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1980s Yamaha SAS-II Vintage Semi Hollow Electric Guitar Cherry, Japan EMG


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Up for sale, a late 1980s Yamaha SAS-II electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Produced exclusively for the Japanese market from 1988-1991, this Yamaha model is rarely seen outside its country of origin. With exceptional build quality and feel, this semi-hollowbody shares a similar size and features as the Gibson ES-339 model, with a semi-hollow birdseye maple body, solid alder center block, and mahogany neck with a pair of Yamaha Select by EMG “SEHG” humbuckers. This tonewood and pickup combination can produce everything from sparkling, snappy cleans, to warm, growling humbucker fullness with rich neck position girth and a punchy, cutting bridge. The push-pull coil-tap Tone control adds even more versatility to the mix, offering the option of single coil clarity or sweet, singing humbucker harmonics. Lightweight at 7lbs 3oz, this Yamaha SAS-II has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and fast action.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C shape with moderate shoulder, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .885” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, showing light wear exclusively under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-10, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The headstock features the original set of gold Yamaha-branded tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with a three-way toggle pickup selector switch, Master Volume and push/pull Master Tone control for the Yamaha Select “SEHG” pickups. The stock amber knobs have ridged edges, perfect for accurate volume swells, and the gold hardware shows wear through the plating on the stopbar and edges of the bridge. The original label is visible through the bass side F hole with model and serial number info. The body is framed by cream binding on the top and back, and extensive birdseye figuring extends evenly across the maple, highlighted by the transparent Cherry gloss. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing across the strum path, with some faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, and wear along the rear headstock edge. The neck profile is remarkably clean, with just a few minuscule marks in the gloss finish that are not distracting to the palm.

The original gigbag is included.