Up for sale, a 1981 Greco EG-500C "Black Beauty" Super Power Custom electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, with an upgraded DiMarzio Super 2 humbucker in the bridge position. 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 solid maple top with deep dish carve, solid mahogany body, 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. The original Maxon-made PU-0 humbucker in the neck position delivers a full, yet clear tone, ideal for saturated lead lines. The upgraded USA-made DiMarzio Super 2 humbucker at the bridge is cutting and thick, also engineered for high gain and providing plenty of chunk and power. Built on the classic Super Distortion platform, the Super 2 has a brighter top end and more taut bass to balance out darker, overtone-heavy information in the fretboard's higher registers. This Greco weighs 9lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out with more roundness and heft 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 light 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 straight 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 inlay that mimics Gibson's split diamond look. The serial number is present on the back of the headstock too with a K81-prefix serial which translates to November of 1981.
All of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size pots that date to July of 1981 and the same high quality braided pickup leads seen on any Gibson. 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, mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge, along with some pick wear across the strum path. The neck profile is exceptionally clean, with just a couple shallow marks that are not distracting to the palm.