1983 Yamaha AE-1200
Legendary Full Hollow, L5 Lawsuit Clone
This is one of the best jazz guitars you will ever find and is not as well known as a lot of others because of its rarity. Hollowbody guitars are known to be the peak of the luthiers art and skill and the AE1200 is the peak of that art in this period of Japanese artistry which includes the Yamaha SG and SA series, now widely known as classics. The AE 1200 has spruce body / maple side and back with ebony fretboard, and from the serial numbers and other date codes was made in 1983. This guitar also has Grover imperial tuners for stability of tuning and push-push pots for both pickups to give any combination of neck-bridge Alnico humbucker and single coil sounds. It is incredibly versatile and an absolute dream to play. The spruce body is now responsive to picking technique and finger vibrato on the ebony neck and the well balanced pickups are crisp and warm - this is an absolute delight.
This guitar is 30 years old with some body wear on the top of the body, including thin cracks at the back of the neck and the front body parallel to 6th string. This does not impair its playability - the action is low for a guitar of this type yet it is resonant and toneful. When new these guitars sold for 120,000 Yen. (Dating hint: pickup stamped 58.x.x meaning Japanese Showa calendar year 58 = Showa staring year 1925 + 58 = 1983). Please note Bigsby tremolo + Luxury tuners replaced the original parts. A brand new gig bag comes along with this guitar.