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1976 Greco EG900 Standard Vintage Carved Top Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1976 Greco EG900 in perfect working order. A "lawsuit era" LP Standard produced at Japan's Fujigen factory, this EG900 preceded the "Super Real" series of instruments and was one of their more upscale offerings. While no legal action was taken against Greco specifically for their instruments, it's worth noting that Gibson would later use the same Fujigen factory to produce their Orville line of guitars, marketed exclusively to the domestic Japanese audience.

Taking a page from Gibson's late 1970s playbook, tonewoods include a two-piece carved maple top over a sandwich mahogany body, and a three-piece maple neck capped with a dark rosewood fingerboard. At 8lbs 15oz, this Greco is quite lightweight for an LP-style instrument, while also dishing out plenty of natural sustain and sonic authority, qualities that translate faithfully through the humbuckers. While not original to the instrument, these lightly potted pickups meter at 7.4k ohms with a PAF-style tonal profile. Warm and harmonically complex, these pickups have a warm, spongey low end, sweet, detailed highs, and a balanced midrange character, ideal for lively cleans or thick, ripping drive with good feedback rejection. This Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, with fret-edge binding on the medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have been leveled and crowned and show no wear, playing cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original hand-carved bone nut is intact, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports an “open book” shape and “Standard”-embossed truss rod cover, and the J76-prefix serial number dates production to October, 1976. The original genuine USA-made Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics function as intended, with braided pickup leads and the original wiring harness. Hardware includes the Nashville-style bridge and corresponding stopbar tailpiece with bright chrome plating and light surface pitting. Plastics comprise the cream pickup rings and switch surround, one-ply pickguard, and quartet of gold bonnet knobs, one of which has been replaced.

The Cherry Sunburst gloss finish exhibits some honest playwear, largely concentrated on the back and along the body perimeter, including an area of buckle rash and a number of nicks and finish scratches. By comparison, the top presents very cleanly, with just a few small dings on the lower bout. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and fast-feeling in the palm, with just a few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A Ritter-brand padded gigbag is included.