Topshelf Instruments

Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984

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  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984
  • Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984

Topshelf Instruments

Yamaha SE450 Strat Tobacco Burst 1984

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Yamaha SE450, made in Taiwan 1984, tobacco burst. This little guy is basically a slightly rounder version of Strat shape; it's nice and comfy. It's got a moderately chunky 50s style neck, similar to a Fender Japan ST57, but with a nice dark rosewood board. The tone is a little warmer and darker than a standard Strat, but it still has the spank and cut you expect from this kind of setup. It's a nice little player that makes a lot of sense in the hands, built back when guitars were made properly from high quality timber. The two-tone burst finish is classy too. 

Model: Yamaha SE450
Made: Taiwain, 1984 (best estimate, serial KX15041)
Finish: tobacco burst, gloss
Body: nato wood (asian mahogany variant)
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays
Weight: 3.4kg approx
Mods: knobs replaced
Neck pickup: original Yamaha single coils
Case: none

Cosmetic condition notes: minor cosmetic wear. There's a proper ding just behind the bridge, everything else is very minor. There's a couple of dings on the headstock, some buckle rash on the back, some scratches on the guard, some dimples around the body and  some corners missing from the back-plate. Overall: good condition (7.5/10)

Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear, nothing nasty, 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s, setup and ready to go!