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1981 Greco Super Power Custom EG500C Vintage Guitar Tri-Burst w/ Maxon UD Pickups, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1981 Greco EG500C Super Power Custom in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 a vintage LP Custom.

When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and tonewoods include a carved two-piece maple cap, non-sandwich mahogany body, mahogany neck, and bound rosewood fingerboard. At 10lbs 11oz, this LP Custom dishes out plenty of punch and sustain, qualities channelled faithfully via the pair of Maxon UD humbuckers. 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. This EG500C has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The neck has a chunky '50s-style C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft in the higher registers, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and .999” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlays and fret-edge binding on the flawless stock medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock is framed in multi-ply binding and features Greco text and tulip inlay, with a “Super Power Custom” truss rod cover. The back of the headstock retains the factory foil EG500 sticker and the K81-prefix serial, which dates to November, 1981. The Greco Guitar-branded tuning machines with metal tulip buttons turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics work as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots which date to August, 1980. The codes stamped on the Maxon-made humbucker baseplates date to '81. The gold hardware is notably clean, including the ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar. The original quartet of witch hat knobs round out the plastics.

The Sunburst gloss finish has a unique and vibrant burst gradient, most accurately described as a "Tri-Burst" under Gibson's current nomenclature. Cosmetic wear gloss finish is limited to one small chip and a cluster of pinhead-sized dings on the top central to the lower bout, with just a handful of faint finish scratches and microscopic nicks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.

A padded gigbag is included.