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1978 Greco EX800 Explorer Vintage Electric Guitar 100% Original, Destroyer 2549, Japan Fujigen

$5,499.99

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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EX800 Explorer in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. One of the more unique and rare "lawsuit era" instruments produced at the beginning of one of Japan's most storied periods of guitar production, the EX800 faithfully replicates Gibson's original Explorer design with superb build quality.

This guitar features identical construction to the Ibanez Destroyer, and this EX800 is the same instrument under a different name, with a more Gibson-esque headstock logo. Made in the famed Fujigen factory alongside its Ibanez Destroyer cousin, the EX800 is loaded with a pair of original Maxon-made U-2000 humbuckers. These pickups feature Alnico V magnets and are articulate and warm, with good top end growl, sustain, and punch, responding well to thick overdrive. Each pickup reads 7.7k ohms, firmly in the medium output PAF range, delivering an open, dynamic top end response. The solid ash body has prominent grain with a touch of unique flame figuring on the bass side, highlighted by a transparent ambered Natural finish and paired with a three-piece maple neck and glued-in long tenon neck joint. The guitar has a particularly resonant and clear natural acoustic tone, with the midrange complexity and clear note attack inherent in ash. This Explorer weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has some flame figuring on the central third and boasts a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The rosewood slab fretboard has dot inlay and original medium jumbo frets which are practically perfect with plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2 and playing easily up the 24 3/4" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The hand-carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Greco-branded chrome tuners turn smoothly. The F78-prefix serial number on the headstock dates to June of 1978.

On the body, all of the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints, full-size pots, and Maxon-made U-2000 pickups which have six-digit stamps on the baseplates dating to 1978. Gibson-style braided pickup leads ensure a low noise floor, and the long neck tenon is visible in the neck pickup cavity. The hardware includes a Nashville-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar with chrome pickup covers, and the plating is notably clean throughout, save light patina on the bridge. Plastics include the original gold bonnet knobs. Cosmetic wear on the gloss finish is limited to scattered small nicks on the body as a whole with more concentrated wear on the bass-side lower bout point which exhibits some finish chips through the gloss. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A form-fit padded gigbag is included.