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1985 Greco EGC68-50 Custom Black Beauty Mint Collection Ebony, Japan Fujigen

$1,199.99

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Up for sale, a 1985 Greco EGC68-50 "Black Beauty" LP Custom electric guitar in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan's famed Fujigen factory as part of Greco's Mint Collection offered in the '80s, 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 cap on a mahogany body, long neck tenon, and full-size pots. It's a lively and powerful sounding instrument, and the craftsmanship is evident in the great playability and classic range of Les Paul tones. The pickup pair includes an era-correct Japanese PAF-style humbucker in the bridge position, and a more powerful high gain-centric neck pickup. The bridge pickup is tight and clear-sounding with a PAF-style wind and great top end character, while the neck pickup is a high gain powerhouse with plenty of output and oomph (yet pairing well in terms of perceived volume with the bridge pickup), ideal for thick, compressed crunch. This Greco weighs 9lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with slinky action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.

The neck has a medium C profile carve at the nut with notable heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and 1.030” at the 12th. The neck features a bound rosewood fretboard, pearloid block inlay, and original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good meat and show only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the fretboard sports a 12” radius. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width, upgraded to solid brass for optimal sustain and treble cut. On the headstock, the guitar features a small volute, multi-ply binding, Greco-branded chrome Rotomatic-style tuners, and clean pearl inlay that vaguely mimics Gibson's split diamond look.

All of the electronics work as they should, with original pots which date to 1985. The hardware comprises an ABR-1-style bridge and stoptail, and the gold plating is quite clean, with light surface patina on the bass side of the Tune-o-Matic and across the stopbar. Plastics include a quartet of black speed knobs and the original multi-ply pickguard. The gloss Ebony finish has a bit of light finish chipping on the bass-side lower bout body edge and a small spot of light buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back, along with some scattered small dings and light finish scratches mostly on the back and extending to the top to a far lesser extent. The finish on the neck profile is smooth to the palm.

The original faux leather brown form-fit gigbag is included.