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1970s Yamaha L-10 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Spruce & Rosewood w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Yamaha L-10 vintage dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent, 100% original condition, complete with the original hardshell case. An upper-tiered model offered only in the Japanese domestic market and very rarely outside its country of origin (and within Japan as well, for that matter), the L-10 is an expertly crafted instrument featuring an Ezo spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and an ebony bridge and fingerboard. While the L-10 is analogous to the Martin D-28 in many respects, the rounded dreadnought body shape delivers a tonal profile that is distinctly "Yamaha." The tone is clear and brilliant, with incredible projection and authority. Notes ring out with piano-like definition, and the sound is even and smooth when fingerpicking. The low end is warm and bold, with a subtle growl beneath the fundamental tonality. This L-10 weighs 5lbs, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.

The mahogany neck has a fairly deep soft V profile carve, measuring .925" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard has snowflake inlay and retains the original slender fretwire which shows virtually no wear with its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 5/8", and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The bound headstock features a rosewood veneer and matching truss rod cover, retaining the original Yamaha-branded gold-plated tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The ebony bridge sits flush with the top, and the original carved bone saddle has modest height. String spacing at the bridge measures 2 1/8". The Ezo spruce top is a warm ambered shade, accented by a dark red tortoise pickguard, and the body is framed by detailed marquetry around the top, soundhole rosette, and back of the body. The instrument is crack-free, with wear limited to a stray mark on top at the treble-side lower bout, some requisite pick scuffing across the strum path, and light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss mostly relegated to the lower bout and body perimeter. The neck has a smooth gloss finish on the profile.

The original hardshell case is included.