Yamaha ‘Sholky’ Keytar


The Yamaha SHS-10 was released in 1987. Although we couldn’t play a musical instrument, we still wanted one.

The Yamaha SHS-10 was known in Yamaha’s native country, Japan, as the Yamaha Sholky… derived from “shoulder keyboard”.

The Sholky had a small-sized keyboard with 32 minikeys, a pitch-bend wheel, vibrato and sustain buttons and an internal frequency modulation synthesizer offering 25 different voices and a basic chord sequencer.

The SHS-10 was manufactured in grey, red and black. The demo on the keytar was an arrangement of Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.