(SOLD) Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980

Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980
Greco SA-500 Brown Sunburst 1980

Greco SA500, brown sunburst, made in Japan 1980. What an exquisite little biscuit this is! The SA500 from this era is Greco's take on the downsized 335, so it's similar to the Gibson ES339 in size, although it pre-dates the Gibson model by a few decades. The body is a superbly bookmatched laminate white sycamore with a centre block; it's a spectacular looking on both top and back. The burst finish has aged gracefully, and paired with the golden binding and dark chocolate rosewood board, this looks stunning. The neck is a slim, straight and comfy round shape; it's extremely easy to play and you can feel the love and precision that's gone into the build. CNC routers didn't arrive at Japan guitar builders for another couple of years, so this beauty was shaped and caressed entirely by hand... it's definitely a testament to the craftsmanship of the legendary Fujigen plant luthiers. The previous owner replaced the stock pickups with a pair of Duncan Phat Cats, which are a humbucker-sized P-90 style single coil. It sounds fantastic: clear and chiming, with a sweet openness and air through the treble, but thick and percussive on the low end. The midrange has a chewy sweetness to it, it's quite complex and lends a nice harmonic complexity to juicy chords. This is a really lovely guitar, I really enjoy playing it. 

Model: Greco SA-500
Made: 1980, Japan, Fujigen factory
Serial: E804334
Finish: brown sunburst, gloss poly
Body:  laminate white sycamore, book matched, centre block, 360mm width, 42mm depth
Neck: : 3-piece maple set neck, 43mm at nut, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Weight: 3.490kg
Mods: pickups replaced, locking tuners installed, Gotoh bridge and tailpiece installed, pickguard removed and missing, original parts not included
Pickups: Seymour Duncan SPH90 'Phat Cat' P-90 style single coil x2
Accessories: padded Epiphone gig bag

Cosmetic Condition Notes: Headstock has some minor chips on the end and bottom edge. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a handful of light scuffs and dimples, a dent on the back edge near the jack and a small chip on the top edge in the elbow area., no major marks. The sides have minor dimples around the whole body, no major marks. The front is pretty tidy, just some dimples on the top horn, near the knobs and in the elbow area, scuffs along the back edge as well as some play wear on the horns. 
Overall: Good Condition (7/10)

Playing Condition Notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.
Fret Life: 6/10, normal wear including some pitting, fairly even with no major buzz issues, recently cleaned and polished


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