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1982 Yamaha SG1500 Vintage Electric Guitar Persimmon Red Neck Through Japan


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Up for sale, a 1982 Yamaha SG1500 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Boasting the same neck through construction as the SG2000, which was known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons, the SG1500 is an incredibly well-crafted, versatile instrument. Boasting the top-tier features associated with Yamaha's SG series, the SG1500 features five-ply maple/mahogany neck through construction, patented as the T-Cross System, ensuring an incredibly stable, resonant, and tonally complex foundation for the instrument. Unique among the SG line, neck through portion of the SG1500 can actually be seen from the top of the guitar, sandwiched by maple/mahogany body wings. This Yamaha was ahead of its time, and is perfect for the player who wants an array of classic rock tones with a versatility and reliability rarely seen in the Gibson equivalents from the same era.

The tonewood combination translates well through the stock humbuckers, each with Push/Pull coil splits on the Volume pots as well as a three-way pickup selector toggle. Rich, nuanced, and powerful, the SG1500, yields ample sustain and the kind of tonal detail and punch ideal for higher gain scenarios and crystalline clean tones alike. This SG1500 weighs 9lbs 7oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and comfortable action.

The neck has a fast and elegant-feeling C shaped profile with modest shoulder, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is meticulously inlaid with pearloid split triangles, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. The frets retain their full factory height with ample meat and well-rounded crowns, playing easily in all registers with a 14” fretboard radius. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the 1 11/16" nut is hand-carved from bone, ensuring optimal note articulation and sustain. On the multi-ply bound headstock, the original Yamaha-stamped gold tuners turn very smoothly and the "SG1500" truss rod cover is present as well.

All of the electronics function flawlessly and are untouched from the factory. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates, translating to the 57th year of the Showa period (1982). Yamaha even made special versions of the Gibson reflector cap knob style, with ridges around the edges that make the knobs easier to grasp and roll with your finger for quick swells and tone adjustments. The original bridge and ornate lyre-embossed stopbar are intact, and the gold hardware shows only very light surface patina. A testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen since new, the original brown factory covering is still intact on both the control plate and switch covers. The gloss transparent Persimmon Red finish is extremely vibrant, with sparingly little of the finish clouding that plagues many Yamaha SGs. There is just a touch of minor haziness on the lower bout edges of the mahogany, and cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a bit of scuffing in the pick path, a few minor marks and finish scratches, mostly relegated to the back lower bout body edge, and light finish checking at the headstock joint, purely aesthetic and smooth to the touch. The neck profile is remarkably clean with a smooth gloss finish.