Sakai SG Style Red Burst c1968
Sakai SG style, made in Japan late sixties approx, red burst. Sakai were one of a number of Japanese builders making cool little guitars for both the domestic and international market in the sixties. This little guy references the Gibson SG in shape, but in true vintage MIJ form it sports a funky trem, two single coil pickups with offset-style slider switches and a cool six-in-line headstock. It adds up nicely in the hands: it holds tune well, action is low and it's light and lively to the touch. The tone is fun too: a thick plonky attack with a nice smattering of brightness and chirp on top; great with a generous dose of spring reverb. There's a lot to like here, it's a fun and handy little guitar with a lot of character.
Model: Sakai SG Style, exact model unknown
Made: 1968 approx, Japan
Finish: red to black burst
Body: luan (educated estimate)
Neck: maple, rosewood board, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Pickup: single coil x2
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor scuffs on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples only. The back has a couple of dimples around the outside edge, no major marks. The sides have a couple of little chips in the elbow area and some dimples near the jack, no major marks. The front is very tidy, just some dimples on the back edge and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. All electronics tested and working properly. Setup with fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings