Yamaha SA-950

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Yamaha SA-950

Postby bulby » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:35 am

Hi guys,

I'm very happy I've found this forum as I absolutely love MIJ guitars. Since last January I own the Yamaha SA-950 displayed below:

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Here's a video of me playing it.

Needless to say it is the best semi-hollowbody I've ever played and definately the best guitar I've ever owned. The serial number is SYJI086 and according to the seller (meestursparkle from e-bay) it was made in 1992. On the picture and video it still has the original frets but I've had it refretted just recently. The luthier who did it told me that my Yammy was one of the best crafted instruments he ever worked on and that it will definately outlast me! :D

I've been searching the Internet for more information on this particular production run but couldn't really find much. My guess is that it was the successor to the SA-2000 and was replaced by SA-2200? I'd love to hear more about the SA's made in the early 90es from someone more knowledgeable.

P.S. Forgot to mention - I'm currently looking for a used JV Fender strat. If you are offering one please check out this thread. Thanks!
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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby Mimasu » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:14 am

Hi Bulby,

First of all welcome at Japanaxe :D .

Very little information on your SA950. The guitar doesn't even show up in the Yamaha guitarchive (US as well as Japan).

Yamaha stopped making a lot of SA's in 1988 (SA900, 1300, 1800, 2500). I don't have many of catalogs from the early 90's :? . In the 1987 catalog you find a lot af SA's: SA2100, SA2000S, SA1800, SA1200S and SA800. In 1989 Yamaha cut the offered types to two: SA1100 and SA2100. Then there is a 5 year gap in my catalogs (sorry) and the SA2200 is the only SA in my mid 90's catalogs. I think your SA950 might have been a short lived successor of the '88 SA900.

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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby bulby » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:28 pm

Hi Leon! Thanks for the warm welcome and the info you provided :)

Anyway, I guess I was lucky enough to come across a very rare model. It has basically all the same features as the current SA-2200 but with chrome hardware instead of gold and a tobacco sunburst finish.
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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby jvpp » Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:28 am

Hi Bulby,
What a beautiful guitar and I like your your video clip!
I can't help you wrt the SA950 - I did not even realise such a model existed! I have two super axes, an SA60 and an SA1000 which I just bought from Meestursparkle earlier this month.

I just posted a couple of photos but it limited me to under 100KB size. Your photo is much more hi-res (125KB), so don't know what I have done wrong.

Can you tell me what amp you were using in the video. It sounded good. I am looking for another amp and some advice on what brand/model amp goes well with these semi hollow super axes would be good.

Is a refret expensive in your part of the world?

Cheers
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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby bulby » Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:40 am

Hi Sean!

Love your SA60, really sexy axe!

I just posted a couple of photos but it limited me to under 100KB size. Your photo is much more hi-res (125KB), so don't know what I have done wrong.

I have posted an outside link while you are attaching yours, hope this helps.

Can you tell me what amp you were using in the video. It sounded good. I am looking for another amp and some advice on what brand/model amp goes well with these semi hollow super axes would be good

The amp I used in the video is a Fender Superchamp XD with a 10" Eminence Legend speaker. It is a nice little amp, very portable. However, If you like vintage Fender-like tones I can't recommend enough a Traynor YVC40WR. Here's a demo a friend of mine recorded - the same guy who recommended me to get a SA, he owns a SA2200 :) It has great tones and is super affordable.

If you'd like a bigger amp you can also look at the Jet City JCA5212RC combo, it is based after the Soldano Lucky 13 which has one of the most beautiful clean channels ever.

Is a refret expensive in your part of the world?

Don't think so. I paid around 60 euro (~ $80, J50) for a very high quality job by one of our best luthiers and I also know capable guys who charge much less.
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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby jvpp » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:24 am

Thanks for your reply.

A refret for 60 Euro! We are talking removing the frets and replacing with new ones? I'm in NZ but that would cost here between $300-$400 (~150 to 200 Euros).

When I first got the SA60 I thought it would need a refret, as their height above the fret board was about 0.7 mm. But it plays beautifully and low action. So I'm just going to leave it.

Nice amp demo from your mate but a bit too powerful for me.

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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby Mimasu » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:52 pm

bulby wrote:The amp I used in the video is a Fender Superchamp XD with a 10" Eminence Legend speaker. It is a nice little amp, very portable.


Bulby, very good sound on your video.

Sean, also check this topic on that amp:

http://forum.japanaxe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2202

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Re: Yamaha SA-950

Postby bulby » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:45 pm

jvpp wrote:A refret for 60 Euro! We are talking removing the frets and replacing with new ones? I'm in NZ but that would cost here between $300-$400 (~150 to 200 Euros).


Indeed, and includes fretwire and setup :) But salaries are quite low in Bulgaria so it is natural that such services would cost less.

Mimasu wrote:Bulby, very good sound on your video.


Thanks Leon! I've mic'd the amp with a SM57 positioned off axis.
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