Up for sale, a 1984 Yamaha SG1300TS in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original faux leather gigbag and hangtag. The tremolo-equipped version of the Yamaha SG platform, the SG1300TS was the top-tier model in the 1300 range, featuring a gloss Black finish, the same Spinex pickups used in the capstone SG3000 model, and a locking tremolo tailpiece.
The body is constructed of mahogany with a maple top, and this SG1300TS has Yamaha’s patented T-Cross System neck. It’s a three-piece neck, with two pieces of mahogany flanking a central maple section; not only improving the stability of the neck, but also adding to the tonal complexity, with features of both woods evident in the sound. The Spinex humbuckers use a proprietary alloy and unique wind designed to maximize tonal richness without sacrificing clarity. They deliver warm, harmonically-complex tones with cutting trebles and focused lows, tailored for both pristine cleans and thick heavily distorted roar. Additionally, the push/push global coil tap on the Master Tone knob enables single coil sparkle and snap. At 9lbs 7oz, this Yamaha has plenty of natural sustain and sonic authority on tap, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany/maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .860” at the 12th. The ebony fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape, only showing a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width, and on the headstock, the locking nut holds pitch against the deepest dive bombs from the tremolo system. The original Yamaha-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Spinex humbuckers wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way selector switch with Master Volume and Tone controls. The humbuckers have date stamps on their baseplates, reading 58.10.19, which translates to the 58th year of the Showa period (1983). And while the pickups date to late '83, this model debuted in Yamaha's '84 catalog. The original tremolo exhibitse light surface patina, actuating smoothly and bouncing back to pitch quickly, complete with its stock arm. Plastics comprise the original pair of knobs, with ridged grips for easy on-the-fly swells and adjustments.
The gloss Black finish has limited cosmetic wear, with a very small spot of light buckle rash on the back, and a number of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
The original Yamaha-branded faux leather gigbag is included, along with the original hangtag.