Yamaha SA700 Super Axe Semi-Hollow Natural 1977
Yamaha SA700 in natural, made in Japan 1977. These were Yamaha's take on the iconic Gibson ES-335. The SA series like this are some of Yamaha's longest running and most revered models; sit still for five minutes around here and you'll cop an earful about their many virtues. The natural finish on this one has aged to a sweet golden hue and is in remarkable condition for a 42+ year old instrument; it's certainly something to behold. The tone is magic: a harmonically rich, open midrange completed by a warm rounded bass, a singing clear treble and a rhythmic, crystal clear attack. The quality of timber and craftsmanship on offer is remarkable, every inch of the guitar is exactly right. That translates to a satisfying playing experience; the moderate round neck is a dream, the body is very talkative and full of charm... it's a delight in the hands. Life plan: buy this, play it daily, love it dearly, pass it on to your grandchildren. Sorted!
Model: Yamaha SA-700 'Super Axe'
Made: Japan, 1977 (best estimate, serial 001383)
Finish: natural gloss
Body: maple with centre block
Neck: one piece mahogany, rosewood board, 12" radius, 24.75" scale
Mods: strap pins changed
Pickup: original PAF-style covered humbuckers
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimple son the end. Neck is pretty clean, very light marks only. The back has some some light scratches on the bottom side but is very clean. The sides have some very minor dimples on the bottom horn, near the knobs and near the rear strap pin. The front is in great shape, just some dimples near the knobs and between the pickups and some light play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear, they're in great shape for their age, 8/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 11/49s.