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1979 Greco EG800PB Vintage Triple Pickup Custom Black Beauty w/ Dimarzio, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1979 Greco EG800PB Super Sound Custom triple pickup electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order with a gloss Ebony finish. 100% original save for a vintage Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge position, this expertly crafted Japanese guitar clearly takes its cues from its Gibson cousin (no relation) and is an upscale iteration of the Custom platform.

Produced at the Fujigen factory just prior to Grecos heralded Super Real branding, this EG800PB features a "sandwich" mahogany body, carved maple top, and a pair of Maxon-made U-2000 humbuckers in the middle and neck positions, paired with an upgraded Dimarzio Super Distortion at the bridge. All three settings on the three-way pickup toggle are extremely distinct, and while the Dimarzio bridge pickup is bold and ripping with a bump in the midrange for extra presence, the middle position is out of phase between the bridge and middle pickups (as per vintage spec). This middle position sound delivers an over exaggerated snappy squawk with thinned-out almost piezo-like cut and less overall volume than the bridge and neck humbuckers on their own. The neck pickup is sweet, round and authoritative, very clear with ideal push, aided by the hearty 10lb 15oz weight of the instrument which ensures a rich natural punch and healthy sustain. An elegant and easy-playing LP, this Greco has been professionally setup with slinky action, solid intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C profile carve with slight shoulders at the nut and a bit more roundness and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fingerboard is a dark cut of this particular tonewood, featuring pearl block inlay and fret edge binding on the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height with good meat, matching Gibson’s fretwire width from the ‘70s with just a hair more crown, showing light wear beneath the plain strings 1-7 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut is a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal sustain and note clarity, measuring 1 11/16" wide. The headstock has multi-ply binding, the classic "open book" shape, and split diamond pearl inlay. The gold Rotomatic-style tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well, and the A79-prefix serial number places production at January of 1979.

All of the electronics function as intended, with original date stamps on the baseplates of the Maxon-made humbuckers from 1978, matching the dates on the quartet of stock full-size pots. The gold plating on the Nashville-style bridge and stopbar shows some surface patina, and plastics include the original gold speed knobs as well as the original trio of pickup rings and matching guard. The Ebony gloss finish shows very restrained wear on top, with just a few light finish scratches and minor dings. There is one small spot of faint buckle rash on the bass-side lower bout on the back and some additional scuffs and marks consistent with light, careful use. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

A vintage form-fit Japanese faux leather brown gigbag is included.