Up for sale, a 1987 Greco EG59 flame top vintage electric guitar in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan's famed Fujigen factory as part of Greco's celebrated 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.
Particularly lightweight for an LP-style instrument at 8lbs 3oz, this Greco features a solid maple top capped with a bookmatched genuine flame maple veneer, a solid mahogany body, and a mahogany neck with long tenon joint topped with a bound rosewood fretboard. The guitar delivers a natural airy quality, sweet sustain, and a dynamic tonal character that translates faithfully through the PAF-style hubuckers. These pickups are wax potted and designed to handle gain with ease, delivering definition and plenty of power in the bridge position, with more warmth and fullness from the neck pickup and a bevy of traditional LP tonalities in between. Here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've had this Greco professionally setup, strung with fresh 10-46 strings, and dialed in for spot-on intonation and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a rounded medium C-shaped profile carve, not quite "50s" depth but offering plenty of substance, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of height and meat, showing wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. The “open book” headstock retains the original Greco Deluxe tuning machines with aged keystone buttons made of a swirly plastic that closely mimics the Klusons of the '50s. The inked 50s-style serial on the back of the headstock dates to 1987.
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should with premium tone caps and original full size Japanese pots that date to 1986. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire and output characteristics quite faithful to a PAF, with each reading in the mid 7k ohms range. The nickel hardware shows light surface patina, with classic touches including the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece, amber bonnet knobs, and cream switch tip and surround.
The Sunburst finish lives in a middle ground between Trans Amber and Ice Tea, highlighting the ripples of bookmatched flame figuring that extend to the edges of the top, framed by ambered cream binding. Cosmetic wear includes some pick scuffing across the strum path, with finish chips and smaller marks mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean with just a few light marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
A gigbag is included.