Up for sale, a 1982 Yamaha SG800S Standard in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A little brother of the venerable SG2000 (known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons), the SG800S is an incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful instrument. Boasting set-neck construction, a carved 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 woods evident in the sound. This SG800S weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The neck has a medium C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays easily in every register with dimensions familiar to any Gibson fan, featuring a 24 3/4" scale length and a 1 11/16" wide hand-carved bone nut. On the headstock, the original Yamaha Japan-stamped tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with particularly clean chrome plating.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a three-way pickup selector toggle 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 original bridge and stopbar tailpiece are intact with clean chrome plating on the bridge and light pitting on the stopbar.
The original gloss Metallic Blue finish is framed by cream binding, and cosmetic wear includes a few small dings around the treble-side stoptail insert and one tiny finish chip adjacent to the binding on the top bass-side edge. There is a light spot of targeted buckle rash just north of the control cavity cover, an oval shaped spot of scuffing on the back just below the belly contour, and just a couple additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile sports a smooth gloss finish.
A vintage padded gigbag with a large leather Yamaha badge on the exterior is included.