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1976 Greco SA-500 Vintage ES Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst w/ Maxon Humbuckers, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1976 Greco SA-500 hollowbody guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of Greco's more unique and uncommon early offerings crafted at the Fujigen factory in Japan, this SA is a scaled down fully hollow instrument in the vein of Gibson's ES guitars, featuring a 14" lower bout width.

With a maple body and neck and a genuine slab ebony fingerboard, the acoustic tone is snappy and bright, with an added warmth and airiness thanks to the hollow construction. The sound is lively and dynamic via the pair of original Maxon-made U-1000 humbuckers. Wound in the low 8k ohms range, the humbuckers retain plenty of top end detail and have a harmonically-rich sound, perfect for both complex clean chord voicings or richly overdriven textures. Featherweight at just 6lbs 6oz, this guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register, measuring .800” at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The ebony fingerboard is an unusual upscale option, bound and inlaid with pearloid blocks. The slender fretwire shows only light wear beneath the G and B strings, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut is 1 9/16" in width. The headstock sports an “open book” shape, Greco inlay, and bell-shaped truss rod cover. The original set of “Greco Guitar”-branded tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch with bright chrome plating and metal tulip buttons.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the Macon U-1000 humbuckers wired to a three-way pickup selector and dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The ink stamps on the baseplates date to 1976. Hardware includes a Nashville-style Tune-O-Matic bridge and Byrdland-esque trapeze tailpiece, and plastics comprise the quartet of clean gold reflector cap knobs and four-ply black pickguard, which displays some scuffing along the picking path.

The Ice Tea Sunburst gloss finish is in exceptional condition, highlighting subtle flame figuring extending across the top and back. Cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few light scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is similarly clean.

The original black tolex hardshell case with aluminum trim and gold plush interior is included. The case retains its original latches and handle.