Yamaha SA503 TVL

Yamaha SA503 TVL

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SA503 TVL, Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Yamaha in the Signature Guitars series.

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Yamaha SA503 TVL tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: SA503 TVL
  • Series: Signature Guitars
  • Category: Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 03/12/2008

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Yamaha SA503 TVL user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 6 reviews )
 4 reviews67 %
 2 reviews33 %
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hyperpierro's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good guitar to upgrade"

Yamaha SA503 TVL
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The guitar is pleasant to handle, the handle fits my large hands, it weighs its weight but it acceptable. One has the feeling of being on a quality guitar, finishing and touch are excellent.


So that's where it goes bad, super disappointed when I plugged for the first time, especially as the sound unplugged sustain a good omen and a nice color, the original pickups bear squarely dull, the only advantage they have is that for p90 rather they are clean and can distort nearly as much as on guitars designed for big sound, which is not usually the case for this kind of guitar, That said I'd rather be looking for a kind 335, and really clean sound that was neither jazz nor twang or anything else for that matter, just dull and unattractive. I guess the idea of ​​starting design was to produce a guitar with a vintage look but very versatile level, with the possibility of using large distos, like a strat but without the charm ...
So I followed the advice of a Afien (jp6l6) which itself replaced the pickups with Bare Knuckle, great idea, I finally sound that goes with the violin, and the Bigsby is a treat.
In fact I replaced the micro channel and the bridge pickup, the central micro stayed home, which allows me to stay in versatility thanks to the many settings as possible, in fact all combinations are possible, all three microphones for a max level or even strat sounds very hollow genres in an intermediate position, me personally I'll never use it but hey it's possible.


I use this guitar for 4 years, I'm not a pro, I play mostly on my models such as Country rock and reggae with friends, what I like about this guitar is for example the sound in the bridge position , with a little OD and light slapback, with Bigsby is really deadly, for once the value for money is excellent once the pickups changed, in fact I think for a first "nice" guitar for a beginner guitar is a good choice given its versatility of origin and possibility of later upgrade for less than 800 euros (after upgrade) was an instrument in the hands of pro quality and design to the vintage and current time, red is superb.

jcdc1967's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha SA503 TVL
- Type model ES-335 semi-hollow
- Made in Indonesia According To Yamaha specifications
- 22 frets, 3 P-90, we get a little diagram showing the many combinations that can be achieved with 3 microphones
- Bigsby licensed vibrato. It provides very good performance of the agreement. For it is against less well developed than the Duesenberg especially with regard to the replacement string (a chopper technique is at that level :-)
- A volume control for microphone and a common tone knob 3. Two switches in the "horn" below for combinations of three microphones.
- Set neck
- Mechanical groove (great for keeping the agreement)


- The handle is very nice, the frets are relatively thin and tall. they provide a clear set
- The form 335 and a half box allows easier access to the 22 boxes
- Cutting 335 is very comfortable. The guitar is relatively heavy, I would compare to a Les Paul.
- The P-90 beautiful sound issue.
- I put 8 in the handle because I have two Duesenberg that are still a notch above the level of the ergonomics of the handle. But I am very pleased with the holding of the agreement and the hardware. I had some concerns at this level given that the price displayed is the third of a Gibson.


- It is best to get an idea for yourself by having the chance to try a copy. The sound is very personal and more I am convinced that the more I come to more or less faithfully reproduce the sound that was ahead in most of the stuff existing in the same price range.
- For my part I play rock couillu accadacca way. I play on an old marshall head JMP50 watts with a master volume and add a little overdrive Boss gives warmth and well-rounded sound because we play at a more reasonable volume.
- The P-90 and above me have nothing to envy in terms of output level with humbuckers. This guitar was built on the basis of "requirements" of the guitarist from Queen Of The Stone Age, which produces a heavy Rock. The pickups are in keeping. I play mainly on the bridge pickup and I fell slightly in the treble of the head. I combine the drive head to that of the boss and I get sound to Malcolm Young: Right, dry, well squared and rough.
- The quality and output level of the microphone (which surprised me) and the many possible combinations are peremttre everyone to experiment and find a staff.


- I had pointed to for months for his look that attracted me and the price was really affordable. I just afraid it is too affordable and I did not know what to expect with P90.
- I have not been stopped by their place of origin. I recently saw a Gibson ES335 store US displayed Euro 2800 which was less well finished.
- After many months of hesitation, I had the opportunity to try a 503. When tested I strive always to check the comfort of the handle, the good performance of the Agreement and rendering microphones. The rest must wait until I return to my silks context of usual game. The trial was compelling and confirmed with a lot of happiness in the repeats that followed.
- I play for many years and I have had many guitars. The Yamaha sounds great. The price / quality ratio (given the style of music I do) is excellent. If this guitar was stolen I buy another without hesitation and I do not part with it anytime soon.

Mc.redneck's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha SA503 TVL
-Made of indonsie,
Channel 22 frets, three Yamaha P90
Bridge Bigsby-licensed
Three-volume (a micro) a tone control, two switch three position (the guitar is (supposedly) be sold with a diagram explaining the routing of wiring, etc. ..) makes it one of selector switches serves neck / Neck + bridge / bridge and the other offers variations with the central micro.

-The key is rosewood, the neck in Saddle al.
Length24 Scale 3 / 4 "= 628mm
Radius14 "= 355mm

This is MODEL Translucent Blood Red, we see through the woods then, and it's beautiful! Moreover, it is much more beautiful in person than on the pictures that I had the opportunity to see.


-The handle is a little soft round, but flat enough (with a good setting) be enjoyable and easy. It lacks a bit of "personnalitquot; an instrument for this type, but it is still of good quality. A binding surrounds the white race the full length which helps make it soft and fast .
-L 'Access in acute trs is good,
-The instrument looks a little strange the head, too bad, but the ergonomics are good trs from a certain size, I rarely does more comfortable on a guitar with my nitre eighty-five.

-The sound resembles a stratovolcano plutt Jazzmaster, the 3 "single coil bar" not only as foreigners. it takes more thinking in terms of this instrument an alternative strato I think, a strat more fat, but the versatility is really l.


I play heavy rock, blues rock, trip-hop and surf-music and the three areas I find it excellent.
"I tried it on Roland Cube modlisation J-station, Fender and Fender super champ champXD for now it's all good.
-The range of sounds is large enough even if the sound is less typical than one position on each fender. the registry is rather plump but still end dynamic prcis.


This scraper is excellent (especially in this price range for a quarter of a case), the only BMOL as the handle with his characters just some fairly typical of Yamaha.
I tried a lot of scratches in the register "htroclite / versatile" and I sduit t, me who hate to buy new and mostly instrumentals instruments "signature" = > = TVL Troy Van Leuween mercenary guitarist (notably) in Queens Of The Stone Age.

The report quality price is not bad considering the trs good finish especially for an instrument made of indonsie. I still feel even pay to have the NAME (Van Leuween) but there is no comparable MODEL my knowledge of (in this price range particulirement).

max(ime)'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha SA503 TVL
- MODEL ES-335 style semi-hollow in the Saddle
- Made in Indonesia According To Yamaha specifications
- 22 frets, 3 P-90 is a small reoit Submitted Schma the many combinations that can couraging with three microphones.
- Bigsby licensed vibrato. It provides a good performance of the TRS agreement. However, regarding the replacement string must be found the technique
- SETTING THE a micro volume (ie three potarts volume) and a potart of Tone. Two potentiomtre in the "horn" infrieure for various combinations of three microphones.
- Also run by al Saddle
- Mcaniques groove
- Gills vintage


- The handle is quite round but flattened enough to allow good accsa any style of jeux.Les frets are thin and tall which allows a good precision of the game
- The design allows 335 CSTA perfect all the notes of dernire freight, and a sound that is growing thanks the half body.
- Style 335 Cutting balance the guitar quite well (I recommend any of the same adhre a strap to avoid slipping). Some would say that the guitar and heavy but ...
- With regard to the sound everything is relative: the amp, the pedals, ... However, the guitar has a custom sound, and a palette of its very diverse: from crystal clear sound, good overdrive very heavy (Kyuss), the sound is perfectly clear and do not affect CRER draft.


- For an IDE prcise the best guitar and try it, each person is unique and the sound that is sought is clean each.
- Personally I play QOTSA, Kyuss, ... So sounds pretty fat and heavy as was the guitarist of QOTSA (Troy Van Leeuwen, the designer of this guitar), however, I also play the rhcp, which is totally DIFFERENT but this little yamaha has a versatility of adaptation surprising.
- I play on a Hartke pr-lamp, (this may sound closer to the peavey I think), I have a Tubeblower Jacques pedals (overdrive), the guitar having trouble adapting this equipment do I configure in its large and heavy.
- The versatility of the P-90 should allow everyone to find a grain of sound.


- I use it for six months, but I had observed for 1 year for its vintage look and is the guitar of my favorite guitarist, Designed with care.
- The day I tried it I returned to esprant find what I wanted when I came out with a big smile from ear to ear: I had more than fulfilled my expectancy at.
- I think the quality is suprieur report that the price on the other guitar its much CHRE for not much more hgmonie such as the Les Pauls, but n 'recess is not the same kind of instrument.
I concluded with an acknowledgment that some can be confirmed: a big THANK YOU Mr Van Leeuwen and Yamaha for your expertise, your original.

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