Up for sale, a 2000's Yamaha SGV-800 Flying Samurai vintage reissue electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original 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 influenced by both Mosrite and Fender. The stock pair of oversized screw-pole alnico magnet single coil pickups offer great snap, sparkle, and cut with plenty of lower midrange fullness. This SGV-800 weighs 8lbs 4oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.
The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 10" radius with dot inlay and medium jumbo fretwire that's positively pristine with well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays well 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.
All of the electronics function as intended, with individual Volume knobs for each pickup and a Master Tone control topped with a trio of smooth top Mosrite-esque 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 warbles and dives. The large pearloid pickguard is pristine, and the original factory protective plastic still intact on the rear tremolo coverplate.
The gloss Red Sparkle finish is a deep shade with a subtle purple tint and microscopic metallic flecks of gold, purple, and green. Extremely well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to a few tiny nicks on top behind the bridge, similarly sparse wear on the back, and one light scratch on the headstock face just beyond the SGV text. The neck profile gloss is smooth and lightly ambered.
A gigbag is included.