Yamaha SS-300 Black 1982
Yamaha SS-300, made in Japan in 1982, black. These are quirky, but so cool, right? The SS series popped up for one year, 1982, and never made it into the full Yamaha catalog. The shape is a halfway between a Strat and a... something? The headstock borrows from the classic Flying Samurai models of the sixties, which paired with the wacky guard and big speed knobs makes for a cool look. Tone-wise, it's a super fat take on the Strat: heaps of beefy low end and attack with nice little sparkle on the top end. The pickups are slightly overwound compared to a standard Strat single, so there's a nice little bit of heat when you plug into an angry amp. The neck is a moderate round profile, it's easy to get along with and feels slick and quick. There's a lot to love, right?
Model: Yamaha SS-300
Made: 1982, Japan (serial 099853)
Finish: black, gloss poly, 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 12" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Yamaha single coil x3
Case: non-original faux leather gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs and dimples, no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just minor dimples around the whole body. The front is pretty tidy, just some scuffs and dimples around the the bridge and elbow area and play wear on the guard and top horn. 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 have some very minor wear only, 9/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.