1978 Greco SA-900
Proud lineup of Project Series
This is my fifth Greco SA-900 and I have been wondering why I was so excited each time I owned this semi-hollow body. Is this because SA-900 was known to be one of the closest, or even better performing, as some argue, ES335 replica? From my research the 1978 and 1979 Greco catalogs (in Japanese) give some hints: SA-900, till SA-1200 made debut in 1980, has been Greco’s most proud, and obviously the most expensive semi-hollow in their SA series. In fact Greco put their flagship Les Paul, Telecaster, Brian May, Thunderbird (bass), Rickenbacker (bass) and SA-900 guitars in the separate category named Project Series. These guitars/basses were not in mass production, rather order-made, indicating they were handcrafted with much smaller volumes than their low end models. Faultless Case label affixed on the case was another evidence of the Project Series. When Greco delivered the guitar in that case, according to the catalog, they guaranteed lifetime maintenance to the original buyer. Alas, unfortunately I am not the candidate of lifetime service!
Quickly commenting the condition, this guitar has scratches, dings and dents. Photos speak themselves. But for you, a series fan of Japan hollow body, here is the recommendation - your Greco collection should definitely include SA-900 and SA-800 (the dial switch), and not to mention, ideally SA-1200 with Dry-Z pickups!!