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1970s Yamaha SC1200 Super Combinator Neck Through S-Style Vintage Guitar w/ Case & Hangtag, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Yamaha SC1200 Super Combinator in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. Only offered from 1977-80, the SC1200 was the top model in the Super Combinator line, boasting neck through construction and a trio of ceramic magnet blade single coils, each with its own dedicated three-way toggle which controls the on/off functionality and phase of each pickup. As such, the tonal range of the instrument is far beyond your typical Strat-style guitar, and the string through body bridge and neck through construction ensure an extremely resonant and lively platform with exquisite sustain.

Each pickup is bold, sparkling, and silky, with a primary benefit of the blade pickups being a smooth and consistent response when performing aggressive string bends. One of the most compelling sounds the guitar has to offer is with Middle+Bridge out of phase, and the neck pickup engaged additionally, in-phase with the middle pickup. This yields the thinner out of phase sound with a rich, bell-like neck pickup character to round it out. There's a spanky quack when engaging any pair of pickups out of phase, with a tone that's particularly glassy and pronounced beyond the similar sounds available on a Stratocaster. This Yamaha weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The five-ply maple/mahogany neck has a medium C profile carve which fills the palm, offering round, inviting shoulders and ideal heft. The profile measures .845" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The thick slab ebony fingerboard has a 13.75" radius, featuring abalone snowflake inlay and original slender fretwire which shows light, uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-5, extending more faintly to fret 7 beneath the plain strings. The heel-less construction ensures effortless access to the highest frets, and the guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale. The carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock features chrome mini Schaller-style tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well, with one missing gear cover on the High E tuner.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a dedicated three-way mini toggle activating and controlling the phase for each of the blade single coils. Master Volume and Tone controls round out the control complement, capped with a pair of replacement knurled knobs. The six-saddle Strat-style bridge is inset in the body, with a block that runs through the instrument to anchor the strings, further ensuring optimal sustain and resonance.

The "Brown Stain" dark sunburst gloss finish exhibits some pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, with faint buckle rash central to the back and only a few additional minor scuffs and ancillary marks on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth with just a few shallow nicks.

The original white tolex Yamaha hardshell case with gold interior is included, along with the original hangtag.