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1978 Greco EG700GG Standard Goldtop Vintage Electric Guitar w/ USA Seymour Duncan, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG700GG LP Goldtop vintage guitar in perfect working order, upgraded with modern Seymour Duncan SH-6 high-output humbuckers. An upper-tiered "lawsuit era" LP Standard produced by Greco at Japan's Fujigen factory, this EG700GG preceded the "Super Real" series 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. And while no legal action was taken against Greco specifically for their instruments, it's worth noting that Gibson would later use the same Fujigen factory to produce their Orville line of guitars exclusively for their Japanese customers.

Tonewoods include a multi-piece mahogany body, maple top, and three-piece maple neck capped with an ebony fingerboard, ensuring rich natural sustain and crisp trebles. This particular instrument has been fitted with a pair of Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion humbuckers, high-output pickups with “a massive ceramic magnet and hot coil winding” according to Seymour Duncan, delivering powerful, balanced tones with rich upper-midrange harmonic content. Weighing 9lbs 9oz, this Greco has been professionally set up here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck feels effortlessly playable with a slender C-shaped profile carve and moderate shoulder, measuring .800” at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The ebony fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlays and cream fret edge binding over the factory medium jumbo frets which show sparingly little wear, mimicking Gibson’s wide/flat fret dress of the era. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale length, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16”, and the headstock sports the “open book” shape, inlaid with a pearloid Greco logo. The original Greco Deluxe-branded double line double ring Kluson-style tuners are present; they turn smoothly and hold consistent pitch. The inked H78-prefix serial translates to August of 1978.

On the body, the controls work exactly as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each upgraded USA-made Seymour Duncan humbucker, as well as a three-way pickup selector switch. The wiring harness has its original quartet of full-size pots, with a pair of upgraded Sprague Orange Drop tone caps. The EG700GG features a Nashville-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stoptail, and the nickel plating shows uniform surface patina. Plastics include a modern quartet of amber bonnet knobs and the original uniformly aged pickup rings.

The Goldtop gloss finish shows some wear and oxidation primarily on the edges of the top. There are some finish chips on the back body edge, mostly relegated to the lower bout, with a spot of light buckle rash at the bass-side waist and some additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck is also quite clean, with the exception of a few tiny dings on the profile length.