Up for sale, a 1975 Greco EG650S LP Standard electric guitar, honestly played and 100% original. Distinct from many other lawsuit era Greco LPs, the EG650S features a belly contour on the back, for a more ergonomic shape than a typical LP-style instrument.
Produced at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this Greco features the tonewood pairing of a maple top on a sandwich mahogany body, retaining its original pair of Maxon-made U-1000 humbuckers. These pickups have a range of bold, articulate humbucker tones, ideally wound to capture some top end harmonic complexity and deliver open, shimmering cut in the bridge position and thicker, punchy sounds at the neck. The guitar weighs 9lbs 15oz, 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 slender C profile carve with moderate shoulder and a very fast, fluid feel, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a particularly tight-grained and dark cut of wood, boasting fret edge binding and original slender fretwire. The frets show moderate uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-7, with wear extending beneath the plain strings and growing gradually fainter until fret 14. The guitar plays well in every register, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features an inlaid Greco logo with the "looped" R seen prior to 1976, along with chrome Greco-branded tuning machines with metal tulip buttons.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the pair of Maxon-made pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire and read well in line with PAFs in terms of output. The Maxon date stamps on the pickup baseplates both translate to 1975. The hardware includes the original chrome stopbar and Nashville-style bridge which have bright chrome plating and some surface pitting, and other accents include cream pickup rings and a quartet of original gold reflector cap knobs.
The Cherry Sunburst gloss finish on top is framed by cream binding, exhibiting various small dings across the top, particularly clustered behind the bridge. There are finish chips and nicks along the back lower bout body edge, with prominent buckle rash across the back and various additional marks consistent with decades of honest use. The smooth gloss is retained along the entire profile length, with some shallow marks central to the carve behind frets 5-7 and sparingly little additional wear.