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NYGeorge wrote:Do you know if the SAS series is the same size as the Image? They look very similar style wise.
The MSG/Image is a Gibson 335/339 (ish) shaped solid guitar, thinner and smaller body .....

The SAS models are the small bodied SA series, so , yes, they just might be close to the same size.

How close :?: , I don't know for sure since I havn't tried or owned either, so far. :wink:


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To the OP, yes I have seen a TSG (I am the poster referred to in the jgf thread, and the poster on harmony central on the YEG-100a).

I am very surprised there isn't just a little more info about the TSG out there - there are after all 60 of them. There is some info in Japanese on the web, but not a lot. And there is a bit in a Yamaha guide published in Japanese a bunch of years ago.

The little hook at the top is kind of weird but I ended up liking it. And the yellow-amber color is really quite nice; the grain is beautiful and the top has a great feel. It's not light. But it's pretty. And it sustains.

There is almost no information out there about the YEG-100a, Japanese or English. It indeed was 800,000 yen MSRP (I have the tag) but I have to imagine that it was sold directly to buyers at a slight discount (at the time in Japan Yammy sold this kind of custom guitar only to 'special' dealers who could pre-arrange buyers (or were willing to buy it on spec)). I have spoken to Yamaha about it and internally they appear to have no records remaining - it's probably just a matter of finding the right person there by luck. The TSGs are numbered (in the bottom MOP piece in the fretboard). The YEG-100a is not numbered anywhere as far as I can tell. Reportedly there were 59 (some people say 60) of the TSG made (it may be the same number as Yammy reportedly takes the first one off the line for itself). There were reportedly 20 YEG-100as made but I've only ever seen or heard of two (all the color pics on the web that I have seen come from the same two guitars).

The Yamaha Limited Edition guitars are very, very well-made in general - beautiful wood and beautiful workmanship. All the higher end SGs (and SAs and AEs) are really nicely made. I have a TSG, a YEG-100a, and an SG-25S (in blue) - as well as an SG-3000 (black), a SG-2000 (red), a VSG, and then an AE-18 and an SA-2200. I'd love an SG-2004 in amber, but I passed on the only one I saw because I had just bought the TSG and wasn't feeling so flush. I would love an SG-T2 but there are more 'replica SG-T2s' out there now than there are real ones I bet. I am partial to the Weddingtons too but they are tough to find. And I'd love a red SG-175. But I'm waiting for the right one.


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Hi Travisty,
Welcome to the forum! The YEG-100a is certainly a uniquely beautiful guitar, a center piece of any collection. Can you share a little bit about the woods used,specs and definitely some pictures would be appreciated. Thank-You.

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I am away from my TSG but I have the YEG-100a on-hand.
It has a (two piece) flamed maple carved top with mahogany body, ebony fretboard, active pickups which I think are pretty great. The LEDs of course, which one could take or leave.
I can't remember if I have ever seen a proper set of specs, but I'll dig.

The pic on page1 of this thread is a great picture of the guitar as a whole so I'll leave it there.
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Hello Travisty,
WOW, what a beautiful guitar! Thank-You for posting pictures. It is truly a guitar that brings on the G.A.S. and while I will probably never have the opportunity to own or play one, I can only dream.


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That is a beautiful guitar but the headstock looks very like something Burns would make (that is a good thing).


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Yamaha HR-1 , Not that rare, but worth another look.

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Here's a cool Yamaha guitar showing another bold design. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1bw5c_jgdY

Some of the specs:
Locking nut , Rockin' Magic II tremolo bridge with built in piezo pickup , active humbucker pickups , compression , built in tuner ......

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Hi Peter,
A very nice looking guitar, I saw a guitar on auction that caught my eye, but had neck pickup replaced. After reading your post I double checked and it would appear it is the stripped down version of the HR-I ? https://www.jauce.com/auction/e180575174

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jeff-carolina wrote:Hi Peter,
A very nice looking guitar, I saw a guitar on auction that caught my eye, but had neck pickup replaced. After reading your post I double checked and it would appear it is the stripped down version of the HR-I ? https://www.jauce.com/auction/e180575174

Jeff
That's the HR-3 , same shape, but not nearly as fancy.
On the other hand, less electronics to battle with if it gives up. :?

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hi all, I'm a bit late the party with this thread but only just dicovered this forum while trawling for guitar parts.. The HR-1 that his featured in this thread is now living with me :-) I bought it from the fellowship of acoustics a couple of years back.. I hate looking at those photos of it apart but I can assure you at all still works perfectly. I also have a HR-3 that is as you mentioned a base model but it has been my work in progress for a couple of years now and is now fitted with a fernandes sustainer and eighties original floyd rose.


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kyoji fan wrote: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:22 pm hi all, I'm a bit late the party with this thread but only just dicovered this forum while trawling for guitar parts.. The HR-1 that his featured in this thread is now living with me :-) I bought it from the fellowship of acoustics a couple of years back.. I hate looking at those photos of it apart but I can assure you at all still works perfectly. I also have a HR-3 that is as you mentioned a base model but it has been my work in progress for a couple of years now and is now fitted with a fernandes sustainer and eighties original floyd rose.
Welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

You're welcome to tell us more about those fab guitars.
It will be VERY INTERESTING to know more.

BTW. Lucky You ((i)) :D :clap:

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Buzzard wrote: Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:48 am
kyoji fan wrote: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:22 pm hi all, I'm a bit late the party with this thread but only just dicovered this forum while trawling for guitar parts.. The HR-1 that his featured in this thread is now living with me :-) I bought it from the fellowship of acoustics a couple of years back.. I hate looking at those photos of it apart but I can assure you at all still works perfectly. I also have a HR-3 that is as you mentioned a base model but it has been my work in progress for a couple of years now and is now fitted with a fernandes sustainer and eighties original floyd rose.
Welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

You're welcome to tell us more about those fab guitars.
It will be VERY INTERESTING to know more.

BTW. Lucky You ((i)) :D :clap:

Best Regards
Peter
Cheers :)
well as far as what to look for if one pops up, the electronics is easily repairable as all the components such as caps and transistors are still available, the guitar has an on board compressor, built in tuner, leds on the position markers down the side of the neck which can be turned on and of by the little switch near the jack socket and a set of peizo pickups in the tremolo unit, these are worth checking if you are buying as over time these can fail giving an uneven sound with some strings louder than others. components for the bridge are obsolete and the easiest cure is a graphtech ghost replacement tremolo witch does fit but requires removal of the plastic trem cavity liner.
My hr-3 is on the bench for more mods over crimbo as I'm swapping out the bridge pickup with a dimarzio evolution humbucker and I'm scalloping between the top eight frets to improve string bending, also considering a refinish as I hate my rattle can finish after the first lot of mods fitting the sustainer. :)


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