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1980 Greco SS700 SG Standard Vintage Guitar Cherry w/ Vibrola & Case, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1980 Greco SG Standard model SS700 in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A first-year example produced during the "Super Real" pinnacle of Greco manufacture at the Fujigen factory, this SS700 adheres closely to early '60s Gibson spec.

At 6lbz 11oz, this Greco is a featherweight and acoustically lively and warm, qualities which translate well through the pickup pair, a later substitution that meters at 14.3k ohms in the bridge position and 7.3k ohms at the neck. The perceived volume is quite balanced between the three pickup positions, and each setting is distinct. The authoritative bridge pickup has a pronounced upper midrange character and plenty of growl, while the neck pickup is sweet and clear, with a chiming cut, great for chording and more mellow passages. We've professionally setup this Greco here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, and the guitar has been dialed in with optimal intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.

The mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s-style C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle yet consistent increase in depth as you travel up the fingerboard, filling out to a nice handful with generous shoulder by the 9th fret and beyond, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features fret edge binding, pearloid trapezoid inlay, and medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing no wear. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has the inlaid Greco name and crown logo, a small but significant accent seen only on the very first SS700s (a different logo would be substituted by '81). The Greco Deluxe Kluson-style single line tuners are extremely accurate to early '60s spec with lightly greened keystone buttons. The K80-prefix serial on the back of the headstock dates to November, 1980.

All of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size pots and paper-in-oil tone capacitors. Hardware includes the original ABR-1-style bridge and a substituted nickel-plated Maestro-style long frame Vibrola tailpiece that has a smooth response. It's also worth noting that this model never had a stoptail installed, always fitted with a Vibrola tailpiece. All original plastics are included including the multi-ply pickguard, neck tenon spacer, and quartet of clean reflector cap knobs.

The transparent Cherry gloss finish exhibits various nicks and scuffs on the body, largely on the back and body perimeter, with more concentrated wear along the back lower bout edge, and a spot of light buckle rash central to the upper bout. There is a very slender and extremely cleanly repaired heel repair visible on the inside edge of the treble-side cutaway, and there are also two filled strap button holes on the back of each body horn. The gloss finish on the profile is smooth and clean.

The original rectangular black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included. The case retains its trio of functional latches and the original handle.