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1980 Yamaha SG800 Vintage Electric Guitar Violin Sunburst w/ Hangtags & Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 Yamaha SG800 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a bevy of original hangtags and the Yamaha-branded hardshell case. 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, a carved maple top, and solid mahogany body, this Yamaha takes Gibson's tried and true tonewood combination and utilizes it to great effect. Yamaha also used a three-piece laminated neck for this model 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 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with appreciable chunk and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features split delta inlays and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good meat and their full factory height, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays easily 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 original Yamaha Japan-stamped tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with near flawless chrome plating.

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 55th year of the Showa period (1980). 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 original 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 just a touch of the finish clouding so common with Yamahas of this era. Cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the guard, a few scuffs and minor marks on the back, and a few pinhead-sized nicks on top. The rear switch cavity cover still retains its original brown paper factory protective adhesive covering, a testament to the limited use this guitar has seen since new. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original white hardshell case is included, along with all of the original hangtags and factory paperwork.