Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EC600C Custom 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 Custom design, with features reminiscent of the '70s Norlin era of Gibson production. The guitar has a "sandwich" mahogany body, carved maple top, and three-piece maple neck capped by a bound rosewood fretboard. While technically not a “lawsuit” guitar (Greco was never actually on the receiving end of any legal action from Gibson), 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.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel. 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. This Greco easily covers the tonal ground of an LP Custom with a clear, biting bridge pickup and a neck pickup with a sweet, bell-like top end. We've professionally setup this EG600C 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 well-rounded shoulders, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay, with cream fret-edge binding on the medium jumbo fretwire. The frets exhibit wear beneath all strings on the crowns of frets 1-5, growing fainter and extending beneath the plain strings until fret 7. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The headstock has an “open book” shape, framed by multi-ply binding with split diamond pearloid inlay. The Greco-branded tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with a light dusting of surface patina on their gold-plated housings and keystone buttons. On the back of the headstock, the I78-prefix serial dates production to September, 1978. The bass-side headstock wing has also had its seam cleanly reglued below the low E tuner post.
On the body, all the original electronics work as intended, and the solder joints are untouched, with a traditional LP control array. The full-size pots have matching date codes from 1978, and the Maxon-made humbuckers also have untouched solder on the covers and bold ink stamps on the baseplates, dating to '78. The gold-plated hardware has plenty of shine, including the Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and pickup covers. Plastics include the multi-ply pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs.
The Cherry Sunburst gloss finish highlights subtle flame figuring on the three-piece maple top, framed by multi-ply binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely limited to the lower bout on the back and body perimeter. The smooth matching gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
A Gator-brand gigbag is included.