Up for sale, a 1981 Yamaha SF7000 Super Flighter in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case and vintage Yamaha leather strap. From the debut year of the SF series, the SF7000 is the highest tiered model in the lineup, boasting neck through body construction and mahogany body wings. The exceptional sustain and inherent warmth of the body is enhanced by the neck through design, 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 coil taps too, offering sparkling single coil tonalities in addition to ripping humbucker warmth and power. This SF7000 weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gently increasing in heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The thick slab ebony fretboard features split parallelogram inlays and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are nigh flawless with their full factory height, and the guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale length. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and on the headstock, the original Yamaha Japan-stamped tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with clean gold 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 coil splits for true single coil operation too, with the original bridge pickup push/push coil tap and a replacement push/pull tap for the neck pickup. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 56th year of the Showa period (1981). 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. There is light patina across the gold-plated bridge and stopbar, and the original protective brown adhesive paper is still intact on the rear control cavity covers, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen in the last 40 years.
The gloss Antique Sunburst finish is rich and saturated, with wear limited to light pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, a couple stray faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and a couple tiny nicks and scuffs adjacent to the rear strap button.
A modern hardshell case is included, along with a vintage Yamaha leather strap.