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1974 Greco EG550B Black Beauty Custom Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony w/ Embossed Covers, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1974 Greco EG550B Custom electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with original embossed "Greco" humbucker covers. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this Greco draws heavily from Gibson's 1971-72 Les Paul Custom, featuring gold hardware and retaining its original pair of Maxon-made humbuckers which have a range of bold, articulate PAF-style tones. These pickups are ideally wound to capture rich top end harmonic complexity with dynamic, shimmery cut in the bridge position and a fuller-sounding neck pickup. The guitar weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a '50s-style C shaped profile carve with quite a bit of shoulder and roundness, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features block inlay and stock slender fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light wear exclusively beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The bound open book headstock features abalone split diamond inlay, and the original gold Greco star tuners turn smoothly and work as they should.

On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with a three-way toggle selector and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The humbuckers have the correct Gibson-style braided wire, and read well in line with PAFs with outputs in the upper 7k ohms range. The humbucker baseplates feature date stamps from 1974 with Maxon foil stickers and Greco-embossed covers. The mahogany body is chambered, with a veneer top and bolt-on construction. The hardware includes the original gold stopbar and Nashville-style bridge, and other accents include black pickup rings and a quartet of original black witch hat knobs.

Cosmetic wear includes some pick scuffing across the strum path and signs of honest use mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge including some scattered finish scratches and nicks. The original gloss finish on the neck profile is quite clean and smooth overall, with just a few minor marks that are not distracting to the palm.