Oh wow! I used to own an SG2000s (Green) in the 80s and recently had to sell my SG1000 (Black) and would have both back without a thought if I could afford to do so. Enjoy your very lovely looking Yamaha.
Sorry to hear that you had to let your Yammies go.
Nice looking guitar. I remember Carlos Santana playing something similar to this.
Yes, Santana played an SG2000, for some time, way back when. I remember being quite jealous, when a friend of mine picked up a second hand SG2000, for a very good price, in Manchester. They go for a lot of cash, now.
The SG1820 is pretty much a modernised version of the 2000. Having a flatter radius fretboard and locking tuners. Also I believe the early 2000s weighed the same as a baby elephant.
2 months ago, I got myself a Japanese Tokai Love Rock. And have remained really chuffed with it. It was the first guitar I have bought that was so good, I didn't miss it's lack of a trem. I've had US PRS's, Gibsons, Musicmans, Fenders etc. but this LP (or LR) somehow felt more mine. ?But how to continue with my ongoing GAS. I thought of another Love Rock or possibly a Tokai semi. Or even trying to find a Gibbo, that equalled or bettered, this Japanese wonder.
Fortunately, in the North West, we are blessed with some splendid, independant guitar shops. One of which is Frets, in Cleveleys. Their website showed a number of very cool guitars. So on a cold but sunny day, I headed over to the Fylde coast.
1st guitar I picked up was a pre-owned, Tokai Love Rock, with a beautiful dark oak quilted top. What a beauty and a nice player, too. It was pretty close to my LR but was way too similar. Next I played a Gibson Les Paul Traditional, Ice Tea Sunburst, from 2012. A very nice LP, with a chunky, rounded neck. Just how I've come to like 'em. The Burst Bucker PAF pickups were pretty sweet, too. The overall finishing wasn't that good. But still a contender.
Well it was, until I picked up a Yamaha SG1820. They had 3, in the shop, All brand spanking new and going for a very, very good price. I chose the sunburst model and was awed by the quality as soon as I got my hands on it. Weighty and really solid, it oozed quality. Wonderful finishing and a beautifully carved top. It has a similar neck profile to my Tokai but with a flatter radius on the fretboard. Took all of 5 seconds to get used to and I was away. The USA, Seymour Duncan ‘59 Covered pickups, combined with the mahogany/maple body, give a great clarity and focus of tone. Keeping warm and characterful.
I was a little concerned by the position of the front strap button. Like a Gibbo SG, it's at the neck joint. But when strapped up, it hangs perfectly, with no hint of neck dive. This SG1820 is a good as it gets, in my book. If you love a weighty(ish), humbucker equipped, LP type guitar, this could be for you.
When I got it home and through my own gear, I was even more pleased. Different enough from my Tokai, yet similar enough that I didn't have to reset all the controls. It pushes distortion very musically and with some great definition. And playing clean, that extra clarity and focus really shines through.
I'm old enough to remember the rather un PC term "Jap Crap". I don't know how true it was then but if it was, then things have really turned on their heads. In my view, the Japanese are at the top of the tree, now.
One of TC Electronic's new budget "Armada", pedal range, the Crescendo is an auto swell pedal. So instead of rapid use of your guitar's volume control or volume/swell foot pedal, you can set the Crescendo to do it for you, automatically. It has 2 controls, Sensitivity and Attack. The higher you set the Attack, the slower the note swells in. Sensitivity controls how that swell reacts to the input of your plucking/strumming technique. It's worth taking a little time to get these right, for the effect you want. I have mine on Sensitivity - 10 o'clock and Attack - 3 o'clock. Sounds really great. I have the Crescendo at the beginning of my pedal chain.
These budget TCE pedals have nice graphics and a good, solid, design and build. Definitely not a good as TCE's other range, build wise but very giggable/recordable. Physically they remind me a little, of EHX.
Overall though, this swell pedal is a very useful addition to my board. The Crescendo is the building up (swelling) section, in a musical peice. Not the crash bang wallop, at the end, some folk seem to think it is. So TCE got the name and this pedal, just right.
The singer in my band plays a a Sigma. It's a couple of years old now. Acoustically it is a very nice guitar. The electrics are nowt special though. As has already been said, it's hard to beat Yamaha, for budget guitars.
I just realised, when I got home today, that I've not owned a Les Paul before. I've had a few single cuts but never one that was as Mr. Paul intended. The only actual Gibsons I've owned, were semis. I have been tempted by some of the higher end Epiphone Les Pauls. And more recently by some of the higher end Tokais.
Anyway I went into my local, Aire Valley Guitars, who stock Tokai and have had some really nice preowned Gibsons and Burnys in, this year. First thing I saw there was a rather nice looking, preowned Gibson Les Paul Standard from 2000. Going for a very nice price, as it had deepish but not large ding, on the front. Wow! my luck was in and I soon had it pushing the gain stage of a Blackstar amp. But as it turned out, my Wow! had been a little premature. This little beauty just didn't have the the sound or the feel. Some fettling would have helped but you kind of know when something isn't quite up to it.
The shop had been stocking lower end Tokais for a while and they are pretty impressive. Then I spotted a real beauty, made in Japan. A newly acquired, higher end, Love Rock guitar, with a heftyish price tag. I had to have a go and now it really was wow!! An immaculately built instrument, with a stunning, quilted, sunburst top. It literally played like a dream and the tone was so obviously light years ahead of the Gibson. Knocking out blues, rock, and even some metal, the Tokai was a joy to play.
But it left me in a quandary. My heart shouted Tokai but my head said, hold on. A preowned Gibbo will keep it's price and more. A Brand new Tokai, even of Japanese origins, just won't. But in reality it was the Tokai or leave empty handed. So of course, the Tokai Love Rock, was put in it's classy fitted case and brought home.
On my receipt it says "Tokai ULS 165Q Japan". Unfortunately I can find nothing on this model and Tokai's UK site is being refurbished, at the moment. The nearest I can find numerically, is an LS 165S, which is a Gold Top with P90s, so no help there. So I have no stats for this beauty. It's obviously mahogany body and neck, rosewood fretboard and vintage tuners. The quality is however, exceptional. I've played quite a few awful LPs and a few nice ones too, This is up there with the really good ones.
I've mostly been playing a PRS singlecut recently. It's a wonderful guitar and this newbie even surpasses that. Lots more to learn about it but this Love Rock guitar is really making me love to rock.
I suggest, when you're not into playing, just force yourself to play for 5mins, twice a day. It'll help with toughening and I often find when I have a very limited time to play, i get more involved. I often start playing 20 mins before I've got to do something else. I always play right up to the last second and the wife is banging on my music room door.
What's on your mind?
ocarolan: :xmas04: Happy Christmas Everyone!
Dec 25, 2017 9:58:05 GMT
minorkey: Merry Christmas! Not too merry I hope...
Dec 25, 2017 14:17:14 GMT
walkingdecay: Peter Capaldi's last outing in Doctor Who would've been much better if he'd just shut up and got on with dying.
Dec 27, 2017 15:02:47 GMT
robbiej: It was a bit drawn out. Only watched the last 20 minutes, had no idea hat the hell was going on, was just interested in what the new bird, sorry, Doctor was like.
Dec 27, 2017 23:57:58 GMT
walkingdecay: It had lots of talk, more up-itself War Doctor gabble, all-new time and death mechanics (almost as silly as the moon as egg and rockstar stuff) and lots of gurning. The new regime is long overdue.
Dec 28, 2017 2:10:02 GMT
007: I love the Beeb but they do flog a dead horse to death QED Dr Who and Dads Army a story about the home guard during a war which lasted 7 years and has been shown continuously for 50 years
Dec 28, 2017 8:52:29 GMT
Akquarius: is it actually possible to READ Dr. Who? I'm not much of a TV fan, but I'd like to get to know more about the Doctors.
Dec 28, 2017 15:07:24 GMT
walkingdecay: It is, Bernd. There are penty of novelisations and other spin offs. I can't attest to the quality though, as I've never read any.
Dec 30, 2017 7:52:24 GMT
walkingdecay: Agree about Dad's Army. When I run into it while channel-hopping now I recognise the episode pretty much instantly and think, "I used to like this."
Dec 30, 2017 7:57:18 GMT
walkingdecay: I am also sick of the endless Morecambe and Wise clip shows with Angela Rippon's unremarkable legs and creepy eyebrows. The series box set contains comedic riches from Eric and Ernie that never get an airing.
Dec 30, 2017 8:03:01 GMT