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1977 Greco EX800 Explorer Vintage Electric Guitar, Destroyer 2549, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1977 Greco EX800 Explorer in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the more unique and rare "lawsuit era" instruments produced at the beginning of one of Japan's most storied periods of guitar production, the EX800 faithfully replicates Gibson's original Explorer design with superb build quality.

If your brain immediately goes to early Van Halen territory, we can hardly blame you, as this guitar features identical construction to the Ibanez Destroyer model 2549. The EX800 is the same instrument under a different name, with a more Gibson-esque headstock logo, made in the famed Fujigen factory alongside its Ibanez Destroyer cousin. Same factory, same guitar!

The EX800 is loaded with the original pair of Maxon-made U-2000 humbuckers (the Super 70 humbuckers in the Ibanez iteration are also Maxon-made). These pickups feature Alnico V magnets and are articulate and warm, with good top end growl, sustain, and punch, responding well to thick overdrive. Each pickup reads 7.8k ohms, firmly in the medium output PAF range, delivering an open, dynamic top end response. The solid ash body has prominent grain, highlighted by a transparent ambered Natural finish and paired with a three-piece maple neck and glued-in long tenon neck joint. The guitar has a particularly resonant and clear natural acoustic tone, with the midrange complexity and clear note attack inherent in ash. This Explorer weighs 8lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with moderate shoulder and a fast feel. The fretboard edges are faintly rolled, and the profile gains a hair more heft and roundness as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The rosewood slab fretboard has dot inlay and original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and plenty of meat, showing very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-9 and playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Greco-branded chrome tuners turn smoothly. The G77-prefix serial number on the headstock dates to July of 1977.

On the body, all of the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints, full-size pots, and Maxon-made U-2000 pickups which have six-digit stamps on the baseplates dating to 1977. Both pickups have been professionally rewound to original spec, and the original Gibson-style braided pickup leads ensure a low noise floor. The long neck tenon is visible in the neck pickup cavity. The hardware includes a Nashville-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar with nickel pickup covers, showing light uniform surface patina. Plastics include the original gold bonnet knobs. Cosmetic wear on the gloss finish includes a couple sizable finish chips on the two body points and some small nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original form-fit faux leather gigbag is included.