This a 1979 Greco SV-800 "Super View" semi-hollowbody electric guitar in excellent original condition and in perfect working order. The SV series features a slightly smaller body than a regular 335, although it's not quite as small as a 339. The body is made from stunning white sycamore, which has a more complex grain structure than maple and really does look quite pretty.
Created in the celebrated Fujigen factory, this Japanese made gem delivers tones both punchy and airy, with the excellent original Maxon PU-2 PAF style pickups intact. They deliver the throaty tones you need for lead work, along with the subtle textures required to paint the backing track. All with a nice top end snap and the feedback rejection of the centre block design.
The three-piece maple neck has a fairly slender C shape with limited taper as you travel up the bound rosewood fretboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th - feels super comfortable to play.
Just like a Gibson, the guitar features a 24 3/4" scale, and the binding on the dark rosewood fretboard extends over the fret ends. The medium jumbo fretwire retains its full factory height, showing moderate wear only on the plain strings on the lower frets, but nothing that affects playability.
The nut measures 1 11/16" and is constructed with two thin strips of bone and brass, providing the best tonal qualities of both materials to produce excellent sustain and articulation. The headstock features gold "waffle back" tuners that closely mimic the classic tuners from the '50s.
- White Sycamore arched top, back and sides
- 3-piece maple neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- 22 frets
- Bone/Brass nut
- 12" fingerboard radius
- 2x Maxon PU-2 Humbucking pickups - 8.23k ohms (neck), 8.17k ohms (bridge)
- 2x Master Volume Control
- 2x Master Tone Control
- 3-way pickup selector
- Tune-o-matic bridge
- Stopbar tailpiece
- Waffle style deluxe tuners
- Finish: brown sunburst
- Black 4-ply guard
- Aged cream double binding
Weight is 7.9 lbs
The electronics all function as intended, with individual volume and tone knobs for each pickup as well as a three-way pickup selector switch. The gold hardware shows surface patina through the plating, fairly uniform on all hardware but particularly notable on the bridge base.
The gloss sunburst finish shows some minor dings, dents and scuff s commensurate with a 40 year old instrument, and there's some minor chips & scratches on the end of the headstock. But we think this just adds to the “almost vintage” vibe of this 70s guitar. The overall finish has aged nicely, and the flash inlays, aged binding and hardware have all mellowed to match.
This is a very well made guitar, featuring the top quality materials and workmanship associated with this golden era of Japanese manufacturing. It plays beautifully and the tone is rich, warm, full, responsive and delicate - equally at home playing jazz, blues, rock - just about anything.
Comes with a Yamaha hard case in good condition.