I did it again....2009 SG2000

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I did it again....2009 SG2000

Unread post by Cuthbert » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:20 pm

After the happy experience with the 3000 I became completely bought by the qualities of these Yamaha SGs, therefore when I found a 2000 locally I tried it an pulled the trigger (after having sold few other instruments).

Like the 3000 it belongs to the last production year, this one has been obviously used, not abused, by somebody with a quite acid sweat I would say: bridge, stopbar and the brass block are heavily tarnished, I tried to clean them but I am afraid the gold plating will disappear.

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As soon as I arrived home I started the cleaning operation and installing a new set of strings.

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My search for clarifications regarding the pickups used by the 2000 and 3000 didn't move much, those PUs are simply stamped "SG", however the guitar is wildly different from the 3000, more alike a Les Paul than to the top of the line Yamaha. The 2000 sounds more rock'n'roll, output is also lower.

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Pictures of the tarnished block:

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The guitar ready to play!

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Closeup of the nut and fingerboard:

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2000 & 3000:

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This is the back, the tobacco finish is dark but you can see the neck through construction:

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And yes, I got this one because I like the colour a lot, much more than the Yamaha cherry sunburst:

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The headstock looks like the 3000 one:

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In conclusion, I am still playing it but it feels like an improved version of a Les Paul Custom, even if it's used fit and finish is top notch. I installed different strings (D'addario XL vs. Ernie Ball), I don't know if just them can make such a difference but this doesn't sound anything like 3000. The two guitars completement each other. What does it miss? IMO a flame top...I never understood why Yamaha was so reticent in using flame maple (besides the 1996 and few others) but on the other side I don't understand why they were discontinued either.

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Re: I did it again....2009 SG2000

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:07 pm

Whooo ((i)) HNGD … AGAIN :D

You sure know how to pick 'em. Congrats.

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Re: I did it again....2009 SG2000

Unread post by Cuthbert » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:25 pm

Buzzard wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:07 pm
Whooo ((i)) HNGD … AGAIN :D

You sure know how to pick 'em. Congrats.

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Thanks Buzzard, I was lucky I assume to find this one close to home and also relatively recent, I had already tried a vintage 2000 but it was a very worn out guitar like most of those you see for sale online.
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Re: I did it again....2009 SG2000

Unread post by TheSupposedStringMeister » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:32 am

I think that one looks stunning! Congrats. Frets look like new, fretboard looks great. WIll you reveal how much you paid for it?
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Re: I did it again....2009 SG2000

Unread post by Cuthbert » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:21 pm

TheSupposedStringMeister wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:32 am
I think that one looks stunning! Congrats. Frets look like new, fretboard looks great. WIll you reveal how much you paid for it?
Frets are good, a little oxidised but I didn't have anything to clean then, however no need for dressing, I don't know which alloys they used but they feel hard and durable. The ebony of the 3000 is slightly higher grade, but this one is not bad either, like the mahogany of the back that I cannot see on the 3000. The guitar is also slightly lighter, about 4.2 kg.

I paid 1450 euros for this one, including case but without cable, truss rod key and the certificate the guitar came with when new, to buy it I had to sell my beloved 1984 Kramer Baretta....she will be missed but I have too many guitars, so when one gets is another one must get out.
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Re: I did it again....2009 SG2000

Unread post by Mimasu » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:03 pm

Looks like a great couple ((i))

What's next on the list :D

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