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1980s Levinson Blade R3 Vintage S-Style Electric Guitar Black w/ Flame Maple Neck, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980’s Levinson Blade R3 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Blade instruments are the brainchild of Gary Levinson, designed in Switzerland and crafted with exquisite fit and finish work in Japan, stacking up well against other boutique spins on the Superstrat platform. A  rare instrument, this early Blade features a gloss Black finish on a solid ash body paired with a one-piece flame maple neck. The stock single coils are wired to the active Variable Spectrum Control with a three-way mini toggle EQ boost switch, coupled to a three-band set of adjustable trim pots for a wide sweep of sculptable sounds. This Blade weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The maple features a modern 10” radius, mini dot inlay, and stock jumbo fretwire which has tons of meat, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with a responsive and optimally adjusted truss rod, with adjustments made easy via a quick-access truss rod wheel at the heel beneath the small "Levinson" badge. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the graphite nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. The Strat-style headstock features the Blade logo and original Sperzel trimlock tuning machines.

On the body, the electronics function accordingly with the trio of Levinston pickups wired to the active Variable Spectrum Control system. Standard controls consist of Master Volume and Tone knobs and a five-way pickup selector switch. The VSP three-way mini toggle EQ boost is tethered to the set of three trim pots on the back of the instrument to fine-tune Bass, Treble, and Mid frequencies. The Falcon tremolo is a perfect bridge between vintage-style units and modern floating trems, featuring a double block system and roller saddles for unprecedented dive-bomb performance and sustain. The chrome hardware shines like new on the bridge, jack cup, knurled knobs and neck plate.

The Black gloss finish is in excellent shape with some requisite pick scuffing across the strum path, a few minor dings on the lower bout on top, a small area of buckle rash on the back, and one small finish chip adjacent to the slightly recessed tremolo cavity cover. The lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate, highlighting the flame figuring in the maple that runs the length of the neck.

A molded hardshell case is included.