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1960s Yamaha SA-30T Super Axe Vintage Hollowbody Electric Guitar Cherry, Japan


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Up for sale, 1960's Yamaha SA-30T "Super Axe" hollowbody electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Featuring one of the best executed, no-corners-cut designs of any Japanese guitar from the '60s or any other decade for that matter, the SA-30T boasts dual deep cutaways on the carved maple top, a rounded over, slim headstock shape, Bigsby-esque vibrato, and glued-in neck joint. As Yamaha built all components of their instruments in-house including the electronics and hardware, every aspect of the SA-30T is purposefully built and unique to this line of instruments. The all-maple body is fully hollow, and acoustically the guitar delivers a sparking, warm, and even sound. Crafted at the Nippon Gakki factory, there's plenty to love about this vintage Yamaha.

The guitar is loaded with stock humbuckers coupled to Master Volume and Tone controls, a three-way pickup selector, and a "Balancer" pot which provides a smooth gradient between the two pickups when both are engaged. Often mistaken for single coils due to their tonal properties and smaller stature than a more traditional humbucker, the SA-30's pickups are dynamic and detailed, while still retaining round, full low end. They are however true humbuckers in every sense, employing a large coil for picking up the string vibrations from the fully hollow body and a smaller coil for eliminating hum. Weighing 6lbs 15oz, this Yamaha has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measures .830" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlay, professionally refretted with tall slender fretwire that shows virtually no wear. The scale length is 24 3/4" and the fretboard measures 1.665" in width (just a hair over 1 5/8") at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock employs stock heavy duty Yamaha-branded tuners which turn smoothly and have very light patina across the nickel plating.

All electronics are functioning as intended, and the trio of original knobs are intact. The taller, smaller diameter spring on the vibrato provides a feel that's a cross between a Mosrite and a Bigsby, and coupled with the nylon roller saddles on the bridge, the vibrato action is particularly smooth. The original raised multi-ply pickguard is intact, exhibiting a light finish reaction in the plastic from what appears to be an old signature or lettering of some sort, along with some faint pick wear that extends just beyond the guard on the treble side body cutaway.

The original gloss Cherry finish is very vibrant, with some scattered nicks on top, buckle rash across the back, and various additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck exhibits some shallow nicks along the profile length, yet nothing distracting to the palm or impeding playability in the slightest.

A padded gigbag is included.