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1979 Yamaha SA2000S Vintage Semi-Hollowbody ES-Style Guitar w/ Carved Spruce Top, Antique Stain


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Up for sale, a 1979 Yamaha SA2000S in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. One of the best examples of Japanese craftsmanship put to the task of improving upon American design, the SA2000S uses Gibson's upscale thinline ES models as a template. A premium iteration of the SA2000 platform, the S suffix denotes a solid carved spruce top (as opposed to maple/birch laminate on the standard SA2000 model).

The spruce top on the semi-hollow body is paired with a beech back and rims, and the one-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fretboard for a vital tonewood combination that's full sounding, woody, articulate, and versatile. The ample natural tonal properties translate faithfully through the original humbucker pair, and each pickup also has a dedicated push/pull coil tap on the Tone control for single coil sparkle and spank. This Yamaha weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders in every register and a fuller, rounder shape as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .850" at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features split pearl block inlays and practically perfect medium jumbo frets. 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 Tone pots have push/pull functionality, engaging the individual coil taps for each humbucker. On the pickup baseplates, the humbuckers have 54-prefix date stamps signifying the year in Japan's Showa Era (the 54th year of the reign of Emperor Hirohito), which translates to 1979. The gold-plated hardware has plenty of shine with some requisite light surface patina, comprising the pickup covers, bridge, and lyre-embossed stopbar. The gold reflector knobs have ridged grips for easy on-the-fly adjustments and swells, and the raised two-ply pickguard rounds out the plastics.

Cosmetic wear on the Antique Stain gloss finish is limited to some minor scuffing along the lower bout perimeter and just a scant few tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A Gator-brand gigbag is included.