Yamaha SA2200?

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  1. Marc Morfei

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    I have liked my Epiphone ES339 semi-hollow well enough. Very well, especially considering the price. But I have been distracted by wondering what a better semi-hollow would be like. So I have been trying out every one I can get my hands on. (Which is hard, because most of them are not in stock anywhere.) I tried Gibsons, Ibanez, PRS, Gretsch, maybe a couple others. None of them made we want to trade in my Epiphone (even though, yes, some of them were obviously better).

    Then I stumbled on the Yamaha SA2200 at my local GC. I did not even know this guitar existed. And in fact I could not find any one of these in stock at any other store within 100 miles of here. Anyway, this guitar blew me away. Everything about it was great. The feel, the sound, the quality, the pickups, you name it. It was like a perfect guitar. It even has coil splitting with push-pull pots, which is a feature the Gibsons and most of the others do not have. I was not necessarily looking for something ES335 styled. But it was so good I would have bought it on the spot, except it had a problem with the switch -the neck pickup would cut in and out every so often. They said they would fix it, but I did not trust GC to do that, especially given the difficulty of working on SHs.

    So I went on Reverb and found one used, and ordered it last night. Fingers crossed. I am not a fan of ordering guitars sight-unseen. But there was no other way. Sweetwater does not carry this guitar (which I would trust for online more then GC or MF). And the used one I bought comes with a case, which the new guitar does not.

    Does anyone have the Yamaha SA2200? Opinions and impressions? This is twice as much money than I ever imagined I would spend on a guitar. So if I'm disappointed I will have a much harder time flipping it. But this guitar really impressed me.
     
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    Yes.
    Bought new at the end of 2020. MF.

    Always a Fender 25.5" scale type of guy, since the late sixties!

    It's everything you say: very rich, versatile, and the coil taps work really good too.

    The workwomanship is top-notch, unbelievable.
    As also the workmanship is too :)

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    Gorgeous!

    FWIW, I haven't played on an SA2200. I have owned a number of Yamaha guitars over the years, and every single one was built to the being among the best in the given price range. If this is a guitar for life, you can't go wrong.
     
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    Ty!!
     
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    Please give us a headstock shot! Yamaha's top cut is the best take on the Gibson design that I've seen.
     
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    The best 335-style guitar I've ever played was a Yamaha SA2000. I love the ebony fretboard. I've played a few SA's and a few SG's from that era and they've been great guitars.
     
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    Ι have a late 70s 1200s (solid spruce top), it makes every Gibson ES335 player who plays it REALLY sad.

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    REALLY nize!!

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    I had an SA2000 for many years and sold it last year. Always wanted a Gibson 335. Bought the SA2000 in '96. I kept playing 335's in music stores and never found one I liked as much as my SA2000. You should like it. sa2000.jpg
     
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    Truly great guitars.
    I had the spruce top variant.
    Shoulda’ held on to it.
    Doh!
     
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    Still got my 1982 SA2000S with the solid spruce top. My number 1 electric.

    I picked up an late 70s or early 80s SA1000 with the dot ebony board last year. Unfortunately it does not have the splittable pickups . Still plays and sounds wonderful.

    Those guitars represent Japanese craftsmanship at its finest. One problem most of them suffer from is clouding under the finish.
     
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    I had an '88 SA2100 for a long time. Great guitars, every bit the player a 335 is. (I had a 335TD for a while, too.)

    I actually prefer the slightly-pointy horns on the Yammy as well.
     
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