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1978 Greco EG700 Vintage Guitar w/ Ebony Fretboard & Maxon U-2000 Humbuckers, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco model EG700 in perfect working order, augmented with a mirrored silver pickguard, akin to the guitar famously used by Thin Lizzy’s John Sykes throughout the ‘70s. Crafted in an era where Greco was refining their model specs and dialing in very faithful iterations of Gibson's most popular models, this EG700 is an upscale Fujigen-made instrument uncommon outside Japan.

Featuring a carved two-piece veneer maple top, mahogany body and three-piece maple neck capped with an ebony fretboard, the acoustic profile of this EG700 is clear and balanced, with a glassy treble cut. The original pair of Maxon U-2000 humbuckers are bright and aggressive, similar to a PAF-style humbucker but slightly overwound for a touch more sparkle and bite. They take gain notably well, for fat, creamy breakup too. This guitar weighs 9lbs 7oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The genuine ebony fretboard, uncommon for Greco's LP-style models, has a 12” radius with stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, only showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the “open book”-style headstock features Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the “EG700” silver foil model sticker.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size Japanese pots and green chicklet tone caps. The Maxon U-2000 humbuckers retain their ink stamps on the baseplates, dating to 1978. The hardware includes a Nashville-style bridge and corresponding stopbar, both of which have bright chrome plating. The black bonnet knobs are modern replacements, and the added mirrored silver pickguard rounds out the plastics.

The gloss Black finish is framed by top binding which has been painted black. Cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings on the lower bout, largely concentrated along the perimeter and on the back, and a small area of wear central to the waist on the back that falls just shy of full-on “buckle rash”. The tan line of a now-removed KISS sticker can be seen at the bass-side waist on the top under blacklight. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.

A faux leather gigbag is included.