Up for sale, a 1981 Greco EG1000 “Black Beauty” in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a brown Lifton-style hardshell case and fitted with a Bigsby B7 vibrato. Heralding from the most collectable (and brief) era of Greco production and the pinnacle of Fujigen design, the Super Real EG1000 was only offered from 1980-81 and does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of a Black Beauty, with a particularly hearty '50s neck profile carve, genuine ebony fingerboard, Maxon-made Dry Z humbuckers, and a gloss lacquer finish. The EG1000 was also one of the highest grade Greco LP models produced in 1981, with an original sticker price of 100,000 yen.
A direct response to the 1968 Les Paul Custom, this model features a carved maple cap, mahogany body, and a mahogany neck with a long neck tenon joint. At 10lbs 10oz, this Greco has plenty of natural sustain and punch, providing an ideal sonic platform for the Dry Z PAF-style humbuckers. The Dry Z pickups are the highest grade humbucker offered on any Greco, highly sought after in broader Les Paul circles for their detail and dimension, reflecting Greco's dedication to faithfully reverse engineer Gibson's late '50s humbucker tonal properties. The sound is harmonic-rich and dynamic, with plenty of definition and power from the bridge pickup, and more warmth and fullness in the neck position. This Super Real Greco benefits from a professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a '50s-style "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders in every register, measuring .890” deep at the 1st fret and 1.045” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features pearloid block inlay, with fret-edge binding on the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape, benefitting from a level and crown in the instrument's lifetime, only exhibiting a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 5-7. This Greco plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The headstock has all the hallmarks of a Custom, with a multi-ply bound “open book” shape and split diamond inlay. The original "Super Real Custom" bell-shaped truss rod cover is intact, and the stock set of gold-plated Kluson-style "waffle back" tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The E81-prefix serial number dates production to May of 1981.
All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints, braided pickup leads and full-size pots that date to December '80. Both Maxon-made Dry Z pickups retain their Z stamps and additional date stamps on the baseplates from '81. The gold-plated ABR-1-style bridge exhibits uniform surface patina, and the aftermarket USA-made Bigsby B7 vibrato offers smooth, expressive warbles. Stock plastics comprise the pickup surrounds, cream switch tip, and quartet of gold witch hat knobs.
The gloss Ebony lacquer finish is framed by multi-ply ambered binding, and cosmetic wear includes some requisite light pick wear across the strum path, light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, and a few scattered dings on the body as a whole, largely on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
A Tokai-branded Lifton-style hardshell case with pink interior is included. The case features functional latches and the original handle, with a number of stickers added to the exterior.