Up for sale, a 1973 Greco EG550GS Goldtop Deluxe in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this classic Greco model emulates Gibson's Norlin-era Les Paul Deluxe construction, right down to the tacked-in "goof strips" around the mini humbuckers which have Greco-embossed pickup covers. The similarities don’t end there with the pickups, which provide an uncanny sonic signature akin to the Gibson mini humbuckers of the era. Bright, clear, punchy, and balanced, these pickups are a ton of fun and can capture everything from raw, harmonically-rich growl in the bridge position to more smooth, mellow tonalities at the neck. At only 8bs 11oz, this Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck features a round C-shaped “50s style” neck profile carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring .885” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood, featuring trapezoid inlay and the original slender frets which have their full factory height, showing light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 3-10. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. Further conforming to Gibson specs, the scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The open book headstock features a volute, Greco inlay, and stock set of chrome star tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the original electronics work as they should, with full-size pots and premium tone caps. The Maxon-made mini humbuckers feature original ink stamps on the baseplates which translate to 1973. All of the stock hardware is present with gleaming chrome plating including the Nashville-style bridge with nylon saddles and stopbar tailpiece, as well as the four-bolt neck plate, embossed with "Made in Japan" text. The plastic parts are near mint, including the original quartet of reflector cap knobs and "goof strips" that frame the mini humbucker pickup routes (something done by Gibson to hide over-routing on early Les Paul Deluxes, but seen here on this Greco simply to match every aspect of a Gibson build).
Cosmetically, the original Goldtop gloss finish has subtle metalflake and a lightly bronzed appearance consistent with the shading of Gibson's '70s Goldtops. There is a small spot of concentrated scuffing in the clear coat of the gloss at the bass-side waist on the back, and only a few additional faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case with aluminum trim and gold interior is included.