Up for sale, a 1982 Yamaha SG3000 Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, user manual and extra brass pickguard. The top-tier model in Yamaha’s SG family, the SG3000 features ornate abalone top binding and fretboard inlay, loaded with a pair of Spinex humbuckers.
An incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful instrument boasting neck-through construction, the SG3000 lives up its reputation of being a "Les Paul Killer." Tonally, the guitar has an array of immediate and articulate tones with singing sustain and rich drive. The low end is clear, broad, and punchy, while the treble response has a silky, singing quality. Both humbuckers also feature individual push/push coil taps too, for sparkling single coil tonalities. This SG3000 weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The neck features Yamaha's patented T-Cross System which consists of two pieces of mahogany paired with a central maple section. This construction not only improves the stability of the neck, but also adds to the tonal complexity, with features of both tonewoods evident in the sound. The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, gaining additional heft further up the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard is meticulously inlaid with pearl split triangles and small abalone columns, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect, with plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The 1 11/16" wide nut is hand carved from bone, ensuring optimal note articulation and sustain. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-stamped gold tuners turn very smoothly and the "Custom SG3000" truss rod cover is present as well.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pair of Spinex humbuckers wired to the original harness. These pickups feature individual push/push coil taps on the Tone pots for snappy single coil sounds, and the date stamps on the humbucker baseplates read 57.11.18, translating to the 57th year of the Showa period (1982). Yamaha 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 on-the-fly adjustments, and the “Professional”-embossed raised pickguard rounds out the plastics. Hardware includes the original bridge and ornate harp tailpiece, along with the brass pickup rings. The secondary brass pickguard is present in the case.
The Metallic Black finish has dense metalflake sparkle, framed on top by multi-ply abalone binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of tiny dings and faint scratches on the body as a whole, and the smooth matching gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Yamaha-branded hardshell case is included, along with the extra brass pickguard and the original user manual.