Up for sale, a 1984 Greco EGC57-60 triple pickup "Black Beauty" LP Custom in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Part of the Mint Collection series of instruments which launched in 1982, this Greco was made at the Fujigen factory, rarely seen outside Japan.
Crafted to emulate '50s LP Custom, this guitar features a solid mahogany body paired with a carved mahogany top, yielding distinctive wooly warmth and plenty of sustain. The guitar retains the original "Screamin" humbuckers which deliver a great spin on the classic PAF tone, boasting rich harmonic content, great punch, and an overall full and detailed tonal character. The middle position on the switch engages two of the humbuckers out-of-phase, another vintage-correct touch that offers a distinctive thinned-out cut. This Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlays and medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat with well-rounded crowns, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports the iconic “open book” shape, framed by multi-ply cream binding with Greco’s unique tulip inlay. The gold-plated metal button tuners turn smoothly and sport metal tulip buttons, with even patina on the gold plating. The back of the headstock has an inked E84-prefix serial, dating this guitar to May, 1984, and the silver foil “600” sticker denotes the model tier and original price of the instrument in yen (¥60,000).
All of the electronics work as they should, and the pickups are wired Bridge/Bridge+Middle(out-of-phase)/Neck on the three-way toggle. The neck pickup cavity reveals the long neck tenon, and the wiring harness has untouched solder joints with full-size pots that date to February of '84. All of the original gold hardware is intact including the ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar. Plastics include the four-ply black pickguard, amber switch tip and quartet of black bonnet knobs.
The gloss Ebony finish is framed by ambered multi-ply binding, and playwear includes a handful of dings on the top at the lower bout, targeted buckle rash on the back at the bass-side waist, and some additional scattered marks and finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a handful of shallow marks along the profile length that don't impact playability.
The original faux leather gigbag is included.