Up for sale, a 1977 Greco MR800 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Produced at the Fujigen factory, this uncommon Greco was the signature model of Mott the Hoople/Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs, and was also seen onstage in the hands of Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley of KISS.
Featuring the classic tonewood complement of a mahogany body, maple top, maple neck, and ebony fingerboard, this set neck Greco has plenty of natural sustain and midrange warmth, plus the glassy cut of ebony, qualities faithfully captured by the Maxon U-2000 pickups. One of the more sought after vintage Japanese PAF-style iterations, the U-2000 pickups deliver a tone that is detailed and rich, with plenty of definition and power from the bridge pickup, metering at 8.00k ohms, and more warmth and fullness in the neck position, which meters at 7.85k ohms. This MR800R weighs 8lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders and a fast feel, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The 24-fret ebony fingerboard has a 12” radius, with fret-edge binding on the practically perfect medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures a hair wider than 1 11/16” in width (1.73"). On the headstock, the Greco-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean chrome plating and metal keystone buttons, and the C77-prefix serial on the back of the headstock dates production to March, 1977.
All of the electronics function as intended; the Maxon pickups are wired to the stock harness with braided leads and full-size Japanese pots, and the control configuration includes independent pairs of Volume and Tone controls plus a three-way pickup selector switch. The pickup baseplates retain their inked stamps, dating to ‘77. The chrome-plated 3-point “combination” (Tune-o-matic style) wraparound bridge has plenty of shine, and plastics comprise the quartet of gold speed knobs.
The Cherry (catalog: Red) Sunburst finish is vibrant and well-saturated, framed on top by ambered binding, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings and scratches on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, with one small finish chip on top in the red of the Sunburst. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a scant few shallow marks that don't distract the palm while fretting.
A vintage black tolex hardshell case is included.