Up for sale, a 1978 Greco model EG500 Standard in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this lawsuit era LP delivers the good, faithful to vintage Gibson design parameters in many respects. While no legal action was taken against Greco, Gibson did later commission the same factory to build their “Orville” line of Japan-exclusive instruments.
This EG500 features a chambered sandwich mahogany body paired with an arched sycamore top, and the natural acoustic tone is smooth and clear. The stock pair of Maxon U-1000 humbuckers are wound in the vein of a PAF, metering at 7.4k ohms and delivering ample harmonic content with a rich ronal character. The humbuckers offer plenty of treble bite and growl, with tight low end and a slight midrange scoop for optimal clarity when driven hard. This Greco weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius with pearloid trapezoid inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock features an inlaid Greco logo, and the chrome-plated metal button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. On the back of the headstock, the inked D78-prefix serial dates to April, 1978.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Maxon U-1000 pickups wired to the original full-size Japanese pots with untouched solder joints. Controls include a standard LP control array with a three-way pickup selector toggle and dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each humbucker. The Tune-o-matic bridge and corresponding stopbar both have notably clean chrome plating, and plastics comprise the original quartet of pristine gold reflector knobs and cream pickup rings.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Tobacco Sunburst finish is limited to a few small chips and dings along the lower bout body edge, some finish checking at the neck heel, and a handful of tiny marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.
A padded gigbag is included.