Up for sale, a 1979 Greco GO-III 1500 Speed Way in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, polish cloth, and factory paperwork. Made concurrently with the Ibanez Musician guitars at Japan's famed Fujigen factory, this Greco is an exceedingly clean and expertly crafted instrument. At the top end of the Speed Way range, this Greco boasts premium features including gold hardware, an ebony fretboard with pearl ivy inlay, and a TS Vibrato.
Tonewoods include seven-ply neck through maple/walnut body construction, a carved two-piece figured burl maple top, and a two-piece maple back sandwiching a mahogany core. The neck is capped by a slab ebony fingerboard, and the GO-III 1500 offers a rich and complex natural acoustic tone representative of the various body woods. The pickups include a pair of PU-3D humbuckers and a centrally located PU-250 single coil, all wired to a six-way rotary pickup selector switch, with dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. There's a woody cut and clear, glassy sound in every pickup position. The rotary pickup selector covers a broad tonal spectrum from fatter neck pickup heft to single coil sparkle to bridge pickup authority. There’s also a nice spank and cut when the single coil is paired with either humbucker. Weighing 9lbs 8oz, this Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The seven-ply maple/walnut neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with a bit more overall heft and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret ebony fretboard has intricate pearl ivy inlay and medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6. The guitar plays well up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width, comprised of both a thin sliver of brass paired with a thicker piece of bone to ensure ideal note attack, string separation, and sustain. The headstock has a maple veneer with abalone Greco inlay as well as the original gold Ibanez Velve-Tune tuners with white pearloid buttons.
Electronically, everything works as it should, with the pickups wired to the six-way rotary selector which functions as follows (clockwise):
Plastics comprise the seven original Sure Grip knobs with grippy rubber surrounds, and hardware includes the TS Vibrato with bright gold plating and a centrally located vibrato arm. The vibrato has a very smooth response for broad gestures and dives, and the central arm ensures equal tension is applied across all strings. The natural satin finish is practically perfect save for a couple tiny nicks on top behind the bridge. The neck profile finish is flawless, buffed to a semi-gloss from contact with the palm.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included along with the Greco-branded polish cloth and factory leaflets for the vibrato and tuners.