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1984 Greco EGC68-50 Custom Mint Collection Vintage Guitar Violin Burst, Japan Fujigen w/ Screamin PAFs


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Up for sale, a 1984 Greco EGC68-50 Custom electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order with a rare Violin Burst gloss finish. Crafted at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan during Greco's Mint Collection era of production, this lawsuit era 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 carved maple top, long neck tenon, "Screamin" PAF pickups, braided pickup leads, full-size pots, 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 bridge pickup has a complex and detailed sound, with a touch of growl, sweet mids, and rich, round bass response. The neck position humbucker delivers more girth and fullness while still offering plenty of clarity, and it's an ideal sound for saturated lead lines. Weighing 9lbs 3oz, this Greco balances well on a strap and has a solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body. We've had this guitar professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.

The neck profile has a medium C shape at the nut, filling out with more roundness and shoulder as you move up the fretboard, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire. These frets are very similar to what Gibson used in the late '60s, with identical width and a bit more height and crown. There is light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 9. The guitar plays well in all positions with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the guitar features a volute, multi-ply binding, gold tulip button tuners, and clean pearl inlay that vaguely mimics Gibson's split diamond look. The serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock with an F84 prefix which translates to June of '84.

All of the electronics work as they should, with original pots and tone caps, as well as the same high quality braided pickup leads seen on any Gibson. The full-size Japanese pots date to 1984, and the pickups retain the original “Scream’in 1982” stickers on the baseplates. The gold hardware shows light, uniform surface patina, and the quartet of amber bonnet knobs are modern replacements. The carved maple top is highlighted by a dark Violin Burst finish framed by ambered multi-ply binding. Cosmetically, this vintage Greco shows some scuffing in the clear coat around the switch tip and across the pick path. There are some light finish scratches central to the back, with some minor marks mostly relegated to the body perimeter. The gloss finish on the neck shows some shallow nicks along the profile length, and nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.