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1975 Greco Electric Bass PB-420S Vintage P Bass Sunburst 100% Original, Japan Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1975 Greco PB-420 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this vintage P-Bass hails from the “lawsuit era” of Greco production, although it’s worth noting that no legal action was ever taken against Greco for their skill in recreating Fender's most iconic bass model.

Featuring an agathis body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, this P-Bass has a deeply resonant, midrange-forward character that translates well through the pickup, delivering the bold, growly thump that has become synonymous with the P-Bass platform. Weighing 8lbs 14oz, this PB-420 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck features a chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .880” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the stock slender fretwire which is in excellent condition with low yet well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-5. This bass plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. In line with traditional Fender ‘70s P-Bass spec, the scale length measures a full 34” and the nut is a slender 1 9/16” in width. The headstock features an “Electric Bass” block logo akin to a ‘70s Fender, and the stock tuners feature vintage-accurate full-size baseplates and clover buttons. The tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with just a touch of patina on the buttons. The back of the headstock retains a “Guitar Shop Tomiya Gakki” foil sticker, likely the vendor that sold this instrument new in ‘75. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with “Matsumoku” and a J75-prefix serial number, dating the instrument to October of ‘75.

The electronics work as intended, with the split coil pickup governed by Master Volume and Tone knobs. The chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, with a four-saddle bridge, knurled knobs and original “ashtray” pickup and bridge covers. The three-ply tortoise pickguard displays requisite scuffing along the picking path, and an original thumb rest is mounted on the bass side. Cosmetic wear on the vibrant three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is limited to a scant few minor dings and light scratches, particularly concentrated along the treble-side lower bout edge and on the back at both body horns. There is also a small singular finish chip on the body edge adjacent to the input jack. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean save a couple tiny, shallow marks in the higher registers.

A gigbag is included.