Yamaha SA2200

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Yamaha SA2200
Manufacturer Yamaha
Body type thinline semi-solid
Neck joint Set
Scale 24.73"
Body laminated maple top, back and sides, solid maple center block
Neck one piece mahogany
Fretboard single bound 22-fret ebony
Bridge gotoh nashville style tune-o-matic, gold plated
Pickup(s) twin alnico humbuckers with gold plated covers
Colors available
brown sunburst, violin sunburst

The Yamaha SA220 is a Japanese made semi-hollowbody electric guitar model that replicates Gibson's ES-335 classic save for the popular Far Eastern variation of thinner horns. The detailing more closely resembles the more upmarket ES-345 with gold-plated hardware, split block inlaid ebony fretboard and multi-bound body and headstock detailing.

The headstock angle is slightly flatter than the classic 17 degree angle used by Gibson, with Yamaha choosing to retain the volute to help strengthen the area behind the nut. The finger board uses medium gauge (2.54mm x 1.2mm) frets, which unlike the Gibson, extend over the single edge binding.


The standard Gibson-style wiring is augmented by Yamaha's push-push tone pot switches which knock out the outer coils of each humbucker allowing for combinations of humbucking to single-coil use. The coil-taps produce a Strat-style mix with both pickups on, while the neck single-coil alone provides a thinner, more acoustic like version of the plummy humbucker mode.

Notable SA2200 Users

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Other References

  • "The Guitar Magazine" UK, Vol 6 No 8. 1996. Review.