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Greco SA 700

Post by ultra » Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:42 am

I recently purchased this SA700 and I am confused about its age.
Is it '79 or '89 or '90 or '96 ?
Can anyone give me an idea as to the vintage of this really great guitar?

The oval disc inside the "f" hole says "Super Real Project" and its serial number is 9 60XX.

Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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Post by 20 century boy » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:56 am

it's a 79.
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Post by ultra » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:05 am

It has a one piece mahogany neck, no volute, inked number and 14 deg head stock angle with a crown inlay. The "O" in Greco is open and it has the open book headstock shape.

20 Century Boy, it was described by the seller as an '89. I was hoping that it might be a '79. What makes you certain that it is a '79?

Thank you very much for your input.

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Post by JohnA » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:45 am

I would be quite certain it's an '89. The Super-Real's were originally made in 1980 and 81 and then Greco re-issued the Super Real series in 1988 and 1989 for a few High End Semi-Acoustic models only.

Info from Japanguitars.co.uk, Mark knows his Greco's

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Post by 20 century boy » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:59 am

What makes you certain that it is a '79?
Certain, I'm not, but I think so. I think if it was from 1989, it would be a "clear sound project" ( not 100% sure about that but all the Greco acco and semi- acco I had from that time were "clear sound project" ). Also, the fret edge binding on the neck on a 700 model, probably not enough high end to get that on a 89 SA-700.

Isn't the yellow logo from the early 80? After I thought it was white?
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Post by villager » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:48 am

very strange..

open O suggests mint collection post 1982, but superreal label...

also open O started in 82, but the ser suggests 79 or 89, but in 89 i never seen a superreal label, and in 79 never seen an open O..

sorry I am stumped here...

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Post by 20 century boy » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:37 pm

are you sure it's an open O? I couldn't see on the pic above ( well, I can't say I'v got eagle eyes...:lol: ) .
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Post by ultra » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:30 pm

20 century boy wrote:
What makes you certain that it is a '79?
Certain, I'm not, but I think so. I think if it was from 1989, it would be a "clear sound project" ( not 100% sure about that but all the Greco acco and semi- acco I had from that time were "clear sound project" ). Also, the fret edge binding on the neck on a 700 model, probably not enough high end to get that on a 89 SA-700.

Isn't the yellow logo from the early 80? After I thought it was white?
The frets are right over the binding.... no nibs. The oval label is discolored but it appears whitish.
There is definitely and open "O".

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Post by JohnA » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:22 pm

villager wrote:very strange..

open O suggests mint collection post 1982, but superreal label...

also open O started in 82, but the ser suggests 79 or 89, but in 89 i never seen a superreal label, and in 79 never seen an open O..

sorry I am stumped here...
Mark, taken from your site:

Greco re-issued the Super Real series in 1988 and 1989 for a few High End Semi-Acoustic models only.

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Post by villager » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:56 am

yes but they were jazz guitars always like a 175 type, and always a 1000 or above model...

never seen a 335 from that era with a super real label..was always clearsound project or late mint collection label

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Post by 20 century boy » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:45 am

ultra wrote: There is definitely and open "O"
So definitely not a 79. Strange bird.
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Post by ultra » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:48 am

Stand by for some more pics

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Post by ultra » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:50 am

I hope these will help clarify the SA700 build date.

Thanks again for your replies. It really is a great guitar.

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Post by villager » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:59 am

oh well another mystery, heh i bet they just found a load of old superreal labels in 1989 and used them up...

if I had to make a guess i would say 1989..

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Post by ultra » Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:07 am

Thanks all. It really doesn't matter what year it is because I love it and will never sell it. It hangs in with my Gibson 335s and 345 and gives them a good run for their money.... in fact, it is my preferred ES at the moment.

I can heartily recommend this model to anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced 335

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