Paul Hindmarsh conducts a hands-on “playing” tour of the many historic Yamaha guitars and basses displayed at the Innovation Road museum located in Hamamatsu, Japan.

Showcased instruments include the wildly creative SG7 “Flying Samurai” and SG3/S302 solidbody guitars (1966), the stylish SA15 semi-hollow (1968), the popular double-cutaway SG2000 (1976), the posh SC1200 (1977), and the edgy RGX1220R (1987). There’s even a one-of-a-kind SG175B with extraordinary inlay work that was made for Carlos Santana.

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In Classic Electric Guitars Part Two: The Yamaha Guitar Archive, Hindmarsh explores a top-secret vault containing prototype Yamaha guitars and basses that in many cases were so unusual and futuristic looking that Yamaha was concerned the world might not be ready for them.

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