Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG800 Standard in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Built at the Fujigen factory and replicating late ‘70s Les Paul specifications to an exacting degree, this Greco is an expertly crafted Japanese guitar. And while this Greco falls squarely under the umbrella of the famed "lawsuit" guitars in a general sense, no action was ever taken against Greco for these very faithful iterations.
Tonewoods include a “sandwich” mahogany body and carved maple cap, paired with a three-piece maple neck capped by a rosewood fretboard. At 9lbs 15oz, this EG800 dishes out plenty of natural sustain and punch, qualities that translate well via the original Maxon-made PU-0 humbuckers with double cream bobbins. The bridge pickup has a complex and detailed sound, with a touch of growl, balanced mids, and focused bass response. The neck position humbucker delivers more girth and fullness while still being clear and present, and it's an ideal sound for saturated lead lines. 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 medium C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay and fret-edge binding on the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape with plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only a hint of wear on frets 1-2. 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 and “Standard” bell-shaped truss rod cover. The Rotomatic-style nickel plated tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. On the back of the headstock, the H78-prefix serial number dates to September, 1978, and the original EG800 silver model sticker is present too.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the humbuckers have PU-0-embossed baseplates and ink stamps from '78. The control cavity is shielded, and the solder joints are untouched. Hardware includes the nickel-plated Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar. Plastics comprise the one-ply pickguard, which displays some scuffing along the pick path, and the original quartet of gold bonnet knobs. The gloss Ebony finish exhibits some dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.
The original rectangular black tolex hardshell case with gold interior is included.