Thank you, Leon!
You are very kind person!
I owned 3 Yamahas already, Super R'n'Roller 400, Studio Lord 430 and SL-700. First two I decided to change. SR-400 had a bit twisted heck and sen-body sound for my taste wasn't so deep (as my ash-bodied Custom Shop Fender), but had remarkable high ranges. SL-430 I changed because it sounded not so good as SL-700 (possibly because of aghatis body and bolt-on neck). I'm so sorry, that I have never owhed Gibson LP Custom to make test. In russian forums they usually compare and think what is better to buy - Gibby Studio, or Yamaha custom (both cost here in russia near $800-1000 used, of course). I owhed Gibson LP standard 2003 and really was not so amazed with the overtones, I love Yamaha in this case.
It is generally agreed that these MIT guitars had the same high quality as the MIJ guitars.
I've heard so. Here in Russia it was the most popular and even cult rock band Kino (with Victor Tsoy, that died in 1990). Band's guitarist Gasparyan played Taiwan's 1984 Yamaha SG, and that's why it became cult
instrument in Russia. Not so many people here know Santana, but everybody loves Kino.
BTW, Yamahas is quite popular in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine...... as well as Greco and other JV. But not top models, because a lot of people are very poor here, and a few musicians can buy Gibson or RPS... My friend, very good specialist in psychology, that worked in top clinic in Belarus for near 30 years have income near $ 150 monthly. It is very typical.
Are there more pics of that guitar. I've never seen that kind of back of a Yamaha headstock. Are you sure it's a SL headstock?
Yes, it's Studio Lord, but possibly fake? I've seen here in www near 10 such guitars:http://www.shamray-shop.ru/catalog/elec ... sold/2247/http://www.shamray-shop.ru/catalog/elec ... sold/3449/
there are a couple of them.
I hope you get your SF1000 soon. Let us know how you like it
I will be proud to post pics etc. Hope I will like it, but for pity it has not original PUs, they are changed to Seymous Duncans. I don't know why, but i've seen in www a lot of SF's with changed PU's. Possibly they are noisy on highgain or something like that?
My SL-700 have serial 001312, SF will have serial 002225.
I'll try to contact Yamaha UK, possibly they really can tell something about that numbers.
According to your link serials, in 1976-80 Yamaha produced just 4000 guitars, it means that in general was just near 200 of each model. If it is so, it's really great, it's real custom shop
Have a nice holidays!