(SOLD) Used Yamaha Studio Lord SL500 Cherry Sunburst 1978
Yamaha Studio Lord SL500 Les Paul style in classic cherry sunburst, made in Japan in 1978. These Studio Lord models are amazingly well built, they're a great example of meticulous vintage Japanese craftsmanship. The cherry sunburst has aged beautifully and really shows off the grain of the mahogany, she's definitely a looker! The slim 3-piece neck feels great, it's very comfortable and the guitar feels perfectly balanced. The original humbuckers produce a thick, full sound; the bridge pickup especially has that perfect LP crunch. It's got a few bumps and bruises from nearly forty years of playing, but has aged pretty gracefully all in all. It'll certainly keep some far more expensive guitars honest!
Model: Studio Lord SL500
Made in: Japan
Finish: Cherry sunburst over plain mahogany
Body: Mahogany, 4 pieces
Neck: Mahogany, 3 pieces
Neck pickup: Original Yamaha uncovered humbucker, 6.89k ohms
Bridge pickup: Original Yamaha uncovered humbucker, 6.93k ohms
Cosmetic condition notes: Some significant wear. The cream plastics have yellowed with age, and there's some mild aging on the chrome. Curiously, one of the machine heads has been replaced with a gold one, although not the actual peg, just the back. It's got some dings on the top, a proper ding in the binding near the rear strap pin and another near the pickup switch cover on the back, some little chips in the headstock, a fair bit of buckle rash and some discolouration from a since-removed sticker on the back. There's some corrosion the pickup poles. Overall condition: fair to good.
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight (these three piece necks are very sturdy), intonation is good, action is low. There's some fret-wear including minor pitting, but is still a while off needing a full fret dress. Plays very well, it feels great! Hard to put down.