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1978 Greco EG600C Custom Vintage Guitar, Near Mint w/ Maxon U-1000 & Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG600C Custom in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 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 6oz, 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 an easy-playing, medium C-shaped profile carve with ample shoulder, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay, with cream fret-edge binding on the flawless stock 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 sports the iconic “open book” shape, framed by multi-ply binding with split diamond pearloid inlay. The original 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 G78-prefix serial dates this guitar to July, 1978.

On the body, all the original electronics work as intended, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup as well as a three-way pickup selector switch. The wiring harness features untouched solder joints and full-size pots with matching date codes from 1978. 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 is incredibly clean, including the Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and pickup covers. Plastics include the multi-ply pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs, all of which are in remarkably good shape.

The Cherry Sunburst gloss finish is also practically pristine, framed by ambered multi-ply binding with just a few faint scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.