1970s Estrada SF-7 Electrified Mini-Hummingbird 00-Size Guitar

A consignor dropped this guitar off with a mix of other gear. It has an Estrada label and headstock logo but the same, weird, truss rod cover that can be seen on a mix of brands from the '70s -- Ibanez, most notably. It's a Japanese-made guitar and, considering the build and truss cover and style, probably built at the same factory that some of the similar Ibanez flattops were made.

It's all-ply, 00 in size with a Martin-looking body shape, and has a Gibson-style cherry red sunburst finish with a "hummingbird"-style pickguard and parallelogram-style fretboard inlay. I mean -- this thing is a mix of all worlds guitar at the time.

It also sounds rather blah as an acoustic but it does handle nicely after our work on it (Jose did a good job on the frets and making the new saddle and I helped him get it wired-up). We decided to make some lemonade from the lemons and fit an old '80s humbucking magnetic soundhole acoustic guitar pickup to it, string it with nickel-wound strings, and turn it into a plugged-in rockmobile. You can get clean, jangly acoustic strum-style stuff out of it plugged-in, now, right through to thicker old-fashioned jazz, and when given some dirt, a nice crunchy bit of mayhem. It's all quite feedback-resistant, too.

Repairs included: a fret level/dress, replacement rosewood saddle, pickup fitting and wiring (with bridge pin ground plate), setup, etc.

  • Weight: 4 lbs 2 oz
  • Scale length: 24 3/4"
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Neck shape: medium C
  • Board radius: 12"
  • Body width: 14 3/4"
  • Body depth: 3 3/4"
  • Top wood: ply spruce
  • Back & sides wood: ply mahogany
  • Bracing type: x
  • Bridge: rosewood family, replacement?
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Neck wood: mahogany/maple
  • Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
  • String gauges: 50w-11 with wound G, nickel-wound electric set
  • Truss rod: adjustable
  • Neck relief: straight
  • Fret style: medium-lower

Condition notes: it's actually fairly clean and in good order. The saddle is on the low side but it's a ply-top instrument so its setup does not change much aside from truss rod adjustments. The soundhole pickup (1980s) is not original and we added it. The bridge is original but its bolts are uncovered (they would have had pearl dots). We've added a new, fully-compensated, rosewood saddle to it. The bridge pins are likely replacements. The back corners of the bridge have a teensy amount of lift at their edges (it's hard not to on ply-tops as they distorted) but the separation was filled and does not look bad. The bridge is bolted, anyhow!

It comes with: sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: DC


BennoSteve said…
This Estrada is very pretty!