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1978 Yamaha SA1000 Super Axe Semi-Hollow Vintage Electric Guitar, Persimmon Red


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Up for sale, a 1978 Yamaha SA1000 Super Axe in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This Yamaha is a prime example of premium Japanese craftsmanship put to the task of improving upon American design, and in this case the venerable Gibson ES-335 is the template. The semi-hollow body has a winning concoction of tonewoods, featuring an arched beech/birch top and back, a maple center block, and a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fretboard. This tonewood compliment delivers an airy, sweet and articulate sound attributable to the semi-hollow construction, paired with the glassy snap and immediacy of the ebony board. The stock pair of humbuckers can produce everything from snappy, chiming cleans, to warm, growling humbucker fullness with a particularly rich and bold sounding neck pickup. This Super Axe weighs 8lbs 13oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a rounded modestly slender C profile carve at the nut, gaining plenty of heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .999” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard has a 12" radius and retains the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, showing only light uniform wear on the crowns of frets of 1-2, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 7. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. Conforming to Gibson specs, the scale length is 24 3/4", and the hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-branded metal tulip button chrome tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the original electronics function accordingly, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates, reading 53.10.12, which translates to the 53rd year of the Showa period (1978). The original hardware and plastic parts are intact on the body, including the grippy reflector cap knobs, black two-ply pickguard, and chrome-plated bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The gloss transparent Persimmon Red finish highlights the grain of the body, framed by two-ply binding on the top and back. Cosmetic wear on the body is limited to a few tiny marks in the finish at the top and sides of the lower bout. The neck profile sports the original gloss finish with light scattered marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original fitted faux leather gigbag is included.