Up for sale, a 1984 Greco LP Custom Mint Collection model RR55 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, with an Alpine White gloss finish. Taking its cues from Randy Rhoads' famous '74 Les Paul Custom (thus the "RR" model designation), this is a particularly rare Greco, with special care taken to the small cosmetic mods which Rhoads made to his instrument including gold speed knobs, Schaller-style tuning machines, and a brass switch tip.
It's incredible the attention to detail executed by Greco at the Fujigen factory on their Mint Collection series instruments like the RR55. Greco simply nailed the small touches of vintage Gibson models, with details like a long neck tenon, patent numbers on the bottom of the ABR-1-style bridge, and a perfectly shaped small headstock volute setting the Greco guitars apart from many lesser "lawsuit" instruments.
Tonally, the pair of original "Screamin" PAF-style humbuckers (wound in-house at Fujigen, metering 7.6k ohms at the neck and 7.8k 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. At 10lbs 11oz, this Greco has plenty of natural sustain and sonic authority, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and optimal heft, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and .985” at the 12th, The rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay, with fret-edge binding on the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have been lightly dressed in the guitar's lifetime and have plenty of meat, showing no notable wear. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock is framed by multi-ply binding and sports the iconic “open book” shape, with Greco’s tulip inlay. The Schaller-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with consistent surface patina on their gold-plated buttons. The L84-prefix serial on the back of the headstock dates this guitar to December, 1984.
All of the electronics are original, working exactly as they should with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to February of 1984. The long neck tenon is visible in the neck pickup cavity, a structural bonus that increases sustain and resonance. The gold plating on the ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar is notably clean, with consistent surface patina on the pickup covers. Plastics comprise the quartet of gold speed knobs and the four-ply black pickguard.
The Alpine White gloss finish is framed by multi-ply binding, uniformly yellowed beyond the factory shade to a deeper cream color. This is a well-kept example, with cosmetic wear on the finish limited to a handful of minor marks on the lower bout body edge and just a few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with one microscopic ding on the heel that is imperceptible to the palm.
A gigbag is included.