1978 Yamaha SG500 in Black.

The Blue Book Says:

SG-500
– symmetrical double sharp cutaway maple and agathis body, set mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with split pearl triangle inlays, bound black headstock overlay with Yamaha logo and design inlay, three-per-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, black pickguard, two exposed humbucker pickups, four amber top hat knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, jack on face of guitar, chrome hardware, available in Black or Cherry finish, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1976-1980.

I say:

I really do like these Yamaha SG’s this one is a pretty straight forward dual hum bucker guitar, no coil taps here!

The headstock appears to have no marks – remarkable for a guitar that’s 40 years old.  The neck is smooth and blemish free, the rosewood fingerboard and frets are in great condition, there’s a volute on the neck just behind the nut.

The front of the body has a few light scratches and dents – nothing too unsightly.  The rear of the body – that’s a different story!  Clearly a previous owner had an excellent supply of large metal belts – the rear of the guitar is a mass of dents and scrapes.  I could call it a “genuine relic” without telling any lies!

Sonically the pickups are surprisingly detailed and have quite an airy feel to them.

Looking at this it’s no wonder Gibson were panicking back in the late 70’s and early 80’s!

The original Yamaha fitted case has seen better days – some peeling of the telex and it’s lost one clasp, however that’s cosmetic – it still does its job of protecting the guitar!