Bill Alston

The Yamaha Super Axe series

These pages are a constantly changing project If you can add to or correct any of my information please contact me by E-mail from my contact page.

In the early 90s I bought a Yamaha SA1200s it had belonged to a professional jazz musician who thought he was upgrading by changing to a Gibson. Everything about this guitar screams quality and by all accounts this is true even at the lower end of the range. I still have this guitar and it would be the last guitar in my collection that I would ever sell.

My Yamaha SA1200S

I see a bewildering variety of SA models for sale and on the web. I decided I would try and make a resource to gather together as much information about these as possible. I discovered early in this that there is a wonderful website by TheSupposedStringMeister dedicated to pre 1977 SAs. You must visit his site here


I will concentrate on the models from 1977 onwards except that because they are not included in the SupposedStringMeister's site I will include the SA15 and 15d which date from 1968. Information is from personal experience and discussion, Japanese and English Yamaha Catalogues, Yamaha Archives and photographs. Sometimes there is information from good sources that I can't verify where this is the case I will indicate it by red italics.

These are the Models.

The SA 15
The SA 15d
The SA 500
The SA 503 TVL
The SA 700
The SA 800
The SA 900
The SA 950
The SA 1000
The SA 1100
The SA 1200s
The SA 1300
The SA 1300W
The SA 1800
The SA 2000
The SA 2000s
The SA 2100
The SA 2100-11
The SA 2200
The SA 2500
The SA 2200GS

I have not included any of the SAS models which are smaller bodied guitars and are on a separate section of this site nor the SARR custom which is similar to a Rickenbacker and is covered in the rare and unusual Yamahas section.

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