Yamaha makes just about everything in Japan from jetskis to motorbikes to cars to keyboards to guitars. You’d think a
company that really doesn’t just hunker down and focus on making one thing would just make cheesy guitars, but that’s
not the case. Yamaha makes some of the most sought-after original guitars out there. For example, the praised SG-3000
is of their own design. So impressed with this model was Carlos Santana, that he commissioned his own version to be built.
They also made some extremely solid and beautiful “Super Axe” guitars, which are essentially Gibson ES-335 models.
Yamaha also dabbled in making “lawsuits” of Fenders and Gibsons in the early 1980’s, the Fenders under the name
“Super R’inRoller” and the Gibsons under the names “Studio Lord” and “Lord Player.” All of these replicas were very
nice, but many were lower-end versions that had unmatched woods, yet played extremely well and sounded amazing.
There were a limited number of really high-end clones produced, and they are out there, somewhere, but surface
infrequently. If I ever have any to offer, they are always the higher-end versions.
If you’d like to learn a little more about some of the Yamaha guitars, click HERE.