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1970s Guyatone LG Series Vintage Electric Guitar S-Style Hardtail Sunburst Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970s Guyatone LG series S-Style hardtail vintage electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Taking cues from the Stratocaster platform, this rare early '70s Japanese-made guitar features a trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces. The three-way selector switch offers an array of classic Strat tonalities between the three pickups with individual Tone controls for the neck and middle positions. The neck pickup sounds open and natural with a nice balance of low end and clarity. The middle pickup has a bit more honk with a sweeter midrange, while the bridge is a touch hotter with a chiming, focused, and snappy response. With the individual Tone controls for the neck and middle pickups dialed in to taste, you can switch between drastically different sounds on the fly. The guitar is lightweight at 7lbs 4oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and comfortable action.

The one-piece maple neck has a slender C shaped profile with modest shoulder and limited taper up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire with retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only the faintest wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays effortlessly up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod, and the proportions will be familiar to any Fender fan with a 25 1/2“ scale length and original bone nut measuring 1 5/8“ in width, optimizing the snap and sustain of the instrument. The black gloss headstock features a gold Guyatone script logo and chrome paddle button tuners which turn smoothly.

The electronics include a traditional Strat control array with a three-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume knob and dual Tone knobs. The hardtail string through body bridge has individual adjustable saddles for optimal intonation and stability, showing faint patina on the chrome. The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is bold and saturated, exhibiting some pick scuffing across the guard and an assortment of minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole, particularly concentrated to the lower bout body edge. The neck profile has a smooth gloss finish with only a few light and scattered marks that are not distracting to the palm.

A gigbag is included.