Up for sale, a 1978 Greco FV-900 Flying V in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 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 FV-900 faithfully replicates Gibson's original Flying V design with superb build quality.
This guitar features identical construction to the Ibanez Rocket Roll Sr, and this FV900 is the same instrument under a different name, with a more Grover-esque tuner complement and Gibson-influenced headstock logo. Made in the famed Fujigen factory alongside its Ibanez Rocket Roll cousin, the FV-900 is loaded with a pair of vintage Maxon-made humbuckers (non-original to the guitar, but era-correct and from the same manufacturer as the stock pickups).
The Maxon pickups include a Jazz Rock in the bridge position, and a Magnaflux at the neck. The Jazz Rock is a PAF-style humbucker, metering at 7.8k ohms, with a rich, dynamic quality, detailed trebles, and a clear midrange. The Magnaflux humbucker is complex and clear, with focused low end and plenty of warmth and breadth. These pickups were seen in tandem in select Greco and Ibanez instruments of the era, and they take gain notably well. This FV-900 weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. On the rosewood fretboard, the medium jumbo fretwire benefits from a level and crown, only exhibiting a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Greco-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the A78-prefix serial on the back of the peghead dates this instrument to January, 1978.
All the electronics function as intended, with independent Volume knobs, a Master Tone control, and a three-way pickup selector switch. The upgraded pickups are wired to the stock harness, and the pickups retain the inked stamps on their baseplates (dating to 1973 and 1974). Hardware includes the original brass tailpiece and Nashville-style bridge, and plastics comprise the original trio of gold speed knobs and a brand new four-ply pickguard furnished by Pickguardian.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss "Yellow Natural" finish includes a handful of minor nicks on the body as a whole, most prominent at the body points and on the back. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
The original hardshell case is included.