1979 Greco SA-550
An Expressionist - As Versatile As Possible
I used to have the same, but a 1977 model. Compared to this 1979 model, 1977 one had a trapezoid tailpiece, looking very close to Gibson, and it helped the sound from the body vibrate sharp, even up to the point where it sounded a little buzzy. Revamping the design, Greco in 1978 decided to replace the tailpiece with STP (Stop Tail Piece), also improved headstock tuner to ease stringing.
The crown emblem also has disappeared since 1979 model, most probably to get around the lawsuit from Gibson. The shape of the headstock no longer looks like beard. Lastly, GRECO brand logo has become all the capital letters. This looks to me as if Greco proudly graduated from Gibson's influence and stood on their own feet.
Speaking of maintenance and the general condition, this guitar is exceptionally well-managed. Minimum scratch & dents, and very little fret wear. 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. This sexy wine red Greco is delivered to you with a hard case.
The bottom one of the photos below is a photocopy of Greco 1979 catalog for your reference. You may also want to have a comparison to SA-550 1977 model in the Home page by clicking the menu above.