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Yamaha SBG3000

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Yamaha SBG3000 New at last winter's NAMM Show, the SBG3000 solid-body electric guitar commemorates the 40th year that Yamaha began selling guitars in the United States. There will be only 40 of these limited edition collector's items--a model that has never before been available in this country. Each guitar is serialized and comes with a special glass display case alone worth $400.

You might know that the SBG line was originally issued in the mid-1970s and was prized for incredible sustain as played by legendary artists like Carlos Santana and Bob Marley. Yamaha reissued the SBG2000 and SBG1000 in 2007 and were both faithful reproductions of the classic originals.

Skilled master luthiers at the famed Yamaha Music Craft in Hamamatsu, Japan individually handcraft the SBG3000. It's a through-the-neck-through body design with a carved maple top over a maple/mahogany body and high-grade ebony fretboard over select maple/mahogany neck. You get the proprietary Yamaha Alnico V Covered Humbucker pickups, gold precise torque tuning machines and a low-mass bridge, along with mother-of-pearl/abalone inlays, position markers and binding.

SBG guitars are made using Yamaha's Initial Response Acceleration. This technique speeds the maturing process of the guitar allowing newly built instruments to develop their own unique personality faster--they feel and play like they've been played for years. Initial Response Acceleration also brings out the guitar's tonal sweet spots, increases the stability and strength of the wood, and offers protection against cracking, splitting and decay.

The SBG3000 will be available in Black Metallic, Gold and Wine Red. For more information, visit

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