1982 Yamaha SG Standard 800S in Metallic Blue

The Blue Book Says:

SG-800
– symmetrical double sharp cutaway nato body, carved maple top, set mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with split pearl triangle inlays, black headstock overlay with Yamaha logo and design inlay, three-per-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, cream pickguard, two covered humbucker pickups, four amber top hat knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, coil tap in the tone knob, jack on face of guitar, chrome hardware, available in Oil Stain finish, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1980-81.

I Say:

A hard one to date this one as the serial number does not have any letters to identify the year, however in Vintage Guitar Magazine, they state that,

“Finally, the SG-800S appeared in ’81. This was another set-neck guitar that differed from the earlier SG-800 in that it now sported dot inlays and white bobbins on exposed pickup bobbins. These models show up in the ’82 U.S. catalog as the revived SBG-500. The SBG-500 was gone by ’83, so the Japanese SG-800S probably disappeared then, too. It was not in the ’84 Japanese catalog.”

The previous owner says that he has had it since 1982, and based on the above information I see no reason to doubt the accuracy of that.

For a 37 year old guitar this is really in great condition.  As you would expect there are a few scrapes and chips, but they are all very minor and in no way affect the playability of the guitar.  The neck and frets are in great condition, and the rosewood fingerboard shows no visible signs of wear.  There is a volute at the rear of the nut – this was added to strengthen the neck at the point where the most common breakages occur.

The push push knobs still work and coil tap the hum bucker pickups to give a good single coil type sound.

The original Yamaha fitted case does show signs of wear and tear – clearly it’s done a good job of protecting the guitar.