Up for sale, a 1976 Greco Super Sounds SE500 S-Style guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The forefather of the Fender Japan JV Strats, the Super Sounds models were made in Japan at the famed Fujigen factory prior to Fujigen Gakki signing their deal with Fender. As such, this guitar captures the look and feel of a '70s Strat, with a maple neck, large headstock shape with block logo, ash body with transparent Blonde finish, and trio of alnico single coil pickups. Via the five-way selector switch, the bridge pickup is twangy and cutting without being too strident, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and bell-like top end. Every shade of single coil Strat sound is covered thanks to the modified S1 mini toggle, providing five additional pickup combinations. The result is a rich and textured take on the classic Strat tonal profile, with the midrange punch of the ash body, and the articulation and note attack of a maple fretboard. This Super Sounds is lightweight at 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a medium C shape at the nut with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. The frets have plenty of height, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. This Greco adheres to traditional Fender spec with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and 1 5/8" nut width. On the oversized headstock, the original nickel Greco-branded tuning machines are intact and hold pitch well. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with the G76-prefix serial number, translating to July of 1976.
The electronics work as they should, with the stock trio of black bobbin single coil pickups wired to a Master Volume, Master Tone, five-way pickup selector blade switch, and two-way S1 mini toggle switch. The original plastics are in great shape, and the transparent Blonde gloss finish shows some yellowing of the clear coat, showcasing the grain of the ash body. Cosmetic wear is limited to light marks and scuffs in the finish mostly relegated to the body parameter. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
A faux leather gigbag is included.