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1980 Greco Super Real EGF1200 Vintage Burst Trans Amber Lacquer Finish w/ Dry Z PAFs & Brazilian Board, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 Greco Super Real EGF1200 vintage LP Standard Burst in excellent condition and in perfect working order, outfitted with original PAF-style "Dry-Z" pickups, and complete with a hardshell case. Heralding from the most collectable (and brief) era of Greco production and the pinnacle of Fujigen design, the Super Real EGF1200 was only offered from 1980-81 and was one of the two highest tiered catalog models in the Super Real line with a sticker price of 120,000 yen. This instrument does an exquisite job of capturing the finer points of a '58-59 Burst, with a hearty '50s neck profile carve capped with a genuine Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The two-piece solid Canadian maple cap boasts a Trans Amber nitro lacquer gloss finish, highlighting curly ripples of flame extending evenly to the edges of the carve.

When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Maxon-made "Dry-Z" humbuckers. This particular PAF replica pickup is the highest grade humbucker offered on any Greco, highly sought after in broader Les Paul circles for their detail and dimension, reflecting Greco's dedication to faithfully reverse engineer Gibson's late '50s humbucker tonal properties. The sound is harmonic-rich and dynamic, with plenty of definition and power from the bridge pickup, and more warmth and fullness in the neck position. 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. Nice and lightweight for an LP at 9lbs 5oz, we've had this Greco Super Real EGF1200 professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, strung with fresh 10-46 strings, and dialed in for spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a round '50s C profile carve, shy of “baseball bat” heft yet with good substance in the shoulders and a gentle increase in overall chunk as you travel up the fretboard, filling the palm and playing effortlessly. The profile measures .875" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The fretboard  is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of genuine Brazilian rosewood, one of the most coveted tonewoods on any Burst replica, framed by lightly ambered fret edge binding and inlaid with genuine sharp-edged pearl trapezoids. The original slender '50s-style fretwire shows light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly almost exclusively beneath the G and B strings to just beyond the octave, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock features a pearl inlaid "Greco" logo, Super Real gold script text, and inked serial number, with a set of era-correct presumably Gotoh-made tuning machines with Kluson-style double ring keystone buttons that have great color and ideal transparency.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints, original Japanese pots and premium tone caps. The Dry Z pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire and output characteristics quite faithful to a PAF, with Z stamps and six digit Maxon codes on the baseplates. All of the plastic parts are intact including the lightly dished bonnet knobs and correctly-shaped amber switch tip, and wear on the plastic is limited to a small split on the neck pickup mounting ring which still functions as it should. The nickel hardware shows a light, uniform dusting of surface patina across the pickup covers, ABR-1, and stopbar.

The warm Trans Amber nitro lacquer high gloss finish on the deep dish two-piece maple cap highlights the three-dimensional ripples of curly flame which extend evenly across the top, with great action when you turn it in the light and the tightest, most prominent figuring across the lower bout. The top is extremely clean save for a bit of requisite pick scuffing across the guard, and wear on the body is limited to a few scattered dings and light finish scratches on the back, with one spot of finish swirling at the bass-side waist. The neck profile is nigh flawless save for one small nick on the bass-side shoulder at the 6th fret.

A brown form-fit hardshell case is included.