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1986 Yamaha SG7 20th Anniversary Model Flying Samurai Blue Jeans Custom


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Up for sale, a 1986 Yamaha SG7 Blue Jeans Custom 20th Anniversary edition in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original form-fit gigbag. Released to commemorate the highest-tier original “flying samurai” model, this SG7 sports a Candy Blue finish accented by all-gold hardware. The original “flying samurai” guitar was designed in conjunction with Japanese surf guitar legend Takeshi Terauchi, and the original SG-5A “Blue Jeans Custom” model was only produced for one year (1967), achieving a sort of mythic status among Japanese surf guitarists.

Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck and bound rosewood fretboard, yielding a smooth, balanced natural acoustic tone. Tonally, the trio of single coil pickups offer bold, sparkling cleans with plenty of meat and roundness, yet clear and defined in every pickup position. The middle and bridge pickup are coupled both visually and tonally, with a blend pot for a smooth gradient between the coils. This Yamaha weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and subtle flame figuring along the treble side of the neck, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and the stock slender fretwire. The frets are in fantastic shape, with well-rounded crowns and only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The fretboard width at the zero fret is 1 5/8”, just forward of the nut. The headstock sports a Yamaha Nippon Gakki Co., LTD. logo and raised badge, and the original Yamaha-branded tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of single coil pickups governed by a three-way selector switch (Bridge/Middle, Bridge/Middle + Neck, Neck) with Master Volume and Tone knobs, plus the aforementioned Blend knob for the bridge and middle pickups. The gold-plated hardware is notably clean overall, showing uniform patina through the plating, comprising the smooth-top Mosrite-esque knobs, bridge with roller saddles, and Jazzmaster-style vibrato unit. The vibrato has a wide range, perfect for expressive dives and shallow warbles alike, jumping back to pitch with ease. The lightly aged three-ply parchment pickguard has some light scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.

The gloss Candy Blue finish shows gentle yellowing of the clear coat, giving the instrument a greener hue. This is a well-kept example, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of tiny dings on the body as a whole, largely clustered on the lower bout on the back, as well as some faint scratches in the clear coat. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Yamaha-branded Blue Jeans Custom 20th Anniversary faux leather gigbag is included, shaped to fit the distinctive contours of this SG7.