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1978 Greco EG-800 Vintage Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Japan w/ Upgraded Pickups


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG-800 Standard vintage electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Replicating late '70s Les Paul specifications, the guitar features a solid carved maple cap, "sandwich" mahogany body construction, and a three-piece maple neck, finished in a rich gloss Tobacco Sunburst. A textbook example of the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail synonymous with Fujigen factory production, the reputation of these guitars has persisted for decades, often surpassing the quality control and final product of many Gibsons of the era.

A higher tiered and fairly early example, this EG-800 does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of a good Les Paul, with an upgraded powerful pair of humbuckers that measure in the 12k ohms range. Offering a lively, punchy, and distinct tone in every position on the three-way toggle, this Greco has singing sustain and a smooth, clear natural tone, weighing a robust 10lbs 5oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Greco is strung with 10-46 strings and plays well with low action and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece maple neck features a slender C-shaped profile with modest shoulder, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts fret edge binding and sharp-edged pearloid trapezoid inlays. The original vintage-style fretwire is intact, matching the width of vintage Gibson wire with a bit more crown. The frets retain their full factory height with just a hint of wear under B the string on the crowns of frets 2-5, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The neck is straight, the truss rod is optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays well in every register. The original bone measures 1 11/16" in width, another factor in the guitar's clear tonal response and great sustain, while the scale length is the traditional 24 3/4”. On the headstock, the original Greco-made Grover Rotomatic-style tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly with uniform patina on the nickel plating. The Standard truss rod cover is present, while the stamped serial number and foil model sticker are intact on the back of the headstock.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with original full-size pots and an upgraded pair of powerful humbuckers wired to the traditional LP array of individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and a three-way pickup selector. There is patina on the chrome hardware, and the plastic parts have a nice, aged cream appearance that accents the binding and Tobacco Sunburst finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to finish chips along the rear edge of the body, and light marks and scuffs mostly relegated to the back. The neck profile has a pristine smooth gloss finish.

A vintage Greco-branded gigbag is included.