Up for sale, a 1981 Greco SA-900 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Produced at the pinnacle of Fujigen factory production in Japan, this SA-900 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 faithful reissue of a 1960 ES-335, the SA-900 boasts semi-hollowbody maple construction and distinctive rounded "Mickey Mouse" ear body horns, paired with a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound, dark rosewood fingerboard. The nickel-plated hardware matches vintage spec, with Greco Deluxe single line 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. An impressive guitar both acoustically and channeled through the humbuckers, this Greco weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve in-line with the 1960 model year for Gibson's ES-335, offering modest shoulder and an effortless feel, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and fret edge binding on the medium jumbo frets. These frets match vintage spec with their full factory height, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nyon nut measures 1 11/16" in width. 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 Greco Deluxe single line tuners are exceedingly accurate to vintage Kluson spec with sharp edged transparent keystone buttons.
All of the electronics work as intended, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup, capped with deeply ambered bonnet knobs. The hardware includes the ABR-1 style bridge and matching stoptail, and the nickel plating shows light surface patina.
The three-tone Sunburst finish is rich and glossy, framed by ambered binding and highlighting light bubble maple figuring across the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing across the guard, extending to the treble-side cutaway, a couple tiny finish chips on the lower bout binding edge, and just a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
This Greco SA-900 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.
A tweed-covered premium hardshell case is included.