(SOLD) Greco FA-80 Hollow Body Sunburst 1990
Greco FA-80 archtop, made in Japan 1990, sunburst finish. It looks good, no? By 1990, Greco were a couple of decades deep on doing Gibson-inspired guitars to a very good standard. This one is a take on the ES-175, the classic full-body archtop. It's beautifully executed, with some really tidy workmanship, excellent fret and finish work and plenty of crisp visual details. The neck is comfy and slim in the hands, with a gorgeous dark streaky rosewood board and those cool split parallelogram inlays. The tone on deck is dark, warm and thick, balanced by a defined zesty top end and a wide, full midrange. The choc brown to golden yellow burst finish is classy as heck, letting some subtle birdseye grain show through and generally delivering the visual goods. We get a fair few Greco LP-style guitars through, and even a decent number of 335-style models, but the fully hollow 175ish offerings like this are pretty hard to get. You won't be disappointed.
Model: Greco FA-80
Made: 1990, Japan, Fujigen plant (serial L901925)
Finish: brown sunburst, gloss poly
Body: laminate maple, fully hollow, full 85mm depth, 400mm across
Neck: mahogany, rosewood board, slim rounded shape, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Mods: pickguard removed, new bone nut installed, mute added to tailpiece
Pickups: Greco humbucker x2
Case: basic non-original hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has a chip on the veneer on the front on the top right corner, some scuffs around the posts on the front, and some rub wear and dimples on the end and edges. The neck has some dimples, scuffs and surface scratches on the back, but it's clean and smooth enough in the hands. The back has some scuffs around the neck joint, and some dimples and scuffs in the elbow area around the back edge to the bottom corner. The sides have minor dimples around the whole body, no major marks. The front has some dimples near the knobs, scuffs in the elbow area and some play wear on the horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have some minor wear, 8/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 11/49s.