Up for sale, a 1976 Greco Flying V in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An extremely rare non-catalog iteration of Greco's FV-prefix model, this FV takes the platform of the FV-600 and upgrades it with a factory-installed Maestro Vibrola-inspired short frame tailpiece and Maxon U-3000 humbuckers. One of the more unique "lawsuit era" instruments to come out of one of Japan's most storied eras of guitar production, this FV faithfully replicates the specs of Gibson's late '60s Flying V. With a solid mahogany body, three-piece mahogany neck, and glued-in neck joint, the guitar is particularly resonant and clear, with the inherent warmth and and touch of midrange growl that comes with this tonewood.
Made in the famed Fujigen factory (also the factory which produced many of the official Gibson/Yamano Orville-branded guitars), this Flying V features two Maxon U-3000 humbuckers with Alnico 8 magnets. Among the most sought after pickups ever produced by Nisshin Onpa (Maxon) for Greco, the U-3000s meter in the high 7k ohms range with a PAF-inspired sound that delivers great harmonic complexity and dynamic range, with snappy top end, ample bass, and perfectly balanced midrange. Whether you want a touch of bridge pickup growl and attitude or the warmth and fullness of the neck position, this Greco FV model has you covered. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, comfortable action, and solid intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve at the nut with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The unbound dark rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have ample meat and crown, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. Once again adhering to traditional specifications for a Flying V, this guitar has a 1 11/16" wide carved bone nut, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original chrome-plated Greco tuning machines with metal tulip buttons turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the stock electronics function as intended, with U-3000 embossed baseplates on the Maxon-made humbuckers and six-digit ink stamps which date to '76. The harness features untouched solder and full-size pots, with individual Volume knobs for each humbucker and a Master Tone control. The original hardware includes the extremely rare Greco iteration of the short frame Maestro Vibrola. This vibrato has a smooth response and reliable performance consistent with the original Gibson design, offering significantly better tuning stability than many modern versions of this vibrato. Subtle trills and deeper dives can be actuated with ease thanks to the taut spring, and it's one of the most responsive and easy to use vibratos ever devised for the electric guitar. The vibrato is paired with the original Nashville-style bridge, and the chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, exhibiting light pitting on the bass-side edges of the pickup covers and bridge.
The Cherry gloss finish is rich and dark, and the guitar is very well-kept, showing a few dings and small finish chips on the body edges, with a small spot of light buckle rash central to the back and a few additional ancillary scuffs and marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile gloss is extremely smooth and clean.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included.