell ?

Yamaha Electric Guitar 1981 SG500 for sale

White with black edging, 2 humbuckers, very good condition for age in original case with Floyd Ross tremolo. offers over £300.

Yamaha Electric Guitar 1981 SG500 for sale

White with black edging, 2 humbuckers, very good condition for age in original case with Floyd Ross tremolo. offers over £300.

Yamaha SJ 180

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I have had this sj180 for about 15 years, bought it used and it has developed a great tone. However I have found nothing about it in all of my searches. Can anyone give me an idea when it was made and what it might be worth?
Thanks

Re: Yamaha SJ 180 Price (OOPS)

I purchased my Yamaha SJ-180 NEW in 1982 for $150.00. No case. This guitar is my sentimental favorite. I would NEVER sell it. It has a great tone.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Hey all. My mom bought an SJ 180 years ago - she can't remember how much, but says it wasn't much. I don't know a lot about guitars considering I'm a beginner, but I was wondering whether all of these models would be set up to use the same gauge of strings. I've had the same strings for a while now and I think the sound would improve if I changed them. However, people have told me that the guitar would be adjusted to a certain type of string, so I'm not sure which to go with. Any suggestions?

P.S. Even though I'm new to guitars, this one sounds just as good as others I've played which are more expensive and/or newer

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Funny to come across this site.... I found one in the closet of an apartment I moved into in NYC. I wish I knew how to play so i could appreciate it. Instead I was looking for info so I could sell. Like all of you... this is all the info to be found.
Jenn

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Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I bought my SJ 180 in 1981 at The Horn Shoppe in Corpus Christi, TX. I can't remember what I paid, but it did not come with a case. My 17 year old daughter has been playing it daily for years. Her guitar teacher tried to get us to part with it, but it's destined for the next generation.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

wow , what a common fortune we all have . I love my mystical acoustic SJ 180 as well. I bought it new in 1982 for $130.00 at the age of 16. It is the one I learned to play on .It is the only one I play .

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Glad to see all this talk about a guitar model I've tried to find info on for the last few years with no avail. My older brother bought a used one in the early '80s and it is what I learned on. I was lucky to find one through a girlfreind's freind who sold it to me for $75. Its tone has definately grown sweeter through the years. I also noticed that my brother's (which he keeps in a closet) doesn't sound as sweet. this could be due to his not playing much. I play it almost every day and it still sounds good even after dropping and cracking the back corner.
I have had players ask where I got it and comment on its wonderfully bright tone through the years and I'll never sell it!!

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

like many of you I too can not find out about this model. I have found one on Ebay at 600+$ and saw on listed in 250 range. dont expect any dealer to give ant thing close to a good price on one. with this model you would be better advised to sell it on the open market. I bought mine new in an army PX dont remember the price in spring 1983. and many of you have said tone gets better with age. it does not compare with my guilds for folk sound but a high treble makes it great for accoustic lead and I have had players tell me they prefer it over the guilds.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: like many of you I too can not find out about this model. I have found one on Ebay at 600+$ and saw on listed in 250 range. dont expect any dealer to give ant thing close to a good price on one. with this model you would be better advised to sell it on the open market. I bought mine new in an army PX dont remember the price in spring 1983. and many of you have said tone gets better with age. it does not compare with my guilds for folk sound but a high treble makes it great for accoustic lead and I have had players tell me they prefer it over the guilds.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Try a Pawn Shop. I just found one in Silver Spring MD for $89. The label inside gives a date of Sep 14 83

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I have a Yamaha SJ-180 that is in mint condition and has not been used for years if anyone is interested. contact me at the e-mail listed

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: I have a Yamaha SJ-180 that is in mint condition and has not been used for years if anyone is interested. contact me at the e-mail listed

interested...do you have a few nice pics to go along with your sale?
thanks..
ooyay

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I bought mine in 1982 (in UK). It cost me 125 pounds, which was more than I earned in a month at the time! The SJ range were entry level acoustics, and the sj180 was the top end. The cheapest one was about 70 quid and didn't have the same smooth action and tonal qualities (a maye of mine had one and it looked identical, but was far rougher).
I've often wondered if its worth anything, because the guitar gets better as it gets older. Professional musician friends of mine who have played it really like it, and place it in the mid range of decent guitars (just below an Ovation!)
cheers
Jon
Haworth Yorkshire
ps: just bought a resonator, different kind of guitar but a lot of fun and looks to die for!

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I received A SJ-180 For christmas about 8 years ago. My uncle was the origonal owner. He said it was his first guitar. i've really enjoy it. It has a few nicks but in pretty good shape.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Here is a link I ran across while trying to find out about an sj-400s. It may give some insite to the sj's history. It not much, but it may help.

http://www.yamaha-music.co.uk/insession/acoustic/fg_mini_catalog.pdf

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I just picked up a used SJ-180 yesterday for 89.00 at a guitar shop here in MD. The moment I picked it up and started playing it I fell in love with it's tonal quality. An excellent bargain, as far as anything worthy of the history of this guitar, I am about as stumped as the rest of you.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: I have had this sj180 for about 15 years, bought it used and it has developed a great tone. However I have found nothing about it in all of my searches. Can anyone give me an idea when it was made and what it might be worth?

: Thanks

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

My brother has an sj180 ..we know it was made in 1980 but we hit a stone wall after that..we cannot seem to find any info..

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

My brother Scott and I recieved guitars for Christmas back in 1978, I chose the FG331, and Scott chose the SJ180, (it was a pickout which one you want situation <grin>) however, I've been able to properly date my guitar as being made on Novemeber the 6th, 1978 and it's "unit" # 112, but Scott's SJ180 ? I cannot find any information on it. I have a pending e-mail at Yamaha waiting to see what information they can give me on the SJ180. I'll be sure to give pass on to all of you whatever info that I recieve from Yamaha. Both Scott and I still own those guitars as we both love them !
Ron,

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: My brother Scott and I recieved guitars for Christmas back in 1978, I chose the FG331, and Scott chose the SJ180, (it was a pickout which one you want situation <grin>) however, I've been able to properly date my guitar as being made on Novemeber the 6th, 1978 and it's "unit" # 112, but Scott's SJ180 ? I cannot find any information on it. I have a pending e-mail at Yamaha waiting to see what information they can give me on the SJ180. I'll be sure to give pass on to all of you whatever info that I recieve from Yamaha. Both Scott and I still own those guitars as we both love them !
: Ron,

I have a Yamaha SJ180 that was given to me from family memebers back in 1986. I wrote to Yamaha and they did respond with some info. I'll have to look for it though did you hear anything? Let me know. I like that guitar too.
Bob

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

i have a sj180, i wanna sell it, but people keep asking me -what year is it- end questions like that and i just don´t know. i was triying to find info, but there is nothing. if someone findsl out something, let me know. and by the way, its a beautiful guitar.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

What a re you asking for the SJ-180?

Peter Haskell

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

It is good to know that I am not alone in my quest for information on the SJ-180. Purchased mine in the fall of 1982 and have been trying to score some insight into it for the past few years. I have friends who have FG'S and the like but have never seen another 180 until I found this thread. If I find anything out I will be sure to post for all 180 owners to read.

Kevin

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Yamaha Acousic Guitar - $150 (berkeley)

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Reply to: sale-142223231@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-03-15, 2:23PM PST

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar, model SJ 180
natural wood finish with black pick gard and steel strings
comes with hard caring case.

it's in great condition. i inherited it from my ex and it has been sitting in its case unplayed for several years.
i'd like to give it a good home where it will be used. price is negotiable.

email or call 510-684-2442

Posted by: Leo

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Hi I have an SJ-180 also and looking for information on them too. I live in Maine and would love any infor you might have for me. Drop me an E-Mail at packers1@gwi.net, please out sj180 in subject line.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Scott, i have the same problem. Have had an sj 180 for a couple of years and know nothing about it.
Please e-mail me if you found out anything.

Thanks,
Mike Putnam

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I have an SJ-180 too lol very Ironic that we all have this guitar but I have had tons of people who has played it say it is a good guitar and I would not part with it because they don't make them anymore, but i wouldn't sell mine anywayz. Thnx

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I bought a sj-180 guitar in 1982 but never learned how to play it. Recently I retrieved it from the closet to make a 2nd attempt at it. I e-mailed Yamaha.com inquiring about the guitar. The reply said the sj-i80's were made between 1981-91 and retailed for 210.00 USA$$$. Laminated spruce tops. That's all I found out from them.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

:I bought my sj-180 in 1984 for 125.00.It was damaged in shipping.The neck was broken and it had a lot of scratches and dings.The repair job on the neck has held after all these years.It has stickers all over the top ,looks awful and sounds great.I would never part with it.A set of martin silk and steels really makes it sound sweet.I hope everyone who owns one of these has the same passion for a truly great guitar. I bought a sj-180 guitar in 1982 but never learned how to play it. Recently I retrieved it from the closet to make a 2nd attempt at it. I e-mailed Yamaha.com inquiring about the guitar. The reply said the sj-i80's were made between 1981-91 and retailed for 210.00 USA$$$. Laminated spruce tops. That's all I found out from them.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: :I bought my sj-180 in 1984 for 125.00.It was damaged in shipping.The neck was broken and it had a lot of scratches and dings.The repair job on the neck has held after all these years.It has stickers all over the top ,looks awful and sounds great.I would never part with it.A set of martin silk and steels really makes it sound sweet.I hope everyone who owns one of these has the same passion for a truly great guitar. I bought a sj-180 guitar in 1982 but never learned how to play it. Recently I retrieved it from the closet to make a 2nd attempt at it. I e-mailed Yamaha.com inquiring about the guitar. The reply said the sj-i80's were made between 1981-91 and retailed for 210.00 USA$$$. Laminated spruce tops. That's all I found out from them.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: : :I bought my sj-180 in 1984 for 125.00.It was damaged in shipping.The neck was broken and it had a lot of scratches and dings.The repair job on the neck has held after all these years.It has stickers all over the top ,looks awful and sounds great.I would never part with it.A set of martin silk and steels really makes it sound sweet.I hope everyone who owns one of these has the same passion for a truly great guitar.this nis the end of my comments.sorry for the screw up on the message before mine I bought a sj-180 guitar in 1982 but never learned how to play it. Recently I retrieved it from the closet to make a 2nd attempt at it. I e-mailed Yamaha.com inquiring about the guitar. The reply said the sj-i80's were made between 1981-91 and retailed for 210.00 USA$$$. Laminated spruce tops. That's all I found out from them.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I have an SJ-180 as well. I am looking to trade up, but I have no clue what year it is or what it is worth. It is in great shape. Any ideas on where to find info about it?

Thanks,
Jay

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Wow, I have an SJ-180 too. I'm not looking to part with it. I didn't know it was a popular model #. My guitar teacher took me to buy it years ago. Cool!

Jen

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Re: Yamaha SJ 180

You think you guys have problems. I've owned mine for 18 years and I've broken one of the tuning keys and am now trying to find a spare one! Impossible to find anyhting about this guitar!!!

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Got mine in a pawn shop for $70, restrung it, and it just shines. Luv this giter......

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I also have an sj 180 and I can't find any info on it, But I love this guitar and will not part with it

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I just bought one used at the guitar store accross the store. I guess I'll have to follow this thread.

Yamaha SA-90 info ?

I only recentley found out the model # of my guitar , was told it was an AE but it;s SA-90. Does any one have info on this guitar. Ray posted a Yamaha japan site that has pic's (thanks again Ray) but little other info that I can dechiper.
cheers

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