Up for sale, a 1978 Greco GO-1400 Speed Way in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A first year example for both the GO-1400 and the entire Speed Way instrument line, the GO-1400 was the top of the line model, only offered as a stoptail in 1978 before the vibrato-equipped version was introduced for the '79 catalog.
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, Walnut-finished ash body wings, and a slab ebony fingerboard, the Speed Way offers a rich and complex sonic palette representative of the various tonewoods. The guitar delivers the attack and articulation of maple, with the midrange heft of ash and note detail of the slab ebony fingerboard, qualities which translate 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 2oz, this GO-1400 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.
The seven-ply maple/walnut neck has a medium 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 .845" deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The thick slab 24 fret ebony fretboard ensures an immediacy and glassy snap to the tone, featuring circle fret markers and the original medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The frets show only light uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-3, with wear extending a bit further up the board exclusively beneath the B string. The guitar plays cleanly up the straight neck with 12” fretboard radius and an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width, comprising both a thin sliver of brass and a thicker piece of bone to ensure ideal note attack, string-to-string clarity, and sustain. The headstock has an ash veneer with inlaid Greco logo and lyre graphic, topped off with the brass Speed Way truss rod cover. The original Greco Rotomatic-style MH900G gold tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well, with an F78-prefix serial number that dates to June of 1978, and the original GO-1400 metal badge.
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 under 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.
This guitar has been exceedingly well-kept for over 40 years, and cosmetic wear on the gloss "Dark Stain" finish is limited to light marks and scuffs mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The neck profile has a pristine smooth gloss finish that feels great on the palm.
A padded gigbag is included.