During the height of the Les Paul copying craze of the late 1970s, sometimes dubbed the “Lawsuit era” companies like Ibanez, Tokai and Yamaha to name but a few were producing their own Les Paul interpretations modelled on the Gibson Les Paul model. These would become known as the Lawsuit Guitars. Yamaha produced 2 types, the Studio Lord and the Lord Player. The Studio Lord tended to have the Yamaha headstock, similar as the Yamaha SG, and the Lord Player was issued with the open book model Gibson headstock. Here we have a rare high end Yamaha SL-800s, the 1970/80’s top of the range version of Japanese Yamaha Les Paul Studio Lord model issue 2, these guitars were produced during the late 1970’s till the early 1980s, along the well known Yamaha SG range.
This Yamaha Yamaha SL-800s was produced in the famous Fujigen factory shops and was deemed the top type of the later Yamaha Les Paul (SL/LP) range. The earlier range had the SL-1000 and LP-1000 Custom at the top. The guitar sports a solid body, fitted with a set neck, ebo fretboard, top quality chrome hardware, dual metal covered Yamaha Humbuckers. The guitar body is decorated with mother of pearl fret markers and cream binding that has beautifully aged to a cream yellow hue, a great Les Paul model, killer looks, great time and sound and oozing of mojo and vintage vibe.