Greco SA-75, cherry to black fade, made in Japan 1990. This is a really lovely guitar! The SA-75 replaced the (slightly) more common SA-700 and dates to the very end of the 'open O logo' era, famed for the 'Mint Collection' guitars. This was made at the legendary Fujigen factory and absolutely oozes quality and mystique. The finish is a little unusual; the educated assumption is that this was originally a normal heritage-cherry finish, and a previous owner has had a professional add a fade-to-black around the edge of the top. It certainly gives the guitar a unique aesthetic; it adds a certain pirate-cherry-cola vibe that's easy to love. The slim neck is forgiving and comfortable, and the body really pulses with every note; it's a joy to play. The body is just a nudge smaller than a standard 335, which combined with the neck, adds a level of ease that's not altogether common in this genre of guitar. The humbuckers produce a creamy, smooth, articulate tone; it's equally at home doing crispy-clear cleans or gritty overdriven rhythm parts. We arranged a full fret-dress when we got this, so it's playing brilliantly and the frets are perfectly even, shiny and beautiful. So yes, this is really lovely.
Model: Greco SA-75
Year: 1990, Japan, Fujigen factory (serial 0 8087)
Finish: original cherry red with fade to black added, black 4-ply guard, aged cream double binding
Body: laminate maple top, back and sides, maple centre block
Neck: mahogany neck, slim profile
Weight: 3.5kg approx
Mods: black fade on finish (best estimate)
Pickups: Original covered humbuckers
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's quite a few very minor marks, but nothing that's major at all. The most notable marks are some spots on the bottom edge of the back, small dings on the end of the headstock, some light 'buckle rash', some minor scuffs around the binding and a few nicks in the front of the body. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is very low. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have just been professionally dressed, so they're in brilliant shape, 9/10. Setup with fresh 11/49s. Tasty!