Yamaha/Nippon Gakki solid electric guitar

Posted by Phil Beaumont on Wed, 01/12/05 - 11:58:29.

I have a triple pickup, solid body guitar made by nippon gakki early seventies. Have seen it once in a guitar book, but never seen one 'in the flesh'. I think the model is an SG5A, because it looks very similar to one shown on a 'Hard Rock Cafe' pin badge used by Bon Jovi. Anyone able to give me any more details? p.s: havre already tried yamaha's serial number wizard - no joy with ser. No. 7305.



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Re: Yamaha/Nippon Gakki solid electric guitar

: I have a triple pickup, solid body guitar made by nippon gakki early seventies. Have seen it once in a guitar book, but never seen one 'in the flesh'. I think the model is an SG5A, because it looks very similar to one shown on a 'Hard Rock Cafe' pin badge used by Bon Jovi. Anyone able to give me any more details? p.s: havre already tried yamaha's serial number wizard - no joy with ser. No. 7305.

Hey Phil,

The Yamaha SG5A was first produced in the 1960's and from your serial number I would say yours is a 60's model. They are known as the "Flying Samuri" because of the exaggerated lower horn. Check out my website VintAxe.com for leads on more information. SB

Yamaha SG5A

I have one of these in sunburst, serial number 2467, I have no idea of its real age.

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