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1978 Greco EG500 Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco LP Standard model EG500B in perfect working order, 100% original save for the knobs. Crafted at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this lawsuit era LP truly delivers the goods, faithful to vintage Gibson design parameters in many respects. And while no legal action was taken against Greco, Gibson did commission the same factory to make their "Orville" line of instruments which were exclusively sold within Japan.

When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar features a solid sandwich mahogany body, veneer sycamore top, hand-carved bone nut, and full-size pots wired to the original Maxon-made U-1000 humbuckers with braided pickup leads. These pickups deliver a great spin on the classic PAF tone, boasting ample harmonic content, great punch, and an overall full and rich tonal character with plenty of bite and chime in the top end. Weighing 9lbs 7oz, the guitar has an airy cut and sweet sustain, while the maple neck adds to the treble snap and note attack. Here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've had this Greco professionally setup, strung with fresh 10-46 strings, and dialed in for spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius and features pearloid trapezoid inlay, fret-edge binding, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat, displaying moderate wear on frets 1-4, with wear growing progressively lighter beneath the plain strings until fret 10. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. Adhering to Gibson spec, the scale length is 24 3/4” and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock features the Greco logo inlaid in pearloid and original chrome Greco-branded tuning machines with metal tulip buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. On the back of the headstock, the original foil model sticker is present, and the E78-prefix serial number dates to May of 1978.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size Japanese pots and standard LP control layout. The stock Maxon pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire with matching six-digit stamps that date to 1978 on the baseplates. Hardware includes a ABR-1-style bridge and matching stopbar with clean chrome plating, and plastics comprise cream pickup covers, a one-ply pickguard and a replacement quartet of gold bonnet knobs.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Ebony finish including a few moderately-sized finish chips on the on the bass-side of the top and also on the back lower bout body edge, all with targeted touch-up. There are also a handful of minor scuffs and dings on the instrument as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile has a smattering of shallow dings behind frets 5-8, none of which have any impact on playability or feel.

A brown faux leather padded gigbag is included.