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1978 Yamaha SG700 Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1978 Yamaha SG700 in perfect working order, complete with the original faux leather gigbag. Little sibling to the venerable SG2000 (known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons), the SG700 is an incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful instrument. Boasting mahogany set-neck construction, a carved maple top with prominent birdseye figuring, and a solid mahogany body, this Yamaha takes Gibson's tried and true tonewood combination and utilizes it to great effect. The guitar offers the signature midrange warmth of mahogany with the distinctive bark and cut of maple, qualities which translate well via the original humbucker pair. The pickups offer a full, assertive punch that can be tamed to single coil spank and sparkle via individual push/push coil taps. This SG700 weighs 10lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and easy-playing action.

The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and significantly more heft in the higher registers, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut, with meticulously inlaid split pearl triangles and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat with virtually no wear, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the 1 11/16“ nut is hand-carved from bone, adding to both the sustain and articulation of the tonal response. On the headstock, a set of gold genuine Grover Rotomatic tuners turn very 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. Both pickups feature push/push coil splits for true single coil operation too. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 53rd year of the Showa period (1978). Yamaha even made special versions of the Gibson reflector cap knob style, with ridges around the edges that make the knobs easier to grasp and roll with your finger for quick swells and adjustments. The original bridge and lyre-embossed stoptail are present, showing some surface patina through the plating. The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish highlights birdseye figuring on the carved maple top, framed by multi-ply cream binding. The finish exhibits honest play wear, with finish chips and marks mostly relegated to the perimeter of the body. There are some faint scattered marks on the neck profile gloss finish that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original faux leather gigbag is included.