Can you find my Yamaha model #?

by Tim
(Warren, OH)

Someone recently gave me a dreadnought style Yamaha guitar in its deluxe case. He said he bought it new during Jimmy Carter's presidency. Since he wasn't playing it, he gave it to me because I said I wanted to learn to play. There is literally not a mark on it. It's like brand new! The serial # is 91014242, which, according to the Yamaha site means October 14, 1979, unit #242. It was made in Taiwan according to the sticker inside. The guitar has large rectangle mother-of-pearl inlays, an option that the guy who bought it said he paid extra for.

I love the guitar. It is unmodified as far as I know.

I'm just wondering what the model number would be so I can look up more detailed information on it, such as original price, reviews, etc. and maybe find a forum of other owners.

I'll try to upload some pics. You might see some reflections, dust on the headstock and fingerprints on the pick guard, but those are the only "blemishes" I've been able to find except maybe a nice overall aging of the color.

Thanks if you can help!



Hi, Tim--

I was unable to identify the model from the pictures. A lot of the models listed in the Blue Book do not have pictures.

I am posting this in hopes that some of our readers will be able to identify the guitar for you.


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Dec 27, 2010
Info from Yamaha Site
by: Tim from Warren, OH

Model #CJ838s (jumbo guitar)
Years sold: 1979-1981
Original MSRP: $365
Top: Solid Spruce
Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
Neck: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood

Dec 27, 2010
Model #CJ 838s
by: Tim from Warren, OH

The model number was on the sticker inside. Duh. You can tell I'm a noobie. It's a jumbo guitar. I feel very fortunate to have it.

Dec 26, 2010
Unique Headstock
by: Tim from Warren, OH

OK, I've also looked online quite a bit, and haven't yet found another Yamaha guitar with quite the same shape headstock. That might be a clue as to the model number if someone out there knows. It IS a Yamaha, that much I know, though the pics don't show the name clearly on the headstock or on the sticker inside.

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