My First Electric Guitar 我的第一支電結他 – Yamaha RGX612S
This is my first electric guitar bought on Christmas of 1988. It is a Yamaha RGX612S and is one of those “Superstrats” that are extremely popular at that time.
Coming from the “Superstrats” family, the RGX612S is equipped with thinner, fast upper fret access guitar neck and stable tremolo system that are highly suitable for shredding and heavy metal music.
1988年的聖誕節我買了我的第一支電結他 – 日本山葉牌的RGX612S。RGX系列是山葉回應當時極度流行之＂Superstrats＂的電結他。它的特點是具備了較纖巧、易於彈奏高音符的結他頸及不易走音的顫音系統，適合彈奏重搖擺音樂及速彈的技巧。
The RGX612S was manufactured in Yamaha Taiwan’s Kaohsiung factory with the following specifications:
|Body 琴身||Agathis Basswood|
|Fretboard 指板||24-fret Rosewood|
|Bridge 琴橋||Yamaha Rocking Magic Pro (RM-Pro) locking tremolo with Yamaha Locking nuts|
|Neck 頸||Yamaha Alnico single coil|
|Middle 中置||Yamaha Alnico single coil|
|Bridge 琴橋||Yamaha Ferrite Humbucking|
|Pickup selector 拾音器切換||Standard “Fender Stratocaster” 5-way selector|
|Control Knob 控制旋鈕||One Master Volume
One Tone for Neck & Middle
One Tone for Bridge with coil split
For better grip and cosmetic reason, I have replaced those small metal control knobs with typical Gibson type’s Acrylic knobs.
Although this is a low-end guitar, the overall sound is quite good with clean single coil sound and distorted humbucking tone.
雖然RGX612S是低價款式，但整體音色不錯。兩組 single coil 拾音器頗清晰，另一組Humbucking拾音器亦能提供搖擺樂所需的失真聲。
I can’t recall why I bought this guitar. Probably I was attracted by its aggressive look and the relatively low price tag. I had spent around HKD 4000 for this guitar together with a Roland Cube DAC 15XD guitar amplifier. While the Cube was given to my friend long ago, the RGX was lying quietly in its case for the past 10 years or more.
This 30 years old gear still looks great from outside but needs some fixing works especially on the electronics. Inspired by my close friend who is fond of guitar modification, I plan to make the Yamaha shine again in the coming months starting from the restoration of the electronics …
當日為何買下這支結他呢？坦白說，我也記不起。可能是外型吸引，很”酷”吧。當然最重要是價格便宜，加上一部 15 Watts 的 Roland Cube DAC 15XD 擴音機也不到四千港元! 那 Cube 多年前已送了給朋友，而這支RGX612S則沉睡在盒子裏超過十多年。