Up for sale, a 1975 Greco EG700B in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in an era where Greco was refining their model specs and dialing in very faithful iterations of Gibson's most popular models, this EG700B is an upscale Fujigen-made instrument rarely seen outside Japan.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Maxon-made U-2000 humbuckers. One of the more sought after vintage Japanese PAF iterations, the U-2000 pickups deliver a tone that is detailed and rich, with plenty of definition and power from the bridge pickup, and more warmth and fullness in the neck position. Two mini-toggle have also been added to the circuit, offering extra tonal flexibility. One of the switches controls the phase of the bridge pickup, while the other introduces an additional tone cap, affecting both pickups and adding a very subtle bump to the overall presence of the signal.
Lightweight for an LP-style instrument at 9lbs 2oz, the EG700B is notable for having a solid, carved two-piece maple top and solid mahogany body, delivering the punch and articulate singing tone you expect from a Les Paul. It's also worth noting that while this guitar doesn't strictly fall under the "lawsuit" umbrella (there was never any legal action taken against Greco), the legacy of these Japanese instruments is forever attached to the term, given the adherence to the vintage specs and cosmetic touches of their USA-made counterparts. Here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've had this Greco professionally setup with 10-46 strings and dialed in for spot-on intonation and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with rounded shoulders and a fast, effortless feel, measuring .800” at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this particular tonewood with sharp-edged trapezoid inlays and stock medium jumbo fretwire with fret edge binding. The frets have plenty of meat, with uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, extending beneath the plain strings until the octave. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock features the Greco logo inlaid in pearl, and the original chrome Greco-branded tuners work as they should.
On the body, the electronics function accordingly, with a three-way pickup selector, individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, and the added mini toggles for bridge pickup phase and an additional tone cap. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire, with original five digit Maxon stamps on the baseplates, dating to 1975. Visible in the neck pickup cavity, the neck joint is the short tenon doweled variety, and the pickup cavities reveal the solid (not veneer) maple cap.
The original plastic parts are all accounted for with cream pickup rings and pickguard and a quartet of reflector cap knobs. The chrome-plated hardware includes a Nashville-style bridge and corresponding stopbar which show light surface patina. The guitar features Gibson-style aluminum strap buttons, and a previous strap button mounting hole is present with a screw in its place on the bass side upper bout. Cosmetic wear on the Ebony gloss finish includes marks and finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. In contrast, the neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.