Up for sale, a 1980 Yamaha L-15 vintage dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition, complete with a vintage hardshell case. Hand-signed on the label (and presumably built) by renowned Yamaha luthier Terumi "Terry" Nakamoto, the L-15 features Yamaha's rounded dreadnought body shape, a design pioneered on the Yamaha FG series just a few years earlier by Nakamoto. As the head of Yamaha's Custom Shop in Hamamatsu Japan and arguably the most prominent name attached to Yamaha's mid-century guitar production, it's very meaningful to have his signature grace the label of this L-15.
Not to be confused with the L-15A, this is a genuine Japanese-made L-15 with an Ezo spruce top, genuine ebony fretboard and bridge, and Jacaranda (Bolivian rosewood) back and sides. This L-15 delivers a clear, brilliant sound, with incredible projection and authority. Notes ring out with piano-like clarity, and the sound is even and smooth when fingerpicking. The low end is warm and bold, with a subtle growl beneath the fundamental tonality. A premium example of vintage Yamaha craftsmanship and tonal response, this L-15 weighs 5lbs 6oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The mahogany neck has a full, rounded C shaped profile carve, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and filling out to .990" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard has particularly ornate snowflake inlays and retains the original slender fretwire. The frets have their full factory height, showing uniform wear beneath the strings on the 1st fret, with wear extending lightly beneath the low E and A strings to fret 7. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 5/8", and the original hand-carved bone nut measures a hair over 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original Yamaha-branded gold-plated tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The Ezo spruce top has a dark red tortoise pickguard, with an ornate rosette and matching purfling framing the top. The ebony bridge sits flush with the top and the original carved bone saddle has room for future adjustment. String spacing at the bridge measures 2 1/8". The guitar is crack-free, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few isolated spots of cloudy finish on the body parameter, faint pick wear across the strum path, and a couple light finish scratches on the treble side lower bout.
A vintage hardshell case is included.