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1978 Greco SA-800 Vintage 345 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar w/ Varitone, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco SA-800 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This SA-800 faithfully reproduces the high quality craftsmanship and tonal nuances of the Gibson ES-345, and tonewoods include a figured white sycamore thinline body with a maple center block, and three-piece maple neck capped with a bound ebony fingerboard.

Acoustically, the guitar offers both immediacy and tonal breadth, with a lively, detailed sound captured by the two original PAF-style Maxon-made PU-2 humbuckers. The bridge pickup is clear and open, with plenty of chime, while the neck produces warm, round jazz tonalities with enough clarity and cut to satisfy blues players when pushing a tube amp. The six-position Varitone control works similar to the Gibson variety, producing a unique range of focused and distinctly voiced tones. Position 6 on the Varitone is wide open (no filtering) and the sounds get progressively darker turning the knob towards 1. Wired for mono operation and weighing 8lbs 2oz, this Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders at the nut, gaining a hair more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The ebony fretboard features fret edge binding just like a proper Gibson, with split parallelogram pearloid inlay. The medium jumbo fretwire benefits from a level and crown with good meat remaining, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock has an “open book” shape with a Greco logo and crown inlay, and the metal tulip button gold-plated tuning machines function smoothly. The L78-prefix inked serial number dates to December of 1978.

All of the electronics work as they should, with individual pairs of Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and a three-way pickup selector toggle. The humbuckers meter at 7.7k ohms. Both pickups have their correct Greco/Maxon stamps on the baseplates, dating to '78. The no-wire ABR-1 bridge and stopbar are modern Gibson-spec replacements. Plastics comprise the cream switch tip, quartet of witch hat knobs, and chicken head pointer knob for the Varitone. The original oval Greco label is visible through the F hole.

The gloss finish is akin to Gibson's "Cherry" color, yet is officially Wine Red as denoted by the "WR" model suffix on the label. The finish has great transparency, and there is extensive, tight bookmatched flame figuring extending liberally across the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, with a couple chips in the finish adjacent to the knobs, and light buckle worming central to the back. The neck retains its smooth gloss, with just a few shallow marks on the profile length.

A Guardian-brand gigbag is included.