Bill Alston

The SSC 500

Scan from 1981 USA and Canada Catalogue

Like it's sister guitar the SHB 400 the SSC 500 was made from 1981 to 1983 but official documentation on this guitar is scarce. It doesn't appear in the archives and is absent from the Japanese and UK catalogues of the period. It does however appear in the 1981 USA and Canada catalogue as per the scan above. It doesn't appear in the 1982 UK catalogue nor in the 1981 or 1982 Japanese catalogue. Leon from, has access to more catalogues than I do has checked and confirms that they are only in the US catalogues.

Some pictures

Leon's guitar
Controls and headstock

Body Alder
Neck Set neck Maple
Scale 25.5"
Fingerboard Rosewood, dot inlays, 21 medium jumbo frets
Pickups 3 Yamaha Bar Magnet Single Coils with unique coil tap
Coil Tap By push push tone control
Controls 1 volume 1 tone and on off switch for each pickup
Hardware Chrome
Colours Brown Sunburst Burgundy or Natural

The Pickups
These are single bar pickups which have been overwound for higher output the coil tap takes out about a third of the windings to give a normal single coil sound.

Pickup from Leon's guitar

Thank you to Leon for allowing me to use pictures of his guitar visit his vintage Yamaha site see my links.

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