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1979 Yamaha LP-800C Lord Player Custom Black Beauty Vintage Guitar Ebony Japan, Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1979 Yamaha LP-800C Lord Player Custom “Black Beauty” in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced at Yamaha's Matsumoku Custom Shop, the LP-800C was a top tier model in the LP range, made concurrently with the perennially popular Yamaha SGs. As the Yamaha SGs gained the rightful nickname of "Les Paul Killer," this LP-800C is equally worthy of such accolades, with the same tonewood ingredients as its Gibson counterpart. To avoid running afoul of Gibson, the LP-800C was never offered in the USA, with models rarely surfacing outside of Japan or the European market.

Featuring a solid mahogany body and neck, carved maple cap, and genuine ebony fingerboard, this LP-800C is lively and powerful sounding, and the craftsmanship is evident in the great playability and classic range of Les Paul tones. The pickups are clear and authoritative with a bit of growl and bite. The neck position humbucker offers thick, boosted mids, round lows, and fat highs, while the bridge pickup provides plenty of focused midrange cut. This Yamaha benefits from a professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped carve that fills the palm comfortably, with more fullness and depth in the higher registers, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features pearloid block inlay and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are in good shape, with well-rounded crowns and their full factory height, only showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width, carved from bone for optimal sustain and articulation. The bound headstock sports an “open book” shape and features the Yamaha logo and split diamond inlay. The stock set of gold Yamaha-branded tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

All of the electronics function as intended, with original tone caps and full-size pots which date to 1979. The gold hardware has a uniform dusting of surface patina, and all of the stock hardware is intact, including the ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar. All of the original plastics are intact too, with a multi-ply black pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs. The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply binding, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of minor nicks on the lower bout body edge and some faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the back. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.