Up for sale, a 2000s Yamaha SGV-800 “Flying Samurai” in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Produced from 2000-2004, the SGV-800 is a modern iteration of the original esteemed Flying Samurai, a unique amalgamation of surf-inspired design featuring elements inspired by both Mosrite and Fender. The stock pair of screw-pole Alnico V magnet single coil pickups offer lots of brightness and punchy snap without sacrificing lower midrange richness. This SGV-800 weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 10” radius, pearloid dot inlay, and original medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and show only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck with a responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures 24 3/4", and the nut is 1 5/8“ in width. On the slim headstock, the stock Sperzel locking tuners work as they should, holding pitch against liberal vibrato use. The back of the headstock retains the small translucent model sticker.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups wired to the harness with two original pots and one upgraded CTS-made pot. Controls include Volume knobs for each pickup and a Master Tone control capped by a trio of Mosrite-esque chrome-plated knobs. The vibrato unit has a unique ball bearing design, essentially combining a Mosrite pivot and string anchoring with the spring alignment of a Stratocaster. This vibrato is very effective and works in concert with the bridge's roller saddles, offering a particularly smooth and responsive vibrato action for expressive, surfy warbles and dives. Plastics include the lightly yellowed three-ply pearloid pickguard and pair of rear control cavity covers.
The gloss Red Sparkle finish shimmers with bright blue, orange, and green flecks. This is a clean, well-kept instrument, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of small dings and faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout on top. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless and highlights tight flame figuring in the maple.
A padded gigbag is included.