Up for sale, a 1980 Greco Super Real model SE800 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The father of the Fender Japan JV Strats, the "Super Real" models were at the very top of Greco's Strat range, made in Japan at the famed Fujigen factory just prior to Fujigen Gakki signing their deal with Fender. As such, this guitar is an amalgam of Pre-CBS Fender features, with a huge V neck profile, thick slab rosewood fretboard, and an ash body. The guitar features its original trio of black bobbin alnico magnet single coils, and via the three-way selector switch the guitar offers cutting bridge pickup sparkle, and neck pickup bell-like chime and sweetness. The guitar weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a positively massive V profile with depth and proportions that exceed any traditional Fender neck shape and even the most aggressive early Tele neck carves in terms of overall heft, measuring .990” deep at the 1st fret and 1.015” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut with lightly rolled fretboard edges, dot inlay, and original slender fretwire. The frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with wear growing even more faint until fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. This Greco adheres to traditional Fender spec with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and a full 1 11/16" nut width. On the headstock, the original Greco Deluxe Kluson-style double line tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly.
The electronics feature untouched solder, with black bobbin alnico magnet single coils, a three-way blade pickup selector, and full-size pots that date to 1980. All of the original plastics are intact including a one-ply white pickguard, which shows some scuffing on the treble side, and uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs. The original tremolo cavity cover even features Greco's "Backstage Pass" Super Real sticker. The vibrato actuates easily with six Greco-branded saddles that show uniform surface patina, and the jack cup shows similar light surface wear on the chrome plating. The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is vibrant and rich, and cosmetic wear is limited to a couple finish chips on the back lower bout body edge, and a few additional minor marks and finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth semi-gloss finish with just a couple small nicks on the profile length.