Yamaha Studio Lord SL500 LP Red Sunburst 1978
Yamaha Studio Lord SL500 Les Paul style in classic cherry sunburst, made in Japan in 1978. These Studio Lord models are amazingly well built, they're a great example of meticulous vintage Japanese craftsmanship. The cherry sunburst has aged beautifully and really shows off the grain of the maple, she's definitely a looker! The slim 3-piece neck feels great, it's very comfortable and the guitar feels perfectly balanced. The pickups produce a thick, full sound; the bridge pickup especially has that perfect LP crunch. It's got a few bumps and bruises from forty years of playing, but has aged pretty gracefully all in all. It'll certainly keep some far more expensive guitars honest!
Model: Yamaha Studio Lord SL500
Made: Japan, 1978 (serial 002478)
Finish: red sunburst over plain maple
Body: agathis/asian mahogany, sandwich style
Neck: maple, 3-piece
Pickup: original Yamaha uncovered humbucker, 6.89k(n)/6.93k(b) ohms
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. It's got some dings on the top, a proper ding in the binding near the rear strap pin and another near the pickup switch cover on the back, some little chips in the headstock, a fair bit of buckle rash and some discolouration from a since-removed sticker on the back. The cream plastics have yellowed with age, and there's some mild aging on the chrome. Curiously, one of the machine heads has been replaced with a gold one, although not the actual peg, just the back. There's some corrosion the pickup poles. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some normal wear, they're not in need of immediate attention, 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s and playing very nicely!