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1979 Greco EG500 Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst w/ Maxon U-1000, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1979 Greco EG500 Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Built at the Fujigen factory and faithfully replicating late ‘70s Les Paul specifications, this Greco is an expertly crafted Japanese guitar. And while this Greco falls squarely under the umbrella of the famed "lawsuit" guitars in a general sense, no action was ever taken against Greco for these instruments.

Tonewoods include a “sandwich” mahogany body and carved maple top, paired with a three-piece maple neck capped by a rosewood fretboard. At 8lbs 13oz, this EG500 dishes out plenty of natural sustain and authority, qualities that translate well via the original Maxon-made U-1000 humbuckers. Wound in the vein of a PAF and metering at 7.4k ohms, these humbuckers deliver ample harmonic content and have a smooth, detailed sound. There's plenty of treble bite and growl on tap, with tight low end and a slight midrange scoop for optimal clarity when driven hard.  This Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlays and fret edge binding on the flawless stock medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports an inlaid Geco logo and “Standard”-embossed bell-shaped truss rod cover. The Greco Deluxe double-ring Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the C79-prefix serial number on the back of the headstock dates to March, 1979.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints, original full-size Japanese pots and green chicklet capacitors. The pickups feature braided leads, just like their Gibson equivalents, and the baseplates have stamps that date to '79. The LP-style control array includes a three-way pickup selector toggle and dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The plating on the hardware is bright and clean, including the nickel ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding chrome stopbar. Plastics comprise a replacement set of gold speed knobs and the original one-ply pickguard, which displays some requisite scuffing along the pick path.

The Cherry Sunburst gloss finish is bold and vibrant, highlighting subtle birdseye figuring on the maple top. The top presents very well with just a scant few microscopic dings and faint scratches, and cosmetic wear is largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. There is an area of light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, and some minor dings and finish scuffs on the back and body perimeter. The upper bout strap button has been relocated, and there is a screw in the original location. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.