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1981 Yamaha SG1000 Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1981 Yamaha SG1000 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The little brother of the venerable SG2000 (known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons), the SG1000 is an incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful-sounding instrument. Boasting set-neck construction, a carved two-piece maple top, and solid mahogany body, this Yamaha takes Gibson's tried and true tone wood combination and utilizes it to great effect. Yamaha also used a three-piece laminated neck for this model with two pieces of mahogany paired with a central maple section, patented as the T-Cross System. This not only improves the stability of the neck, but also adds to the tonal complexity, with features of both tone woods evident in the sound. This SG1000 weighs 9lbs 8oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The neck has a medium C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and significantly more heft in the higher registers, offering a baseball bat-worthy shape great for effortless lead work, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features meticulously inlaid split pearloid triangles and stock medium jumbo frets which show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-11. The guitar plays well in all registers with a straight neck and an ideally adjusted, responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the 1 11/16“ nut is hand-carved from bone, adding to both the sustain and articulation of the tonal response. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-stamped gold Grover-esque tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with modest patina on the kidney buttons.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector switch and individual Volume and Tone knobs governing the stock pickups. Both pickups feature push/push coil splits for true single coil operation too. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 56th year of the Showa period (1981). 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 lyre-embossed stoptail are intact, showing patina consistent with the tuners.

The original gloss finish is a saturated Cherry Sunburst on the two-piece carved maple top, framed by ambered multi-ply binding. Cosmetic wear includes pick scuffing across the strum path and through the gloss black on the pickup bobbin edges, and scattered minor dings and scuffs on the back and body parameter, while wear on the top is notably restrained. The guitar exhibits the light finish clouding prevalent on Yamahas of this era, less prominent on the top and more pronounced on the back and neck profile. This Yamaha is 100% original, structurally sound, and professionally setup to play its best.

A faux leather gigbag is included.