The History of Yamaha Guitars
This museum showcases historical models of Yamaha guitars from the past 50 years.
- pre-1966DYNAMIC GUITAR No.80
This was Yamaha's first acoustic guitar, manufactured after establishing a dedicated Guitar Division in 1966. Rather than copying overseas models, the development team used a proprietary design based on human engineering. Shown here is a model featuring the popular inner label that came to be known as the “red label.”
Yamaha’s first electric guitars officially launched in April 1966 under the names S302 and S201, which were changed one month later to SG-3 and SG-2. They featured original designs for the tremolo unit, neck joint system, and pickups, demonstrating Yamaha's penchant for individuality and innovation from our very first models.
- 1968SB7A CAB
This is one of the custom models in the L series. The guitars in this series collectively took on the peculiar name (in Japanese) of the “four L Devas” and were only sold for a four-year and nine-month period from November 1975 to July 1980. The asymmetrical body and uniquely shaped headstock make for a characteristic appearance that stands out even today. This guitar excels at nuanced expression thanks to its design emphasis on sound quality and overall balance.
- 1976SG2000 BS
With its name standing for “Super Combinator,” the SC-1200 was the pinnacle of the SC series with its unique neck-through structure. Features included distinctive bar magnets for the pickups plus the ability to create 13 sound variations with three connected mini toggle switches for the three pickups.
- 1982SG3000 WR
- 1989IMAGE DELUXE
Our flagship model with a distinctive body that came on the market as electric guitars started to boom in popularity. Shown here is a 1995 remake of the 1965 prototype: the neck pickup is not slanted, the color is moss green (which never made it to market), and there is no fingerboard binding—all features that differ from the model launched in 1966.
The SG175, designed and developed specifically for Carlos Santana, was dubbed the "Buddha SG." The distinctive body inlay work featuring a Buddha image that was intended to convey the high quality of Japanese products to the world. The model shown commemorated 30 years of Yamaha electric guitars in 1995 and was issued and sold in Japan only.
The first model in the CPX series, which served as a compass directing a new generation of guitars excelling in both sound and design. The fret markers are decorated with international signal flags and the guitar featured a 2-way pickup system with a piezo pickup and condenser mic to deliver on the development concept of producing a natural acoustic guitar sound.