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1982 Yamaha SG1000 Vintage Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1982 Yamaha SG1000 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. The little brother of the venerable SG2000 (known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons), the SG1000 is an incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful-sounding instrument. Boasting set-neck construction, a carved two-piece maple top, and solid mahogany body, this Yamaha takes Gibson's tried and true tonewood combination and utilizes it to great effect. Yamaha also used a three-piece laminated neck for this model 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 tonewoods evident in the sound. This SG1000 weighs 10lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with rounded shoulders, filling out with more substance and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features meticulously inlaid split pearloid triangles and stock medium jumbo frets which show only very light wear beneath the G and B strings on frets 2-7. The guitar plays well in all registers with a straight neck and an ideally adjusted, responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the 1 11/16“ nut is hand-carved from bone, adding to both the sustain and articulation of the tonal response. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-stamped gold Grover-esque tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with modest patina on the kidney buttons.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector switch and individual Volume and Tone knobs governing the stock pickups. Both pickups feature push/push coil splits for true single coil operation too. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 57th year of the Showa period (1982). 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. The black pickguard is a modern replacement. The original bridge and lyre-embossed stoptail are intact, showing patina consistent with the tuners.

The original gloss finish is a warm Tobacco Sunburst framed by ambered multi-ply binding. Cosmetic wear includes light pick scuffing on the treble side of the path, buckle rash on the back, and faint scattered marks on the body perimeter. The finish shows just a bit of cloudiness very common with Yamaha's vintage SG line, mostly along the lower bout body edge. The gloss finish on the neck is quite clean, with a few light marks along the bass side of the profile that are not distracting while fretting.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.