Up for sale, a 1984 Greco JS55 John Sykes Custom "Black Beauty" electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. From the first year of production and part of the famed Greco Mint Collection, this Personal Series model was crafted in Japan's Fujigen factory. A staple in the ‘80s riff realm, Sykes is most notably known as a guitarist for both Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. Featuring John’s signature aesthetic with mirrored pickup surrounds and associated plastics, 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 produced concurrently with this model and exclusively sold within Japan.
The JS55 model features a carved maple top, mahogany body, long neck tenon, "Screamin" PAF pickups, braided pickup leads, full-size pots, and a brass 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 midrange, 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 13oz and balancing well on a strap, we've had this Greco professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The neck has a round 50s-style C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and ideal heft, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 12" radius with pearloid block inlay and stock medium jumbo frets. The frets show virtually no wear and have plenty of meat, and the guitar plays well up the straight neck with a responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the brass nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the guitar features a small volute, multi-ply binding, nickel Gotoh tuners with Grover Rotomatic-style buttons, and clean pearloid inlay that very closely mimics Gibson's split diamond look.
All of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size pots that date to March of 1984, as well as the same high quality braided pickup leads seen on any Gibson. Strangely enough, the neck pickup has gold pole pieces (instead of chrome) yet is undoubtedly stock and the solder joints are untouched. Both humbuckers retain their PAF-style "Screamin 1982" stickers. The nickel hardware includes an ABR-1-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar, and plastics include mirrored pickup rings, pickguard, and switch surround. The Ebony gloss finish shows a couple decently sized dings on the back adjacent to the control cavity cover, and wear is otherwise limited to a few small nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains a smooth gloss finish.
A gigbag is included.