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1980 Yamaha Japan SF-500 Super Flighter Sunburst & new hard case.

£589.00 + shipping






The Yamaha "Super Flighter" range were produced by Yamaha Japan from 1977-1982. The standard of the range was an SF-500 which had a bolt on neck. A great guitar & very sought after. Next was the SF-700 which has a set neck & lastly is the SF-1000 which has a set neck, gold hardwear & a coil split option on both pickups.  The offset body, set neck & 24 fret neck made these a great rock guitar. Access to the upper frets is excellent. The SF-500 was made almost entirely from Mahogany & a wood called Taun. The fretboard is Rosewood. The serial number on this old Yamaha dates it to 1980

These guitars really do play well & I love the Yamaha pickups. Very powerful & great for rock.

Overall, I would describe the condition as excellent for a 43 year old guitar. The neck is straight and the frets have light wear only & no indents. Looking online there are a few for sale in the UK all of a similar price but I think the condition of this one is better there are almost no dents or chips just the odd scratch as can be seen in the gallery photos.

This guitar came in with an old gig bag. The guitar will just about fit in a Thomann rectangular case. It's a tight fit but will ensure that the guitar gets to you in one piece. The bodies on the SF range are quite wide which is the problem but I'm sure a better fitting case can be found online. As far as I can tell, everything looks original and this is a great guitar to collect for the future.

Here are some specifications


Yamaha SF-500 Specifications


• Construction: Bolt on Neck

• Scale Length: 24 3/4 " (628mm)

• Fingerboard: Rosewood

• Radius: 13 3/4 " (350mm)

• Frets: 24

• Body: Mahogany & Taun

• Neck: Mahogany (Bolt on)

Finish: Polyester High Gloss

• Bridge: T-O-M Bridge

• Pickups: Yamaha Alnico F-II Humbucking x 2

• Pickup Switch: 3-Position Toggle

• Controls: Front/rear Volume, Front/Rear Tone 

New Thomann  hard case


Hard Case


As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £50 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag.

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.


Or, you can buy quickly and safely using the PayPal "buy now" button and I will ship to most UK addresses the next working day. Highlands and Islands can be slightly dearer but I'll keep the cost as low as I can.

I can accept credit card payments by phone and will also offer a small discount to purchasers using bank transfer payments.

Overseas customers are very welcome but please email me first for shipping quotes.

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