Greco Super View SV-600 Semi-Hollow Wine Red 1979
Greco SV-600 semi-hollow, wine red, made in Japan 1979. These vintage Greco 335 style guitars are such wonderful instruments; it's hard to describe just how tasty they are. The 'Super View' series was Greco's twist on the 335 body design, tweaked for the local Japanese market. As such, you get a slightly smaller body; 20mm or so smaller across the top than a 335 and a delightfully agreeable slim, round neck, and by 1979, a less lawsuit-attracting headstock. The legendary 'golden era' build quality from the famed Fujigen luthiers really shines when you pick this up: the finish quality and build precision is obvious; it feels so nicely put together in the hands. The trans wine red finish shows off the detailed, intriguing grain of the sycamore; with four decades of aging and some smoky chrome and yellowed binding to match, it's truly a gorgeous creature. There's a generous dollop of delicious tone on tap too; the thick, juicy rounded lows are complemented by san open, dynamic midrange and a sweet, articulate treble. It has a certain living, breathing eloquence that's very alluring. For a fraction of the cost of a similarly aged Gibson example, this is surely a big old slice of bluesy vintage semi-hollow pie.
Model: Greco SV-600 Super View
Made: 1979, Japan, Fujigen factory (serial F795527)
Finish: walnut stain, black 4-ply guard, aged cream double binding
Body: white sycamore, maple centre block
Neck: 3-piece maple set neck, 43mm at nut
Pickups: original Maxon U2000 PAF-style humbuckers
Case: original brown vegan-leather gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a couple of minor chips on the end of the headstock. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, tiny dimples only. There's a small crack in the lacquer only where the neck meets the body; it's definitely not a structural crack; see the pic for reference. The back has a couple fo very small chips near the middle and one against the binding on the shoulder, aside from that it's just minor scuffs. The sides have no major marks, just a few things: scuffs on the top horn, some minor binding cracks and scratches on the shoulder, a couple of minor dents near the knobs and bottom horn. The front is pretty clean, just some tiny chips near the top F-hole, behind the bridge and near the jack as well as some normal play scratches on the guard and 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. Frets have some minor wear, 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 12/54 Moonshiners strings.