Yamaha SS-300 Candy Apple Red 1982
Yamaha SS-300, made in Japan in 1982, candy apple red. Now, friends: in the early 80s, Yamaha was doing a Strat-inspired line called the Super Combinator. They looked basically like this in shape, but without the Samurai hockey stick headstock... this model doesn't seem to appear in catalogs, so I'm gonna go ahead and guess SS stands for Super Samurai. It's got the three single coil pickups like a Strat, although they're in a slighter wider housing. Tone-wise, it's like a beefy, extra punchy Strat: heaps of attack and spank with a nice low end and chiming treble. The neck is a moderate 57-Strat-ish type shape; it's easy to get along with. The body is a kinda drunk halfway point between a Strat and a... something. It looks rad; they wonky guard and two giant knobs give it a cool offset charm. If you're a vintage Yam fan (you ought be, get with the program!) and want to add something a bit different to the stash, this one is a lot of fun.
Model: Yamaha SS-300
Made: 1982, Japan (serial 093001)
Finish: candy apple red, poly
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 12" radius, 25.5" scale
Case: original faux leather gig bag and manual
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end and bottom edge. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs and surface scratches, no major marks. The sides are fairly clean, just some dimples and a chip in the elbow area and some minor chips on the bottom horn. The front is pretty tidy, just a dent up from the bridge and some light surface scuffs and play wear. 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 normal wear but plenty of height; 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.