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1974 Yamaha SG-70 Vintage Electric Guitar Mahogany Near Mint w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1974 Yamaha SG-70 in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A precursor to Yamaha's venerable SG line of “Les Paul Killers”, the SG-70 was produced only from 1974-75 with solid mahogany body and neck construction. The guitar offers the signature midrange warmth of mahogany with a distinctive barking cut when you dig in, qualities which translate well via the original humbucker pair. This "SG" matches its Gibson cousin (no relation) both in name and tonal profile, with an array of sweet, powerful sounds that include ideal treble cut and bass register punch. This SG-70 weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender and fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with slight shoulders and a gradual increase in heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features mini dot inlay and pristine original slender fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. On the headstock, the stock Yamaha tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector switch and individual Volume and Tone knobs governing the stock pickups. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 49th year of the Showa period (1974). The original black Strat-style knobs are intact, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming, including the bridge with nylon saddles and corresponding stopbar tailpiece. The mahogany body has a silky smooth satin finish framed by ambered binding on top. This guitar has been played very little since new, with cosmetic wear limited to a touch of pick wear on the treble side of the strum path. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth satin finish.

The original hardshell case is included.