Up for sale, a 1981 Greco SA-700 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced at the pinnacle of Fujigen factory production in Japan, this SA-700 is an expertly crafted instrument and a perfect example of Japanese "lawsuit" instruments meeting and in some cases exceeding the quality of their USA-made counterparts.
A fascinating amalgam of 1950s and 1970s Gibson features, the Greco SA-700 has a '50s ES body shape with maple semi-hollowbody construction and distinctive rounded "Mickey Mouse" ear body horns, paired with a three-piece maple neck. The all-nickel hardware has a vintage appeal, with '50s-esque Kluson-style "waffle back" tuners, as well as a faithful ABR-1 bridge design. The pickups are some of the very last Maxon-made "The Groove" PAF-style humbuckers offered in Greco instruments (before pickup production was brought in-house at Fujigen), and they're extremely articulate, sweet-sounding, and harmonically complex pickups. And in a nod to '70s era Gibson, the guitar features a two-way coil tap switch on the treble side body horn. An impressive guitar both acoustically and via the original pickups, this Greco weighs 9lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder and an easy-playing feel, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret, filling out to .930" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid small block inlay and original frets which retain their full factory height and show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. Medium jumbo in size, these frets feature fret-edge binding and have the same width as vintage Gibson wire, with a hair more height and meat. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the scale length is 24 3/4". On the headstock, the guitar boasts the distinctive "open book" shape, with the Greco logo inlaid in pearloid and inlay central to the headstock face. The waffle back tuners are quite uncommon on any Greco (or Gibson for that matter), and these ultra-hip tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as intended, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup, capped with flawless witch hat knobs. The three-way pickup selector switch works as they conventionally do, and the two-way coil tap switch on the treble side body cutaway offers thinned out single coil jangle not often available on an ES instrument. The hardware includes the ABR-1 style bridge with correct "Made in Japan" text on the underside and matching stoptail, and the nickel plating shows light, uniform surface patina.
The three-tone Sunburst finish is rich and glossy, with one finish chip on the headstock edge and a similarly small nick on the lower bout edge. There's a bit of requisite pick scuffing across the guard, a few tiny nicks and light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and just a few additional pinhead sized marks on top. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss with no palm wear and just a couple isolated nicks on the profile length.
This Greco SA-700 is a particularly rare model from the most celebrated era of Fujigen factory production, crafted in the spirit of Gibson's best ES models, and exceeding the quality of many of its USA-made counterparts.
The original black tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.