Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG600 triple pickup LP Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This expertly crafted Japanese guitar clearly takes its cues from its Gibson cousin (no relation), and while this Greco falls squarely under the umbrella of the famed "lawsuit" guitars in a general sense, no action was ever taken against Greco for these very faithful iterations.
Produced at the Fujigen factory prior to Greco's Super Real line of instruments, this EG600 has a distinctive look designed to capitalize on Ace Frehley's now iconic triple pickup Cherry Sunburst Les Paul Custom. The guitar features a "sandwich" mahogany body, laminate maple top, and the original trio of Maxon-made U-1000 humbuckers which deliver a great spin on the PAF tonal profile, metering in the upper 7k ohms range. These pickups boast ample harmonic content, great punch, and an overall full and rich tonal character, with plenty of bite and chime in the top end too. This Greco weighs 8lbs 4oz, benefitting from a professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark and tight-grained cut, with pearloid block inlay and the stock medium jumbo frets that have been recently leveled and crowned, exhibiting no wear. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports a split-diamond inlay and “Custom”-embossed truss rod cover, and the Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. There is a small cosmetic chip central to the inlay, and the back of the headstock retains the foil model sticker.
All of the electronics function as intended; the trio of pickups are wired to a modern harness with GuitarFamily pots, and the pickups have Maxon date stamps on their baseplates which date to ‘78. Plastics comprise the quartet of gold speed knobs and one-ply cream pickguard, and hardware includes the Nashville-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding chrome-plated stopbar.
The vibrant gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is framed by multi-ply cream binding, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the lower bout and on the back, with an area of buckle rash central to the waist and a couple non-structural marks of light impact adjacent to the knobs. The neck profile retains its smooth matching gloss, highlighting subtle flame figuring on the bass-side third.
A padded softshell case is included.