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1979 Yamaha SG800 Vintage Electric Guitar Violin Sunburst 100% Original, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1979 Yamaha SG800 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The little brother of the venerable SG2000 (known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons), the SG800 is a well-crafted, soulful, and powerful instrument. Boasting set-neck construction, tonewoods include a carved maple top, solid nato body, and a three-piece neck with two pieces of mahogany paired with a central maple section, patented as the T-Cross System. This not only improves the stability of the neck, but also adds to the tonal complexity, with features of both woods evident in the sound. The low end is clear, broad, and punchy, while the treble response has a silky, singing quality. Both humbuckers feature individual push/push coil taps too, offering sparkling single coil tonalities. This SG800 weighs 8lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with full shoulders in every register and more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features split delta inlays and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good meat and their full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-8. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, with dimensions familiar to any Gibson fan, featuring a 24 3/4" scale length and hand-carved 1 11/16" bone nut, ensuring optimal sustain and note articulation. On the headstock, the Yamaha Japan-stamped tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way 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 54th year of the Showa period (1979). 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 tone adjustments. The original bridge and stopbar tailpiece are both intact with bright chrome plating.

The gloss finish is abbreviated "OS" in the original Yamaha catalog, presumably for Old Sunburst, and as such approximates a rich, dark Violin Burst, framed by lightly aged binding. The instrument presents very well, exhibiting none of the finish clouding so common with Yamahas of this era. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings across the top and back, localized scuffing across the belly carve, and some additional minor marks on the back and body perimeter. The rear switch cavity cover still retains its original brown paper factory protective adhesive covering. The gloss finish on the neck profile is extremely clean.