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1974 Greco SE-600N Vintage S-Style Guitar All Maple, Japan Matsumoko w/ Maxon Pickups


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Up for sale, a 1974 Greco SE-600N electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early Greco model produced at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this pre-serial number Greco model is rarely seen outside its country of origin. Despite strict adherence to Fender Strat build parameters in many respects, what makes the SE-600N stand out is the unique solid maple body. Paired with a one-piece maple neck, the guitar has an articulate treble character and authoritative note attack, qualities which translate well via the stock trio of Maxon-made single coils. These early Maxon pickups have stamped metal baseplates and braided leads, each measuring just under 5k ohms. Via the three-way pickup selector switch, the bridge pickup is twangy and cutting without being strident, the middle pickup is percussive and clear, with an even sound across all strings, and the neck pickup has ideal fullness and a bell-like response. This Greco weighs 10lbs 3oz, dialed in with low action and 10-46 strings by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.

The maple neck has a medium C shape with modest shoulder at the nut, gaining more heft and roundness as you move up the fretboard, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .935” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The oversized headstock features the early “Gneco” logo, with a stock set of star tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector switch, and standard Strat Volume/Tone/Tone control array. The pickup baseplates are embossed with the Maxon name and feature matching 1974 date stamps. The chrome hardware is bright and clean, and all original plastics are in great shape, including a unique truss rod access panel at the neck heel. Cosmetically, this guitar is remarkably well-kept, with wear limited to faint scuffs on the clear coat of the gloss.

A gigbag is included.