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1978 Yamaha SA2000 Vintage Semi-Hollowbody ES-Style Electric Guitar w/ Case & Hangtags, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1978 Yamaha SA2000 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. One of the best examples of premium Japanese craftsmanship put to the task of improving upon American design, the SA2000 uses Gibson ES models as a template. The semi-hollow body has a maple top and back with mahogany rims, paired with a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fretboard for a classic tonewood combination that's full sounding, airy, articulate, and versatile. The guitar weighs 8lbs 15oz, balances well on a strap, and has a clear and even sounding acoustic voice that translates well through the original pair of humbuckers. We've had this Yamaha professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features split pearl block inlays and original medium jumbo frets which have good meat, with moderate grooves beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 3-9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut that measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-branded gold tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the original electronics work as intended, with dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The original humbuckers have "SA2000" embossed baseplates with 53-prefix date codes signifying the year in Japan's Showa Era, specifically the 53th year of the reign of Emperor Hirohito, which was 1978. The original hardware has bright gold plating with some patina on the forward edge of the bridge pickup cover and edges of the bridge and stoptail. The Violin Sunburst gloss finish shows just a few minor marks and faint finish scratches mostly relegated to the back, and some pick scuffing across the elevated pickguard. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.
The original hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags and Yamaha-branded string packs.