Up for sale, a 1978 Greco Custom EG600C vintage electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the Fujigen factory just prior to Greco's Super Real line of instruments, the guitar does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of classic Les Paul design with features reminiscent of the '70s Norlin era of Gibson production. The guitar features a "sandwich" mahogany body, maple top, and three-piece maple neck.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar retains its original Maxon-made U-1000 humbucker pair. Made in the PAF mold and measuring in the upper-7k ohms range, these pickups are dynamic, articulate, and very well-balanced. Weighing 8lbs 15oz, the guitar has healthy sustain, while the maple neck adds to the top end snap and note attack. From a clear and growly bridge pickup to a warm, rich neck humbucker with sweet, bell-like top end, this Greco easily covers the tonal ground of an LP Custom. It's also worth noting that while this guitar doesn't strictly fall under the "lawsuit" umbrella (there was never any legal action taken against Greco), the legacy of these Japanese instruments is forever attached to the term, given the adherence to the vintage specs and cosmetic touches of their USA-made counterparts. 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 and low action.
The maple neck has a slender C profile shape with a fast, effortless feel and modest shoulder, measuring .815” at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and the original medium jumbo frets. There is uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings until the octave with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has multi-ply binding, the classic "open book" shape, and split diamond abalone-style inlay. The gold Greco-branded tuners turn very smoothly and sport metal tulip buttons with uniform surface patina on the gold plating.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size Japanese pots. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire, with six digit Maxon stamps on the baseplates, dating to '78 and matching the serial number. Hardware includes the Nashville-style bridge and corresponding stopbar, and a quartet of witch hat knobs, the original pickguard, and pickup rings and switch surround round out the original plastics. The binding has a nice, aged cream appearance, framing the bold Cherry Sunburst gloss finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to scuffing in the pick path across the guard, and light finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.