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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ty Tabor Signature model from Yamaha - Really cheap at Mars

I saw the guitar at Mars for only 399! When I picked it up, it really fit well into my hands, also. And it looks verrrry pretty. My girlfriend even commented on it immediately; otherwise she's unimpressed by my JS10, JSCP, all my Vai swirl guitars... The neck seemed really nice at first glance, I really loved the side fret markers. Any reason I shouldn't buy this guitar?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 12:08 PM
 
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Ty Tabor Signature model from Yamaha

Was it used? Is there only one model of the Ty Yamaha? *
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 12:23 PM
 
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he's got two.

He's got the one babahi saw at Mars and he also has a Drop6 Yamaha. I think it is sorta like a Baritone.

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I believe (but don't quote me on this) that there are two Ty Tabor Yamaha models: *standard and long-scale. *But I'm not totally sure.
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Ty Tabor Signature model from Yamaha

I picked one up & have a few pics...

http://photos.yahoo.com/gkelm

Very cool & unique guitar, and a heck of a deal...didn't these retail at $1500? *To me it has a "Brian Moore meets Saber" vibe. *It's bright and lively, has a fast neck, and top notch hardware. *Go for it, you can't lose with a 30-day return policy.
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Ty Tabor Signature model from Yamaha

gkelm,

Schweet axe - ridiculous price!! *How do you like the Wilkinson trem? *Are those Sperzels? *How do the dual rail single coils sound - like single coils or like humbuckers? *Are they Yamaha pups? *What's the switching options?

Thanks in advance. *You (*&$#'s are giving me GAS!
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wow, that is nice.....

great deal on a unique axe!

good find

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I too picked one of these up a couple weeks ago at Mars. *They used to have a green one I would play every time I went there. *Regular price was $999. *(I believe list was indeed $1500.) *When they dropped the price to $700, I went back to buy it, but it was gone.

Happened to stop in one day looking for a strap. *Store was looking really empty, must be one of the ones that's closing soon. *Was on the way out when I found the small display of Yamahas off by itself. *Usual selection of cheap RG-alikes. *Then I spotted a purple Ty Tabor around the back. *I'd always wanted the purple one, but had never seen one, only the green. *I had to look at the price tag a few times to make sure it was right...it was tagged at $499! *Grabbed my friends and an amp, and we played it for a bit. *I was set to buy, when one of my friends noticed some belt buckle marks on the back. *So I asked the guy at the counter if they had any non-floor models. *He said he didn't think so, bu agreed to check anyway. *He came back a few minutes later with a brand new box! *Opened it up just enough to see that it was the right guitar and the right color...still wrapped up in all the factory packing. *So he starts to ring it up, and says "Hm, it rang up a hundred bucks less." *He didn't seem to care, I sure wasn't going to complain, so I got it for $399.

There are two Ty Tabor models, the RGX-TT and RGX-TT D6. *The Drop-6 model has a longer scale and heavier strings, and is designed for detuning. *They're easily distinguishable by the inlays. *The regular version has the single 12th fret 'TT' inlay, with the long side markers, and the D6 has regular dots. *I haven't seen the D6 version in a Mars before, so I don't know if they're discounting those too.

A very well thought-out guitar. *Has Sperzel locking tuners and a Wilkinson trem. *Black metal knobs with rubber rings on them for grip, wich are nicely recessed into the body. *Pickups are all Duncans. *JB in the bridge, and Vintage Rails SC-sized HBs in the middle and neck. *These sound very much like single-coils to me, but obviously without the noise. *

The switching is kind of strange, and I didn't realize how it worked until I read the instructions when I got home. *It has a 5-way selector, and a push-buton switch. *The controls work as follows (back to front):

- Brdge HB
- Bridge HB split + Middle
- Bridge HB + Neck
- Middle + Neck
- Neck

The push button splits the bridge HB, but only works when it's on by itself.

The trem is blocked, with a small, recessed metal block in the trem cavity. *It's attached with two scres and is removable. *It even has an angled input jack, although done a little differently than Ibanez does it. *Truss rod adjustment is done from the side of the neck heel. *They even bubbled out the electronics cavity cover a bit to accomidate the large Yamaha 4-pole switch in the contoured body.

All those nice touches really make the one flaw I found stand out more. *It has a cheap plastic nut. *When I first got it, any use of the trem would yeild the insidious 'pinging' of strings binding at the nut, and the guitar would go out of tune. *I put some 9s on (I believe it shipped with 10s), and put a little graphite in the nut slots. It now stays in tune perfectly, as it should. *For what this guitar normally sells for, this is inexcusable. *It should come with a graphite nut, and the nut should be cut properly for the string guage it ships with.

Only other thing I didn't like is that hthe Vintage Rail pickups have no covers, unusual for SC-sized pickups. *The edges of the plastic tops are a little rough, and I often rest my hand there. *No biggie though.

All in all, an absolute steal for $400!!
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rlintz...kuma pretty much covered the details. *I like how it's resonant acoustically...neat tone with the bass/maple. *Much more stratish than an RG (my Prestige is much louder).
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Well, I picked it up. I went back today and saw teh red oen sitting there. I can't believe the price, all with Seymour Duncans, Sperzel locking tuners, Wilkinson bridge... The curved top with that "Brian Moore" look, s well as the protruding middle part makes it really nice. And I like the look of those staggered single pickups. List is 1599, price 399!!!

These guitars are actually going for more on Ebay right now (hint hint)! I'm tempted to buy a couple of and bring them over to sell in Europe for three times the price (easily)!

Another one for the pile, that's the third guitar this month...
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 09:23 PM
 
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Wow, that red burst one is really gorgeous, Greg.

If you're interested in a Drop-6 model, Mars has the RGX 420S D6 online for $199. Looks like another steal.
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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 10:36 PM
 
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This seems to happen constantly with Yamaha's guitars, and I don't understand why. *They make some really nice instruments IMO. *Big stores buy a bunch of them, they sit there for a year or so, and then they get massively discounted. *It's great for me because I know I'm always going to be able to get them cheap, but I don't now how Yamaha stays in business this way.

I'm just waiting for it to happen to the Frank Gambale model..
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Congrats Eric!
she looks REALLY nice!

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post #14 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 08:10 AM
 
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Yeah. *Whatever else about Yamahas, they sure are made well for their price point. *I just scored a Pacifica 912 off eBay for $123. *Wilkinson trem instead of locking, and someone scalloped the high 10 frets (hope that job doesn't suck), but still...
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-15-2002, 01:08 PM
 
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Yamaha stays in business because they make all kinds of stuff. Hell, they even had a heavy hand in creating the monster bad-azz V6 in my Taurus SHO.

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