Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG600GS Goldtop in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Clearly emulating a Norlin-era Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, this Fujigen-made “lawsuit” era Greco is exceptionally faithful to the original Gibson design, down to the tacked-in “goof strips” around the mini humbucker pickups.
Tonewoods include a mahogany body with extremely dynamic and varied grain, a maple top, a three-piece maple neck and bound rosewood fretboard. At 9lbs 1oz, this Greco is quite lightweight for an LP-style instrument, offering a broad, clear natural acoustic quality with both treble detail and foundational warmth. The stock mini humbuckers are extremely similar to the Gibson pickups of the era, down to the braided leads and way they mount into the body. Metering at 7.4k ohms, these pickups are bright and punchy, with great string-to-string balance. There's a lively growl and midrange sweetness at the bridge position and smooth throaty cut at the neck. This Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark, tight-grained cut of this particular tonewood with pearloid trapezoid inlay, refretted with medium jumbo fretwire that shows no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width, and the headstock has an “open book” shape, fitted with Kluson-style Greco Deluxe double line tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with braided leads, untouched solder joints, and full-size Japanese pots that date to '78. All of the stock hardware/plastics are present including the Nashville-style bridge, stopbar tailpiece, reflector cap knobs, raised one-ply pickguard, switch surround, and "goof strips" that frame the mini humbucker pickup routes (something done by Gibson to hide over-routing on early Les Paul Deluxes, but seen here on this Greco simply to match every aspect of a Gibson build).
The Goldtop finish is framed by cream binding; cosmetic wear on this instrument includes a number of minor nicks and dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout perimeter and the back, as well as some very light buckle worming on the back central to the waist. The three-piece maple neck retains its smooth gloss.
A padded gigbag is included.