Up for sale, a 1980 Greco Super Real JG700 in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. An extremely rare instrument, this Greco is the direct precursor to the Fender Japan instrument line, produced at the Fujigen factory two years before that factory was awarded the contract to make genuine Fender instruments.
Only mentioned in one Greco catalog, the JG700 is an extremely well-crafted Jaguar-style instrument with numerous unique features that set it aside from early Fender Japan production including an ash body, V-shaped neck profile carve, silver Rhythm Circuit rollers, a wide bevel tortoise pickguard, and flat pole pickups that have a particularly full sound.
The guitar weighs 9lbs 3oz, offering a certain sonic authority, midrange heft and note attack, qualities which translate well through the single coil pair. The pickups have a woody, percussive cut and plenty of overall body. The sound can get sinewy and snappy with the bridge pickup favored and bass cut switch engaged, yet the guitar offers a particularly broad range of tones, fattest and roundest on the Rhythm Circuit. We've had this JG700 professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender soft V-shaped neck profile carve at the nut, with notable substance and increased profile depth as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .770" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearl dot inlay, and the original slender fretwire is flawless. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock has the correct Jaguar shape with block "Super" text and Greco Deluxe double line Kluson-style tuners that function reliably. The I80-prefix serial number on the neck plate translates to September of 1980.
The electronics all function as intended, and compared to a Fender Jaguar, the Rhythm Circuit on/off switch works in reverse, engaging the circuit in the Down position and reverting to the Lead Circuit in the Up position. The “strangle” bass cut switch on the hexagonal Lead Circuit control plate is somewhat subtle, with its most pronounced effect when paired with the neck pickup. Each pickup measures at 6.65k ohms, and the solder joints are untouched, with full-size pots that date to 1980. Hardware includes gleaming chrome control plates (with matching silver rollers for the Rhythm Circuit), along with the stock bridge and vibrato tailpiece which has a very smooth, responsive feel. Plastics include a deep red wide bevel pickguard of a distinctly different make than early Fender Japan production.
The vibrant three-tone Sunburst gloss finish highlights the broad grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to a small spot of buckle rash just south of the belly carve, with some small nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile gloss is clean and smooth with only a few minor marks on the profile length.