||1975-76 Greco SA-550|
An Expressionist - As Versatile As Possible
This is the 1st generation of Greco SA-550, best known for Gibson 330 replica with superb quality but honest price. Split center blocks (one near neck pickup and another near tailpiece) result in maximizing resonance. She plays crossover sounds, from bright & clear tone to soft distortion.
The key features of the 1st generation are the trapezoid tailpiece, looking very close to Gibson, which helped the sound wave from the strings transmit throughout the body with rich impression. Revamping the design, Greco in 1978 ended up deciding to replace the tailpiece with STP (Stop Tail Piece).
Also notable is he crown emblem which disappeared in 1979 model of the next generation, most probably to get around the lawsuit from Gibson. The beard top of the headstock on this first generation was another vivid sign of Gibson lawsuit.
Speaking of maintenance and the general condition, I still wonder how almost 40 year-old guitar can hardly leave any scratch or wear. It is most likely that the previous owner made an impulse-driven purchase at his youth during the peak era of Japan's economy bubble, and has never played since. Sound-wise, warm & clean at the neck pickup, overdrive feel at the bridge pickup, and the hybrid can be played with 3 way switch. Intonation / action are all good to go, but I have to admit moderate level of fret wear is found on low frets. Lastly, this beauty is delivered to you with a gig bag.