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1980 Yamaha Studio Lord SL700C Vintage Black Beauty Custom Electric Guitar, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 Yamaha Studio Lord model SL700C in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan, this set neck Studio Lord takes its cues from the '69 Custom Black Beauty design, with a carved maple top, solid non-weight relieved mahogany body, mahogany neck with volute, and L4 humbuckers. The guitar is lively and powerful sounding, and the craftsmanship is evident in the great playability and classic range of LP tones.

The stock 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. Both pickups have dedicated push/pull coil taps on the Tone knobs, for sparkling single coil tonalities. The instrument weighs 10lbs 2oz, and not surprisingly this guitar can deliver plenty of punch and sustain. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Studio Lord with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a modestly slender C shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out with a bit more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and 1.00” at the 12th. The bound ebonized rosewood fretboard features block inlay and pristine medium jumbo fretwire with ample height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays well up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod, and the instrument conforms to traditional Gibson specs with a 24 3/4“ scale length and 1 11/16“ wide nut. The bound headstock features the Yamaha logo and split diamond inlay with stock set of gold Yamaha-branded tuners with metal tulip buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector toggle, individual Volume controls, and individual push/pull coil tap Tone controls for each pickup. Hardware includes an ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar, and the gold plating on the hardware shows only light patina, particularly concentrated on the bass-side edge of the humbucker covers. Plastics include a quartet of original witch hat knobs along with the pickup rings and pickguard. The Ebony gloss finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to scuffing in the pick path and some faint wear in the clear coat of the gloss. The neck sports the original clean gloss finish with microscopic marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

A gigbag is included.