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1978 Greco GO-1200 Speed Way Vintage Neck Through Electric Guitar w/ Case, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1978 Greco Speed Way GO-1200 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Made concurrently with the Ibanez Musician guitars at Japan's famed Fujigen factory, this Greco is an impressive and expertly crafted instrument. With seven-ply neck through maple/walnut body construction and Walnut-finished ash body wings, the Speed Way offers a rich and complex tone representative of the various tonewoods. The guitar delivers the attack and note articulation of maple, with the midrange heft of ash and the note detail of the slab ebony fingerboard, translating well through the original PU-3D soapbar humbuckers. The bridge anchors to a metal block recessed in the body, and coupled with the neck through construction, the guitar has unparalleled resonance and sustain. And with active three-band EQ, a series/parallel mini toggle for the neck pickup, and a phase mini toggle for the bridge pickup, the tonal range of this Greco is truly vast. Weighing 10lbs 3oz, this GO-1200 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-48 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The seven-ply maple/walnut neck has a fairly slender C shape at the nut, with a bit more roundness up the board while still being effortless and fast-feeling in every register. The profile has faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .935” at the 12th. The thick slab 24 fret ebony fretboard ensures an immediacy and glassy snap to the tone, featuring pearloid bowtie fret markers and the original medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only faint wear beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays well up the 24 3/4“ scale, and the brass nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has an ash veneer with original Greco logo and brass Speed Way truss rod cover, as well as the original Greco Rotomatic-style MH900G gold tuning machines.

Electronically, everything works as it should, with the pickups wired to a three-way pickup selector Master Volume and Tone knobs and optional active EQ circuitry, which can be defeated via one of the three two-way mini toggles. The smaller EQ knobs are all center detent, and the ability to preset an active EQ setting and then quickly switch to the passive circuitry is a great tonal trick to have up one's sleeve. The pickups both read just over 8k ohms. The bridge anchors into a solid metal block inset in the body, and the gold plating on the bridge and tailpiece shows uniform surface patina. The bridge also has room for adjustment on both inserts, ensuring that the neck angle is viable for decades to come. All of the original knobs are intact, including the rubbery grips on the larger two controls.

Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few light scuffs across the pick path and a few additional tiny marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth gloss finish that feels great on the palm. Overall, this guitar has been very well cared for, and is a great example of the innovation and high level of craftsmanship offered by Greco/Ibanez in their golden age.

The original black tolex hardshell case with blue plush interior is included and equally as clean as the guitar.