The Yamaha Corporation is well known for its wide range of products from musical instruments to electronics and motorcycles. Despite such a broad focus they manage to compete in all those branches quite successfully. This is also valid for their musical instruments.
Headquartered in Japan, the Yamaha Corporation began manufacturing guitars in 1942. Yamaha started manufacturing electric guitars in 1966. Yamaha guitars became famous thanks to a Japanese actor Yuzo Kayama, who used them in his movies. After the release of those movies Yamaha experienced sales booming. But even without Yuzo Kayama they would become famous. Japanese always work hard and are committed to what they are doing. As a result they usually achieve considerable success.
For the moment Yamaha owns several subsidiaries and affiliates in Japan and all over the world. They produce full line of musical instruments including electric acoustic and solid body guitars, basses, amplifiers, pianos and keyboards, drums, etc. Many professional guitarists like Mike Stern, Carlos Santana play Yamaha guitars.
In the world of solid body electric guitars they offer several series suitable for any professional level, music style and any specific need. The most remarkable feature of this manufacturer is the quality of materials. Even the entry-level Yamaha guitars are made of high quality wood. They also listen to guitarists needs attentively and make appropriate fixes and improvements to their current models as it was the case with Carlos Santana.