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1978 Greco EG500C Custom Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst Japan Fujigen w/ Maxon Pickups


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG500C electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 for these guitars, Gibson did commission the same factory to make their "Orville" line of instruments which were exclusively sold within Japan.

Clearly a direct response to a '70s Les Paul Custom, this model is visually distinct among Greco's Custom iterations, outfitted from the factory with chrome-plated hardware and featuring  a rich, saturated Sunburst analogous to Gibson's Light Burgundy Burst. The guitar features a solid sandwich mahogany body, veneer sycamore top, hand-carved bone nut, and full-size pots wired to the original Maxon-made UD 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. The guitar weighs 8lbs 10oz, and this Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with slinky action, solid intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.

The three-piece maple neck has a medium C shaped profile carve with slight shoulders and a hair more depth as you travel up the dark bound rosewood fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is the only feature of the instrument that's a bit more akin to an LP Standard, although the pearloid block inlays and binding still reference a Custom. The fretboard is a notably dark and tight-grained cut of rosewood, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire has good meat, showing only very faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original nut is a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal sustain and clarity, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has multi-ply binding, the classic "open book" shape, split diamond pearl inlay (with a small chip through the pearloid on the upper right quadrant of the diamond), and a Custom truss rod cover. The chrome tulip button tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the harness features full-size pots and braided pickup leads. The pickup baseplates retain clean Maxon date stamps from 1978, and a quirk of this particular Greco's manufacture is that a sliver of the pickup routes is visible just beyond the rings on the treble side. The hardware includes the Nashville-style bridge and stoptail, which show uniform surface patina through the chrome, and the original plastics include the pickup rings and quartet of witch hat knobs.

The original vibrant gloss Light Burgundy Burst finish is framed by cream multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to light finish scuffing across the pick path and a few additional ancillary marks on top, with some scuffs and minor marks across the back. The neck retains its smooth gloss finish with just a few shallow nicks on the profile length.

A gigbag is included.