Re: Yamaha SJ 180

Posted by Don Bowen on Fri, 02/21/03 - 21:27:13.
In Reply to Yamaha : Yamaha SJ 180

I've been playing around w/ a SJ-180 that I bought used a few years ago.. About a week ago I decided to goto a local shop & hold a few high end models. Everything under a $1000 felt really rough in contrast.

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Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: I've been playing around w/ a SJ-180 that I bought used a few years ago.. About a week ago I decided to goto a local shop & hold a few high end models. Everything under a $1000 felt really rough in contrast.

i love your comments. i feel the same way on my sj180. where do they get the #$%^s to charge the kind of money for guitars that cannot come vaguely close to comparison, in, not only tone, but also volume, resonance, action, etc.
just bought an alvarez with the same attitude. give me a note when you can.
ooyay

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

I've had my SJ-180 since it was bought new September 1983. Like other posts, it was my first guitar too, and for a relatively cheap guitar ($129 w/case) it has developed remarkable tone over the years!! From what I remember, the music store salesman recommended it for me because it was manufactured as a "student sized" model...easy to hold and easier to get around on than a full sized dreadnaught. Anyone who owns one knows well that it is smaller than a dread but still delivers a very round warm, slightly bright tone. This is just one of those perfectly conceived & manufactured instruments that come around once in a lifetime. I also own a Larrivee', a Taylor, & an old Alvarez, all worth over a grand each...but my my SJ-180 is the one I go for most often. It just feels perfect. I have over the years bought used ones for under $100 and given them as gifts to relatives who expressed interest in learning guitar. What else can I say, but kudos to Yamaha for this wonderfully unique instrument.

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

: I've had my SJ-180 since it was bought new September 1983. Like other posts, it was my first guitar too, and for a relatively cheap guitar ($129 w/case) it has developed remarkable tone over the years!! From what I remember, the music store salesman recommended it for me because it was manufactured as a "student sized" model...easy to hold and easier to get around on than a full sized dreadnaught. Anyone who owns one knows well that it is smaller than a dread but still delivers a very round warm, slightly bright tone. This is just one of those perfectly conceived & manufactured instruments that come around once in a lifetime. I also own a Larrivee', a Taylor, & an old Alvarez, all worth over a grand each...but my my SJ-180 is the one I go for most often. It just feels perfect. I have over the years bought used ones for under $100 and given them as gifts to relatives who expressed interest in learning guitar. What else can I say, but kudos to Yamaha for this wonderfully unique instrument.

Familiar story. My older brother bought a new SJ180 in 82, messed with it for a while, and I paid little concern to it. But then many years later I cought the acoustic guitar bug, and my wife asked my brother what happened to that old guitar he had? He made a phone call and had the guitar in my wifes hands to give to me for Christmas. That was about 12 years ago. I was bent on learning to finger pick. I put a lot of hours into it for many years while studying and learning to play. In time I learned that my mass produced budget Yamaha SJ180 was as solid and played and sounded as good or better than most other guitars that I played around with in our local music stores through the years after that. I'll never sell my SJ180, and am extremely proud to own one.

Many years ago, a friend of

Many years ago, a friend of mine offered me his Yamaha SJ 180 for free, and of course I accepted. At the time I was more interested in my electrics and didn't pay much attention to it, but over the past few years I've been playing it nonstop. It has such a rich, warm sound, and now, whenever I go to Guitar Center to check out higher-end brands, such as Taylor or Gibson, I don't see any compelling reason to upgrade. Grab one if you get the chance!

Yamaha SJ180 for sale

We have a 1983 Yamaha SJ180 guitar and hard lined case for sale. It was my wife's and she never took to playing the instrument. It has sat in our closet for lo these many years. Now it is time for it to find a good home. Asking $100.

SJ180

Hi John;

Do you still have the guitar for sale? What kind of shape is it in?

Thanks for your time,

Mike

sj 180 yamaha guitar with case

Hi
We have the same guitar and case with same story. Bought it for Mom who never got around to learning. Both guitar and case are in Excellent Shape.
$100.00 plus shipping
Brian

Yamaha sj 180

I'll buy the Yamaha SJ 180 if you still have it for sale.....mark

mdhonze@gmail.com

Re: Yamaha SJ 180

just bought a pristine sj-180 today off of craigslist with serial #22017055 which seems to indicate, via yamaha seial # wizard that it was produced in 1982....or 1992 as the serial #s run in 10 year cycles. i am pretty sure that these guitars were produced only until 1991 which makes mine an '82.

as for value...it's relative, but these guitars really age well and have a clean, even, and somewhat jangly 70's tone which i love! not many people want to give them up . i got mine for$95 with a hard case, and even equipped with a pickup which was a nice bonus. set it up with some martin medium phosphor bronze strings and the sound is clear and bright with the action easy for finger pickin'. made in taiwan but with the yamaha chrome cast tuners it stays in tune well. love this guitar and i will never sell this one.

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