Up for sale, a 1976 Greco EG700B vintage electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This Greco is 100% original save for a quartet of gold speed knobs, and comes complete with the original hardshell case. 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 with a two-piece carved maple top and mahogany body.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar retains 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. And while Greco was never subject to any legal action for their faithful Les Paul iterations, Gibson did contract them to make their Orville line of officially Gibson-sanctioned instruments sold exclusively within Japan. This Greco EG700 weighs 11lbs 2oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with notable roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut featuring original medium jumbo fretwire with fret-edge binding. The frets have the same width and flatter crowns as Gibson’s production in the ‘70s, showing grooves beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with lighter wear extending to fret 9. The guitar plays well in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features the Greco logo inlaid in pearloid along with a set of chrome Rotomatic-style tuning machines that hold pitch well.
On the body, the electronics function accordingly, with a three-way pickup selector and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire, with five digit Maxon stamps on the baseplates, dating to 1976. 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 chrome plating is bright and clean, with light patina on the Nashville-style bridge and stopbar, and plastics comprise clean white pickup rings, pickguard and switch surround, along with a modern set of gold speed knobs.
The Ebony gloss finish is framed by ambered binding, and this model is also notable for having LP-style dimensions, yet with a belly carve on the back for a more ergonomic playing experience. Cosmetic wear includes two finish chips on the treble-side edge of the top, and a couple additional chips on the back body edge. There is also some light scuffing on the lower bout on the back, largely on the control cavity cover, and a few additional dings and minor finish scratches on the body as a whole.
The original premium black tolex hardshell case with form fit blue plush interior is included. The original latches are functional, and the leather handle is intact.