Up for sale, a 1981 Greco Super Power Custom EG500C in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for a couple modern potentiometers. Produced at the pinnacle of vintage Greco craftsmanship under the Super Real umbrella, the Super Power Custom EG500C was made at the famed 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 (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 near 8k ohms with great harmonic complexity, a snappy top end, ample bass, and well-balanced midrange. The guitar weighs 8lbs 12oz with 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 '50s-style C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register and proper "baseball bat" heft, measuring .890” deep at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius and features pearloid block inlays and fret-edge binding on the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in exceptional condition, retaining their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. 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 all registers with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The multi-ply bound headstock features split diamond inlay (a short-lived and more Gibson-centric feature on this model), with a “Super Power Custom”-embossed truss rod cover. The Greco Guitar-branded tuning machines with metal tulip buttons turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The F81-prefix inked serial dates to May of 1981.
All of the electronics work as they should, with Maxon-made humbuckers wired a harness with two original pots (dating to August of 1980) and two brand-new USA-made CTS 500K pots. The inked stamps on the humbucker baseplates both date to '81, and these are some of the last Maxon-made Greco pickups before production was brought in-house at Fujigen. The pickups are governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and individual Volume and Tone controls. Hardware includes the original Nashville-style bridge and corresponding stoptail, both of which show uniform patina across their gold plating. Plastics comprise the original quartet of witch hat knobs, four-ply pickguard, switch surround, and pickup rings. The neck pickup ring has a split on one side but is entirely stable.
The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and the top is notably clean save for a few faint finish scratches and pinhead-sized marks. The back and body perimeter have a greater concentration of dings and scuffs from general use, while the neck profile is clean and smooth on its length.