Yamaha SR-500 Super Rn'Roller Strat Copy Natural 1978
Yamaha SR-500 'Super RnRoller' Strat copy, natural finish, made in Japan 1978. It's no secret that we love vintage Yamaha around here, there's a good reason for it: it's incredible gear. This is based on the '57 Strat, but with a big headstock, ash body and 3-ply guard to add some 70s appeal. The natural finish really shows off the sen ash, especially with 40+ years of yellowing and mellowing; it's a stunning piece. The neck is moderately chunky and comfortably round, it's easy to get along with. The 3-way switch is a little odd, but this doles out a mammoth tone: warm, glassy, thick, rich and satisfying. These still fly under the radar somewhat with MIJ collectors, but don't let that fool you: this is 100% class.
Model: Yamaha SR-500 Super Rn'Roller
Made: 1978, Japan (best estimate, serial 003086)
Finish: natural gloss
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with maple board, dot inlays
Mods: none (note: three way switch is standard on these models)
Pickups: original Yamaha single coils
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's four or five dings around the edge of the guitar, as well as some minor dimples on the top horn and behind the bridge. There's some light play wear on and above the guard and some very light buckle-rash on the back. The neck lacquer is heavily played-in so it's feeling very smooth. 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 are quite low but fairly even;, there's no real buzz issues yet, 6/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s and ready to roll.