Yamaha SG1500 1982 Transparent Red
Summary: This is one fine Japanese made instrument from 1982. The Yamaha SG 1500 has a neck through body design, push/push pots for coil splitting the humbuckers and a fast playing thin neck with the super cool split triangle “B-2 Bomber” inlays. This guitar has been gigged, played and rocked relentlessly for many years made apparent by the amount of honest playwear all over the guitar and deep grooves worn into the fingerboard. Fortunately, there is no headstock break, only the tuners and 3 way toggle have been changed and it has had a professional refret so it is playing great. It has just been setup by our in-house guitar tech and ships in an aftermarket hardshell case. These guitars are often referred to as “Les Paul killers” for their great tone and versatility, but they are also know to be heavyyy! This one is on the lighter side at 9 pounds 3 ounces and it feels just fine on a strap.
Body: The body is 7 pieces in all, the 3 piece neck is one with the body, it is mahogany/maple with a carved top, transparent red finish, w/b/w binding, double cutaway and it has a belly contour.
Neck: The neck-through-body design is made up of 2 pieces of maple with a mahogany center piece, it has a slim 60s carve, bound rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, split triangle or as I like to call them “B-2 Bomber inlays”, bone nut and multi ply w/b/w bound headstock. It has a 1.675” nut width and 25” scale length.
Pickups/Hardware: It has the 2 original Yamaha humbuckers, coil splitting tone knobs, 2 volumes, 3 way toggle, gold plated tune-o-matic style bridge with hard engraved tailpiece, gold Kluson style tuners with green keystones, bone nut and the original gold easy grip knobs.
Cosmetics: This Yamaha SG has a lot of wear consistent with a guitar that was heavily gigged as someones main instrument for many year. It will be difficult to note every single nick, ding and blemish so feel free to ask questions and let the pictures be a guide as well. There are dings in the top of the headstock, scratches on the face of the headstock from string changes, the back of the neck has been sanded a bit, there are some small dents in the neck, chips in the finish and wear through the finish where the fingerboard meets the neck, there are grooves worn into the fingerboard, some major deep grooves worn way up from the 14th-18th fret under the E string and only minor fret wear because the guitar was refretted. There is buckle rash, pick scratches, dents, dings, and major wear through the finish all around the edges especially on the bottom side, holes where the pickguard was mounted, extra hole in the end where a strap button was moved a few mm and dings in the finish on the top. There is evidence of the seams in the back separating a bit but overall it feels very solid.
Playability: Our in-house guitar tech has just inspected, setup and restrung this guitar with a new set of 10s. The neck is straight, the truss rod is fully functioning and the action has been setup low and comfortable. The frets are in good shape with some minor grooves or divots from use but it plays beautifully up and down the fingerboard with no dead spots or choking out.
Modifications: changed tuners, new bone nut, refret, changed 3 way toggle, strap lock style buttons are installed.
Weight: 9 lbs, 3 oz.
Case: This guitar comes with an aftermarket hardshell case and we will ship it professionally packed and fully insured!