Yamaha SR-400 Super R'N'Roller Sunburst 1979
Yamaha SR-400 Super R'n'Roller, sunburst finish. This one has some majesty about it. The Super R'N'Roller series was Yamaha's take on the Strat, made briefly around the late seventies. That finish: oh boy, it looks killer. There's barely a ding to show for four decades of play and the gaudy burst fade shows off the thick, tight lines of the sen ash beautifully. The concentric circles in the elbow area kinda look like an eye that stares you down as it hangs on the wall in the shop. The neck is a chunky D style profile, similar to a Fender '57 reissue model, but with a flatter board conducive to big bends. It's a gorgeous piece of maple, there's some tight grain and subtle birds-eye markings and it feels like a million bucks. The tone is spanky: heaps of attack and a warm, assertive midrange with a sparkly jangle on the top... yum. I'm a sucker for these vintage Yamaha guitars, and you know why? It's because they're ace, that's way.
Model: Yamaha SR-400 Super R'n'Roller
Made: 1979, Japan (best estimate, serial 010777)
Finish: three tone sunburst, gloss poly
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with maple board, 9.5" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Yamaha R-II single coil x3
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor simples on the end. The neck has no major marks, just some minor dimples on the back. The back ha a couple of dimples along the bottom edge and a dent below the cavity. The sides have minor scuffs on the top horn, elbow area and near the jack. The front is super clean, just some dimples on the back edge and play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets are pretty good, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.