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1979 Greco EG800 Vintage Triple Pickup Custom Cherry Sunburst 100% Original, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1979 Greco EG800PR triple pickup LP Custom electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This expertly crafted Japanese guitar clearly takes its cues from its Gibson cousin (no relation), and the EG800PR is an upscale iteration of the Custom platform with a genuine ebony fingerboard, carved three-piece maple cap, and gold hardware.

Produced at the Fujigen factory just prior to Greco's Super Real line of instruments, this EG800 has a distinctive look designed to capitalize on Ace Frehley's now iconic triple pickup Cherry Sunburst Custom. The guitar features a "sandwich" mahogany body, carved maple top, and the original trio of Maxon-made U-2000 humbuckers which deliver a great spin on the classic PAF tone. The humbuckers are meaty and powerful, with a bridge pickup that delivers a growly, cutting sound that’s plenty clear. In the central position on the three-way toggle the Bridge and Middle pickups are engaged out of phase for a sparkling, spanky sound, while the neck pickup has a bold, muscular quality. The guitar weighs 10lbs 2oz with a rich natural punch and healthy sustain. An elegant and easy to play LP, this Greco has been professionally setup with low action, solid intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.

The three-piece maple neck has a medium C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and a hair more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The bound ebony fingerboard features pearl block inlay and fret edge binding on the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height with good meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings frets 1-5, playing cleanly in every register. The original nut is a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal sustain and clarity measuring 1 11/16" wide. The headstock has multi-ply binding, the classic "open book" shape, and split diamond pearl inlay. The gold tuners turn very smoothly and sport metal tulip buttons.

All of the electronics function as intended, with original date stamps on the baseplates of the Maxon-made humbucker trio. The middle pickup ring also sits lower on the top, conveniently out of the pick path. The gold plating on the Nashville-style bridge and stopbar shows some surface patina, and plastics include the clean quartet of gold speed knobs, one of which shows some minor chipping of the plastic which doesn't affect functionality. The Cherry Sunburst gloss finish is warm and rich, with cosmetic wear limited to some minor nicks and scuffs on the back and bass-side lower bout, while the neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.

A vintage Japanese faux leather gigbag is included.