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1978 Greco EG500 Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony, Japan Fujigen w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco LP Standard model EG500 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. 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. Lightweight at 7lbs 13oz, 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 slender C profile carve with a fast, effortless feel, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has vintage-spec fret edge binding on the original medium jumbo frets which show virtually no wear, playing well in all registers with a straight neck and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original 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 B78-prefix serial number dates to February 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 Nashville-style bridge and matching stopbar with clean chrome plating, and plastics include cream pickup covers and pickguard with a quartet of gold speed knobs. Cosmetic wear is limited to minor marks and light finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge. The smooth gloss-finished neck profile is pristine.

A modern near mint black tolex hardshell case is included.