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1982 Yamaha SG800S Vintage Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Near Mint Japan w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1982 Yamaha SG800S Standard in near mint, 100% original 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 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 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 4oz, has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and comfy action.

The neck has a medium C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark and tight-grained cut with stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are practically perfect, and the guitar frets easily in every register with notes that ring out clearly up the 24 3/4” scale. The 1 11/16" nut is hand-carved from bone, adding to both the sustain and articulation of the guitar. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-stamped Grover-esque tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with clean chrome 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 push/push coil splits for true single coil operation too. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates, reading 57.4.13, which translates 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 bright chrome plating that shows sparse patina. The original gloss finish is a warm Tobacco Sunburst with ambered top binding. The guitar exhibits sparingly little wear, with a bit of scuffing in the pick path and light finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, equally as clean as the guitar with the Yamaha badge on the exterior, functional latches, and original handle.