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Old 04-20-2009, 08:20 PM
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Default Yamaha SJ 180

I was wondering what years Yamaha came out with the SJ 180. My girlfriend has one she never plays but I do although it needs a neck reset. I was wondering what the yamaha guys knew about it and maybe I can try to find the serial number to see if ya'll could help me date it. Thanks for any help

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Old 04-21-2009, 12:30 AM
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Forget it. The neck is epoxied. Gotta find someone willing to cut the neck off and convert it to a bolt on. It would cost upwards or more than the value
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:15 PM
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Thanks for the info. I was wanting more info then anything else. She isn't looking to sell or to get the neck fixed but it still sounds pretty good. I have fun playing some chords but at the 12th fret the action is just a little too high.

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Old 04-21-2009, 05:18 PM
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You can still maybe tweak the truss rod. Sand some on the saddle. Little stuff to help it play the best it can. A pro set up can do wonders even on a slightly bowed neck
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I picked up an SJ-180 about a couple weeks ago. It is the best sounding instrument for the price i bought it for. Do whatever it takes to make it playable.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:53 PM
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I am. I think it may need a truss rod adjustment and it really needs a new saddle and nut, the nut is real high anyways so that would help the action. The action isn't too terrible but the neck has a bit of bow at around the 12th fret. The guitar has no case so I have it leaning strings towards a wall to bend the neck back a bit. It was always the other way for about 5 years so I think that may be a cause. It really needs to be humidified but I have nothing to do that. It's a project and it's been in my girlfriends family for years so that's why I'm not really doing much to fix the problem. I don't want to screw up the neck by turning the truss rod the wrong way.

I don't have any money so I can't bring it in to a tech but I'm pretty good with my hands which makes me think I can do a lot of it myself. Once I get some money I'm thinking about getting some nut files because I want to start building some electric guitars so having some nut files will be good for me.

Thanks ya'll for helping me
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:56 AM
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[QUOTE=Yamaha Junkie;1820335]Forget it. The neck is epoxied. Gotta find someone willing to cut the neck off and convert it to a bolt on. It would cost upwards or more than the value
Sorry.

They're possible to do, not a walk in the park like a hide glued joint. I do them for $200-$250, bolt on conversion.

I just (finally!) joined here, wasn't able w/ yahoo, got a gmail account.

Hi, my name's Jeffrey, and I'm a Yamaholic...
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:01 PM
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I just (finally!) joined here, wasn't able w/ yahoo, got a gmail account.

Hi, my name's Jeffrey, and I'm a Yamaholic...
Welcome to the forum, Jeff.

You'll find a good number of fellow Yammie lovers here.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:07 PM
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Hi Jeff ... Welcome Home!

There's lots of Yamaha lovers that hang out here, including me
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