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1981 Greco Super Power Custom EG500C Vintage Guitar Cherry Sunburst w/ Maxon Pickups & Case, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1981 Greco Super Power Custom EG500C in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced during the pinnacle of vintage Greco craftsmanship under the Super Real umbrella, this Super Power Custom EG500C was made at the venerable Fujigen factory in Japan and does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of classic Les Paul Custom design with a carved three-piece maple top and solid (non-sandwich) mahogany body.

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 to ~7.6k ohms with a well-balanced, harmonically complex midrange, sparkling top end, and a round bass register. The guitar weighs 9lbs 10oz, delivering plenty of natural cut and rich sustain, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .985” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius and features pearloid block inlays and fret-edge binding on the original practically pristine medium jumbo fretwire which retains its factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. In line with traditional Gibson spec, the scale length is 24 3/4” and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. This guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The multi-ply bound headstock features split diamond inlay and a “Super Power Custom”-embossed truss rod cover. The Greco Guitar-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch with clean gold plating on their tulip buttons. The back of the headstock retains the foil model sticker, and the L81-prefix serial number dates to December, 1981.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the Maxon-made humbuckers are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints and full-size pots dating to August, 1981. The inked stamps on the humbucker baseplates also date to ‘81, marking them as some of the last Maxon-made Greco pickups made before production was brought in-house at Fujigen. Hardware includes the ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stoptail, the latter of which has notably clean gold plating. Plastics comprise the original quartet of witch hat knobs and four-ply pickguard.

The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is framed by multi-ply cream binding, and this guitar is exceedingly well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to just a scant few faint scratches and microscopic dings on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.

The original rectangular black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is equally as clean as the guitar, with functional latches and the original handle.