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1974 Greco Spacey Sounds TE-500 Thinline T-Style Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, Japan Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1974 Greco TE-500 Thinline in perfect working order, 100% original save for a pair of knobs. An early Greco model produced by the Matsumoku factory and rarely seen outside Japan, this TE-500 features a semi-hollow ash body and a maple neck

Acoustically this Greco has a balanced response with plenty of midrange detail and natural projection. The pair of Greco-embossed Maxon-made Wide Range humbuckers are dynamic and versatile with a sweet, sonorous tone, metering at a robust 13k ohms. The bridge pickup is clear and percussive with plenty of sparkling chime, while the neck is warmer and rounder, with enough clarity and cut to stay articulate when pushing an amp; making this guitar equally comfortable with gentle melodies as with big, growling chords. This Thinline weighs 9lbs, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Substantial U, generous shoulders, measuring .895” 1st fret, .990” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple slab
-Frets: Medium, light wear beneath the plain strings 1-12, progressively lighter approaching the octave
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 5/8”
-Tuners: Gotoh “Star”

Body Specs:

-Pickups: Maxon-made Pat. Pending Wide Range humbuckers, 1974 ink stamps on baseplates
-Harness: Original full-size pots date to '73
-Hardware: Chrome-plated six-saddle bridge, Greco-embossed pickup covers
-Plastics: Three-ply white pearloid pickguard, white top hat switch tip

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Natural finish includes a number of dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole. There is some finish chipping along the lower bout perimeter, faint buckle rash central to the back, and one rectangular sticker "tan line," also on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with several shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.