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1983 Yamaha SG800S Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst, 100% Original


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Up for sale, a 1982 Yamaha SG800S in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 8oz, 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-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark cut of this tonewood and retains the stock medium jumbo fretwire which is in excellent condition, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. This SG800S plays cleanly in every register 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, adding to both the sustain and note articulation. 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 58.8.7, which translates to the 58th year of the Showa period (1983). 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, both with gleaming chrome plating.

The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is extremely vibrant, with virtually none of the cloudiness that often plagues vintage Yamaha finishes. The finish highlights tight flame figuring on the central third of the maple top, and cosmetic wear is limited to a number of minor finish scratches in the clear coat across the body, a scant few dings along the lower bout body edge, and a trio of small nicks on the back at the bass-side cutaway. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

A gigbag is included.