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


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco SA-800 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This SA-800 faithfully reproduces the high quality craftsmanship and tonal nuances of your favorite ES-345, and tonewoods include heavily figured bookmatched white sycamore body construction, 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 faithfully by the two 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 into overdrive. 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 8oz, this Grec has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in all registers, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard featured fret edge binding just like a proper Gibson, with split parallelogram pearloid inlay and original vintage-spec medium jumbo frets with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has a clean Greco logo and crown inlay, with an "open book" shape and gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. The L78-prefix inked serial number dates to December of 1978.

All of the electronics work as they should, with original humbuckers that read 7.8k ohms in the bridge position and 7.7k at the neck. Both pickups have their correct Greco/Maxon date stamps on the baseplates, dating to '78. All of the original hardware is intact, including the Nashville-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece, with light, uniform patina across the gold plating. Plastics comprise the multi-ply pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs with gold inserts.

The transparent Walnut gloss finish is framed by ambered binding, with flame figuring extending evenly across the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings on the back, and more restrained wear on top with just a couple minor marks and light pick scuffing across the guard.

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