||1978 Greco SA-550|
An Expressionist - As Versatile As Possible
The legendary vintage Greco SA-550, best known for Gibson 330 replica, is one sale. With superb quality and maximized resonance coming from split center blocks, plus humble price, she plays crossover tonality from bright & clear sound to soft distortion.
As shown on the photos, this guitar features trapezoid tailpiece, a key distinguisher of 1st generation SA-550. It was made after Gibson and helped the sound wave from the strings transmit throughout the body with rich impression. But in 1978 Greco revamped the design and ended up deciding to replace the tailpiece with STP (Stop Tail Piece). This adds the rarity of this 1st generation indeed?
Also notable is he crown emblem which again disappeared in 1979 model onward, most probably to get around the copy threat 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 have to admit a few defects, firstly on binding cracks around the body rim, scratch on the rear body, and one of the tuner pegs replaced, thereby showing different colour. But playability is not compromised at all. I still play this beauty often on the stage here in Dubai jazz bars. 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, . Lastly, I deliver the guitar to you with a sturdy, barely-touched hardshell case.