1973 Greco SA-500
Earlier generation of Greco 335
On sale is the very 1st generation of Greco 335, SA-500 series under the era of so-called Gneco. Without the serial number and label found on anywhere on the guitar, I had a fair bit of difficulty in dating the guitar until coming across the exact match on Greco's 1973 catalog. Interestingly, the same model evolves to an upgraded numbering of SA-700 in 1974 and onward. You may then ask where SA-550 fits in Greco's family tree? To distinguish each other, here are the main feature per guitars:
- SA-450 in 1972: sycamore body - evolved to SA-500 later
- SA-500 in 1973 (this guitar): maple body + split parallelogram inlay - evolved to SA-700 later
- SA-550 in 1974 onward: maple body block inlay
To describe the cosmetics, no major wear found anywhere on bindings, body or neck. Oxidation on the way, which is unavoidable, and I would give A mark if I didn't hear fret buzz on low E strings of 10th and 12th frets. Having a close side look indicates the frets are a little bit off the fingerboard, Having a close side look indicates the frets are a little bit off the fingerboard, but the buzz not heard once you plug the guitar to amplifier. To give you better judgment I am attaching a live record played with this guitar. Lastly, the original hardshell case ships along.