Up for sale, a 1980 Greco Super Sounds EG500C LP Custom in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this Greco model EG500C does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of the classic LP Custom design with a carved three-piece maple top, solid (non-sandwich) mahogany body and three-piece mahogany neck.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Maxon UD pickups. Wax potted for optimal feedback rejection, these pickups are wound near 8k ohms with great harmonic complexity, a snappy top end, ample bass, and well-balanced midrange. It's also worth noting that while this guitar doesn't strictly fall under the "lawsuit" umbrella (there was never any legal action taken against Greco), the legacy of these Japanese instruments is forever attached to the term, given the adherence to the vintage specs and cosmetic touches of their USA-made counterparts. The guitar weighs 10lbs 4oz with plenty of natural cut and rich sustain. Here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've had this Greco professionally setup with 11-48 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a rounded modestly chunky C shaped profile with nicely rounded shoulders, akin to a '59 shape and well shy of "baseball bat" proportions, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid block inlay and vintage-spec fret edge binding on the original fretwire. These frets are very similar to what Gibson used in the '70s, with identical width and a bit more height and crown. The frets are remarkably clean with their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, playing cleanly in every register with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width, carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock has all of the hallmarks of a Custom, with split diamond inlay, classic "open book" shape, multi-ply binding, inlaid Greco logo, and a set of original gold waffle back tuning machines.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with full-size Japanese pots that date to 1980, the same high-quality braided leads seen on any Gibson, and a shielded control cavity. Both Maxon-made humbuckers have bold six-digit stamps on the baseplates which also date to '80. Hardware includes the ABR-1-style bridge and stoptail, which show uniform surface patina, and all of the original black plastic parts are intact, including the pickup rings, quartet of witch hat knobs, and pickguard. The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is 100% original, framed by multi-ply binding and highlighting the grain of the carved maple top. There are some dings and scuffs central to the back, with some minor marks on the back lower bout edge and body parameter as well. The mahogany neck retains its gloss finish showing a few dings central to the carve, primarily behind frets 2-4, which are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
A gigbag is included.