Up for sale, a 1978 Greco Mercury Bass model PB450 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made in Japan and a great example of Greco production at the venerable Fujigen factory, this PB450 faithfully captures the look and feel of an early '70s Fender Precision Bass. This Mercury Bass features an agathis body and one-piece maple neck, delivering a balanced natural acoustic tone with great treble articulation. The PU-109 pickup has a traditional split coil design, with smooth growl accentuated by a set of 45-100 roundwound strings, and broad thump with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. The bass weighs 8lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The maple fretboard retains the stock practically perfect medium jumbo fretwire, The frets are practically perfect, with well-rounded crowns, only showing a faint hint of wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-2. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clover buttons and full-size baseplates, faithfully matching Fender's '70s-era tuners. The four-bolt neck plate has an I-prefix serial, dating the bass to September of 1978.
The simple electronics work as intended, with Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the split coil pickup. Hardware includes the nickel-plated bridge and dome top knurled knobs which show some light flaking of the chrome plating. The dark red three-ply tortoise pickguard rounds out the plastics.
The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish matches Fender's burst gradient in the '70s, and cosmetic wear including an area of buckle rash on the back, a handful of dings on the body perimeter and back, and a few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.
A padded gigbag is included.