Up for sale, a 1981 Greco EG-500 "Black Beauty" Super Power Custom electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted at Japan's famed Fujigen factory during Greco's very brief “Super Real" era of production in the early '80s, this lawsuit LP truly delivers the goods, with incredible attention to vintage Gibson spec. And while no legal action was taken against Greco for these guitars, Gibson did commission the same factory to make their "Orville" line of instruments which were exclusively sold within Japan.
Clearly a direct response to the '68 Les Paul Custom, this model features a deep carve on the maple top, solid mahogany body, PAF-style pickups with braided leads, full-size pots, witch hat knobs, and a hand carved bone nut. It's an extremely lively and powerful sounding instrument, and the craftsmanship is evident in the great playability and classic range of Les Paul tones. This guitar also features some of the very last humbuckers made by Maxon (model PU-0) before Greco brought pickup production in-house. The bridge pickup has a complex and detailed sound, with a touch of growl, sweet, balanced mids, and focused bass response. The neck position humbucker delivers more girth and fullness while still being clear and present, and it's an ideal sound for saturated lead lines. This Greco weighs 9lbs 1oz with a solid, non-weight relieved body. We've had this guitar professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The neck has a medium depth profile with minimal shoulder, bordering on a very soft V shape and filling out with more roundness and depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features block inlay and the original medium jumbo fretwire, complete with fret edge binding. These frets are very similar to what Gibson used in the late '60s, with identical width and a bit more height and crown. The frets have good meat, with faint wear exclusively beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays effortlessly up the neck with a responsive and ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the hand-carved bone nut is original, measuring 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the guitar features a volute, multi-ply binding, Greco-branded gold tulip button tuners, and clean pearl inlays that mimic Gibson's split diamond look. The serial number and model sticker are present on the back of the headstock too.
All of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size pots as well as the same high quality braided pickup leads seen on any Gibson. The humbuckers measure in the upper 7k ohms range. The gold hardware shows light uniform patina, and the underside of the bridge has similar text to its Gibson patent # ABR-1 equivalent, showing the great care and detail with which Greco endeavored to match every aspect of their USA-built counterparts. The original gloss Ebony finish shows its fair share of scratches and scuffs, with the majority of wear relegated to the back and lower bout. The neck profile is exceptionally clean, with just a couple minuscule marks that are not distracting to the palm.
The original faux leather gigbag is included.