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1978 Yamaha Super Flighter SF1000 Vintage Guitar Dark Stain, 100% Original


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Up for sale, a 1978 Yamaha Super Flighter SF1000 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced from 1977-80, this uncommon, top-tier Yamaha offering is an exceedingly versatile and dynamic instrument. While its “Les Paul Killer” sibling the SG is better known, this less common model easily rivals that guitar when it comes to quality craftsmanship, top-notch componentry, and the breadth of available tones on tap, including single coil tonalities enabled by the “bi-sound system” push-button global coil tap.

The body is crafted with a maple top and alder back, and the maple neck and ebony fretboard round out the tonewood complement. This guitar has a balanced natural acoustic response with a glassy treble snap. The F-I humbuckers are detailed and punchy with great harmonic complexity, and there’s a sweet, singing quality to the upper midrange. Via the global coil tap, the single coil sounds retain great warmth while delivering plenty of sparkle and cut. This SF1000 weighs 9lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Chunky C, good shoulders and more chunk in the upper registers, .855” 1st fret, .999” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, split parallelogram inlay, 12” radius
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, bone
-Tuners: Yamaha-branded

Body Specs:

-Pickups: Yamaha F-I humbuckers, date stamps on baseplates translate to the 53rd year of the Showa period (1978)
-Harness: Untouched solder, full-size pots
-Hardware: Gold-plated
-Plastics: Reflector cap knobs with ridged grips, two-ply black pickguard

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Dark Stain finish includes two small dings on top at the bass-side lower bout, some buckle worming across the back, and a handful of tiny marks on the back and perimeter. The factory brown adhesive paper is still largely intact on the rear control cavity cover too. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is notably clean.

A gigbag is included.