(SOLD) Yamaha LP800C Lord Player Red Sunburst 1984
Yamaha LP800C Lord Player in red sunburst, made in Japan 1984. This is one of Yamaha's earlier Lord Player models; they were made from 1983-1986 as a more vintage-correct update on the well-renowned Studio Lord models of 76-82. It's an absolutely magnificent piece of craftsmanship: holy heck, it's just sublime. The neck is slim and quick, arrow-straight and comfortably rounded in the back, and topped with a luxurious ebony board. The seven-ply binding and gold hardware really makes the faded red sunburst finish pop; it's such a tasty look. The burst shows off a subtle birds-eye grain in the top... all the wood involved is of exceptional quality. The pickups are a voiced after a PAF style humbucker, so they're clear, rich and full of sparkle. The lows frequencies are tuneful and immediate, while the mids are crunchy, forthright and full of space and air. There's none of the vague muddiness of lesser LPs; the treble is perfectly piquant and clear even on the neck pickup. You can split the HBs to a single coil tone via the push/push tone pots too... I like the middle position on the switch with the bridge pickup split, it's nice balance of thickness with clarity. The lower end LP400 models and their earlier cousins, the SL500 Studio Lords, pop up fairly regularly, but this is the first ever high end LP800C model we've had through the shop. It's a truly brilliant guitar, it'll make a fellow Yamaha nerd extremely happy indeed.
Model: Yamaha Lord Player LP800C
Made: Japan, 1984 (serial 132759)
Finish: red sunburst
Body: mahogany, sandwich style, birdseye maple top
Neck: 1-piece mahogany, ebony board, slim 60s shape, 12" radius
Neck pickup: Yamaha covered PAF-style humbucker x2
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a couple of marks on the end of the headstock. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a couple of light dimples in the middle and some loght scuffs around the place, no major marks. The sides have some very minor dimples on both horns and near the jack. The front is pretty tidy, just a little dimple up from the bridge, some light scuffs along the back edge and some light play wear on the guard and horns. The cap off one tone knob is missing. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look good, there's minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/52 Moonshiners strings.