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2000s Valley Arts M Series Electric Guitar Transparent Green EMG Pickups, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2000's Valley Arts M Series S-Style electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Originally founded in North Hollywood in the 1970s, Valley Arts began producing custom instruments from scratch by the end of the decade, attracting the attention of Los Angeles' studio musicians and Jazz players. This particular S-Style model was produced in Japan after the brand was sold to Samick, featuring a solid ash body, maple neck, slab ebony fretboard, and stock trio of active EMG pickups. Balanced and detailed, the powerful single coils deliver a notable authority with plenty of top end cut and low end chunk. Each pickup setting is distinct and sparkling, and the tonewood combination ensures an articulate response with a silky, glassy sound. Weighing 8lbs 9oz, this Valley Arts M Series has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret ebony fingerboard features pearloid dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear exclusively beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 4-6, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The headstock features gold locking Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold their pitch against liberal vibrato use.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with a five-way selector and Master Volume and Tone controls for the trio of active EMG pickups. The electronics feature USA-made CTS pots that date to the third week of 2004, and the 9v battery is recessed beneath the pickguard. The original dealer sticker is present on the back side of the pickguard with a date of February 25th, 2006. The gold hardware is bright and clean with just a hint of patina on the bridge base and jack cup, and the white pearloid pickguard is exceptionally clean. Cosmetic wear is limited to light marks and finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, mostly relegated to the body parameter, with light buckle rash on the back. Aside from light rack rash behind the nut, the neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

A hardshell case is included.