Up for sale, a 1974 Greco EG550GS Goldtop Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original 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 with 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 10oz, 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 slender C shaped profile with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features trapezoid inlay and the original vintage-style frets. The fretwire is identical in size and crown to its Gibson counterpart, showing light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, extending beneath the plain strings to fret 13. The frets have plenty of height and meat, and 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, abalone 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 1974. All of the stock hardware is present including the Nashville-style bridge and tailpiece, as well as the four-bolt neck plate, embossed with "Made in Japan" text. Plastic parts include 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 a subtle metalflake and lightly bronzed appearance consistent with the shading of Gibson's '70s Goldtops. There are some scattered marks on the body consistent with light, honest use over the decades, with some light finish chips and minor nicks, mostly relegated to the lower bout body edge. The neck profile sports a remarkably clean original gloss finish.
The original black tolex hardshell case with aluminum trim and gold interior is included.