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1984 Greco Mint Collection EGC68-50 Custom Black Beauty w/ Screamin PAFs, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1984 Greco Mint Collection model EGC68-50 Custom "Black Beauty" in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the “lawsuit” era of Japanese guitar production, this Mint Collection Greco is a clear response to the ‘68 Les Paul Custom, featuring a carved maple cap on a mahogany body, mahogany neck with a long neck tenon and a rosewood fretboard, and “Screamin” PAF-style humbuckers. The tonewood complement yields a warm, resonant acoustic response that provides an ideal platform for the humbuckers. Tonally, the pair of original "Screamin" PAF-style humbuckers (wound in-house at Fujigen, metering 7.5k ohms at the neck and 7.45k at the bridge) deliver a great array of traditional Les Paul sounds. The bridge position has a rich growl and cut with great note attack and harmonic complexity, while the neck pickup is fat and round, retaining excellent clarity. Lightweight at 8lbs 4oz, this Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation. The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with a gentle increase in shoulder and heft up the fretboard, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .999” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with pearloid block inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire benefits from a light level and crown with good meat remaining, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The bound headstock features clean pearloid inlay that vaguely mimics Gibson’s classic split-diamond look, with a small volute on the back of the headstock. The Greco-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with uniform surface patina on the gold-plated keystone buttons. All of the electronics function as intended, with a standard Les Paul control configuration; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with braided pickup leads, and the original full-size Japanese pots date to November, 1983. The pickups retain the original “Screamin’ 1982” PAF-style decals on the baseplates. The gold-plated hardware exhibits some patina through the plating, particularly on the stopbar tailpiece. Plastics include the four-ply black pickguard and a replacement quartet of black speed knobs. The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply cream binding, with cosmetic wear including a number of dings along the lower bout perimeter, an area of faint scuffing on top along the bass side of the strum path, and some limited buckle rash across the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss. A Gator-brand gigbag is included.