Up for sale, a 1977 Greco Sparkle Sounds model SE-600 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The precursor to the Fender Japan JV Strats, the "Brazen Picker Professional" Sparkle 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, alder body, and large headstock shape with block logo. The guitar features its original trio of Maxon Excel alnico magnet black bobbin single coils, and via the three-way pickup selector switch, the bridge pickup is sparkling and clear, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and bell-like top end, with every shade of single coil Strat sound covered in-between. The guitar weighs 9lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a 7 1/4“ radius and stock slender fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and height left, with uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-4, extending beneath the plain strings to fret 9, and fainter flattening of the crowns up the remainder of the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted, responsive truss rod. Further adhering to traditional Fender spec, the scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The oversized headstock features the original nickel Greco-branded tuning machines that turn smoothly and work as they should. On the neck plate, the embossed serial number has a G77-prefix serial, dating to July of 1977.
On the body, the stock electronics feature a traditional Strat control array with a three-way blade pickup selector toggle, Maxon-made Excel black bobbin single coils, full-size pots, and a premium tone cap. All the original hardware and plastic parts are present too, with light patina on the chrome-plated bridge, jack cup, and neck plate. The clean white plastic parts are framed by a three-ply parchment pickguard which shows requisite pick scuffing on the treble side. The Black gloss finish shows its fair share of finish scratches and marks of light, honest use, mostly relegated to the back lower bout edge and body parameter, along with a few spots of isolated finish checking. There is natural palm wear through the gloss along the treble side edge of the neck profile, while the profile otherwise retains a pristine, smooth gloss finish.