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1978 Greco Sparkle Sounds SE-600 Vintage S-Style Electric Guitar Natural Ash w/ Case, Japan Fujigen

$1,099.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 1978 Greco Sparkle Sounds model SE-600 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 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, ash 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 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a 7 1/4“ radius and stock slender fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and height, with light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6, and virtually no wear further up 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 double line Kluson Deluxe-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and work as they should. On the neck plate, the embossed serial number has a I78-prefix serial, dating to September of 1978.

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 coil pickups, and full-size pots that date to ‘78. All the original hardware and plastic parts are present, with bright chrome plating on the bridge, jack cup, and neck plate. The white plastic parts are notably clean, with some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the three-ply pickguard. The Natural gloss finish highlights the broad grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear limited to light scattered marks mostly relegated to the body perimeter. The neck profile finish shows palm wear through the gloss along the treble-side fretboard edge, with just a few minuscule marks on the clear coat that are not distracting while fretting.

The original form-fit hardshell case is included.