Up for sale, a 1980 Yamaha Super Jam 800 (SJ-800) in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced from 1978-83, this rare Japanese-made Yamaha features a unique blend of Tele and Strat-esque componentry and aesthetics, with an HS pickup configuration and a tonewood complement of an alder body with a maple cap and a one-piece maple neck.
This guitar has an immediate, detailed acoustic response with smooth sustain, qualities faithfully captured by the pickup complement. The J1 single coil in the bridge position has ample sparkle and twang, and the G11 humbucker in the neck position is an ideal combination of heft, roundness, and top-end clarity. Additionally, the push-button coil tap for the humbucker enables single coil throatiness and bell-like tones when engaged. This Yamaha weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The fretboard has a 9 1/2” radius, and the stock medium fretwire is nigh flawless, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width, and on the headstock, the Yamaha Japan tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints, and the control configuration consists of Volume/Tone/Tone knobs and a three-way pickup selector switch, plus the push-button coil tap for the humbucker. Hardware includes the chrome-plated bridge base with block saddles, and the strings are anchored through a metal block flush with the back of the instrument, once again marrying the string-through design of a Tele and a block anchoring the strings, akin to a Strat. Plastics consist of the two-ply black pickguard and the original trio of knobs, which have ridged grips for easy on-the-fly adjustments.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Yellow Natural finish includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, most prominent along the perimeter, along with an area of buckle rash on the back extending from the upper bout to the waist. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with several shallow marks along the profile length (largely concentrated on the bass-side shoulder) that have no impact on playability.
A padded gigbag is included.