Opinions on Yamaha SGV300 Flying Samurai

Marco.au

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I have a clear case of GAS.
I was looking for a Yamaha Revstar RS720B, but with covid lots of guitars are disappearing from stock in Australia.
Then by accident I found a Yamaha SGV300, dubbed Flying Samurai, and I actually like the looks of it a lot. I did check for the guitar online, but information is very sketchy.

A few things that interest me in the guitar: 24.75” scale, narrow nut (1 5/8” 41mm?).

Does anybody have / know about the guitar?

Curious about that blend control on the bridge and middle pickup. Does that work as a humbucker in one of the settings?

And how thin is the neck? The shop owner is telling me it is like a fender strat slim C, and online some places say it is more like a standard C.

This is a Taiwan build from the 2000’s, not the japanese ones. What is the build quality on these guitars?

And then, I don’t know if I am buying various versions of the same guitar / sound: I already have a Fender Am Std strat, and a Fender Duo Sonic and really like both. This Yamaha may be something in between... And the Revstar would be something very different from them, so my GAS could go either way. Opinions on the RS720B are also welcome.

Thanks!

(disclaimer: bedroom player)
 

rkharper

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used to bring one from my japan trip 3 years ago, because I wanted a souvenir.
on to your questions:

blend control is basically blending from SC to HB, so, yes.

the neck is VERY thin and flat,very narrow nut, unless you have tiny hands and like necks like that, you won't be happy

mine was taiwanese too, build quality was top

I played about 4 different SGV300's in Tokyo, the vibrato unit is terrible, I bought the least terrible one.

I sold it soon after, as I just coulndt get a long with the neck, and that unstable vibrato.

here's she is, btw:

Screenshot 2020-09-16 105128.jpg
 

Yamaha 350

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I have a clear case of GAS.
I was looking for a Yamaha Revstar RS720B, but with covid lots of guitars are disappearing from stock in Australia.
Then by accident I found a Yamaha SGV300, dubbed Flying Samurai, and I actually like the looks of it a lot. I did check for the guitar online, but information is very sketchy.

A few things that interest me in the guitar: 24.75” scale, narrow nut (1 5/8” 41mm?).

Does anybody have / know about the guitar?

Curious about that blend control on the bridge and middle pickup. Does that work as a humbucker in one of the settings?

And how thin is the neck? The shop owner is telling me it is like a fender strat slim C, and online some places say it is more like a standard C.

This is a Taiwan build from the 2000’s, not the japanese ones. What is the build quality on these guitars?

And then, I don’t know if I am buying various versions of the same guitar / sound: I already have a Fender Am Std strat, and a Fender Duo Sonic and really like both. This Yamaha may be something in between... And the Revstar would be something very different from them, so my GAS could go either way. Opinions on the RS720B are also welcome.

Thanks!

(disclaimer: bedroom player)
I love them and want one. so that is that.
used to bring one from my japan trip 3 years ago, because I wanted a souvenir.
on to your questions:

blend control is basically blending from SC to HB, so, yes.

the neck is VERY thin and flat,very narrow nut, unless you have tiny hands and like necks like that, you won't be happy

mine was taiwanese too, build quality was top

I played about 4 different SGV300's in Tokyo, the vibrato unit is terrible, I bought the least terrible one.

I sold it soon after, as I just coulndt get a long with the neck, and that unstable vibrato.

here's she is, btw:

View attachment 277862
That was your tough luck. Sorry you went through that. But I love them.
 

Marco.au

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I have small hands.
I like narrow necks (my Epiphone Casino nut width is 39mm).
But I am not fond of thin necks, like a conventional C or V shape instead of flat shredder necks.
I don’t care too much about the tremolo. If I manage to adjust it for a little wobble that is all I need.

Thanks for the reply!
 




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