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1974 Greco Electric Bass PB-420N Vintage P Bass Natural 100% Original, Japan Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1974 Greco PB-420N in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this vintage P-Bass is a unique beast, with a notably slender and easy to navigate 1 9/16" nut width which provides a feel akin to your favorite Jazz Bass. There's plenty to love about this bass, which colloquially falls under the "lawsuit" umbrella, although no action was ever taken against Greco for their exacting iterations of USA products. Featuring an agathis body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, this bass has a resonant natural midrange that translates well through the pickup, offering the bold traditional thump one expects from the P Bass platform. Weighing 10lbs 1oz, this PB-420N has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a meaty U-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The scale length is a full 34“, and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width, making for an effortless playing experience. The headstock features an Electric Bass logo in block letters akin to a '70s Fender, and the stock tuners feature vintage-correct full-size baseplates, turning smoothly and holding pitch well with uniform patina on the plating. The neck plate is embossed "Matsumoku - Made in Japan."

The simple electronics work as intended, with Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the split coil pickup, capped with bright chrome knurled knobs. The four-saddle bridge rounds out the hardware, and the Natural finish is accented by a deep red tortoise pickguard which shows some expected pick scuffing. Cosmetic wear includes scattered dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, with some chipping of the clear coat on the lower bout body edge and one mark of note into the agathis on the treble-side body horn. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.