Up for sale, a 1977 Yamaha SC-800 Super Combinator in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. Only offered from 1977-80, the SC-800 features a traditional S-Style tonewood complement with an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard for a resonant, balanced acoustic tone. The trio of ceramic magnet blade single coils each has 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 ensures a 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 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve which fills the palm, offering round, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The thick slab dark rosewood fingerboard has a 13.75" radius, featuring dot inlay and original flawless slender fretwire. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale, and the carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock features chrome mini Schaller-style tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.
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 the stock pair of grippy speed knobs. The six-saddle Strat-style bridge is inset in the body with bright chrome plating and only a touch of pitting, with a block that runs through the instrument to anchor the strings, further ensuring optimal sustain and resonance. The Red gloss finish is very well-kept, showing faint pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, and only a few tiny nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex Yamaha hardshell case with green interior is included, along with the original hangtag. The hangtag notes both the model and the date of production from the 52nd year of the Showa period, translating to 1977.