Up for sale, a 1975 Greco S-55 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in an era where Greco was refining their model specs and dialing in very faithful iterations of Gibson's most popular models, this upscale ES-175D-style instrument is a Fujigen-made guitar, rarely seen outside of Japan.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Maxon-made U-1000 humbuckers. The fully hollow maple body gives the guitar both the immediate attack and clarity of that particular tonewood, but also an airy quality and smoothness befitting the hollowbody construction. Authoritative and bell-like at the neck pickup, with a rich, throaty cut at the bridge, this guitar is clear and crisp with a sweet singing treble register and just enough midrange heft. Weighing 7lbs 4oz, this S-55 benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid split parallelogram inlay, with fret-edge binding on the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape, benefitting from a light level and crown, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 4-8. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Greco-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean chrome-plated keystone buttons.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker. The pickups both retain the factory stamps on their brass baseplates, dating to 1975. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, including the zig-zag trapeze tailpiece and ABR-1-style floating bridge with ebony base. Plastics comprise the raised four–ply pickguard and the original quartet of witch hat knobs.
The gloss Ice Tea Sunburst finish exhibits broad, prominent finish checking on the top, with some additional checking across the plastic neck heel cap. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a handful of dings on the lower bout on top, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
A padded gigbag is included.