Up for sale, a 1987 Greco EG59 vintage electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and 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.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Fujigen-made "Screamin" PAF-style humbuckers. The tone is detailed and rich, with plenty of definition and power from the bridge pickup, and more warmth and fullness in the neck position. Weighing 9lbs, this Greco is notable for having a solid maple top with bookmatched flame figuring and a solid mahogany body, delivering the punch and articulate singing tone one expects from a Les Paul. 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.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a modestly chunky '50s-style C-shaped profile carve at the nut with just enough substance and an easy-playing feel, filling out more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features trapezoid inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, gradually growing fainter and extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 10, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the straight neck, with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original tuning machines with aged keystone buttons made of a swirly plastic that closely mimics the Klusons of the '50s.
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should with premium tone caps and original full size Japanese pots that date to 1987. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire and output characteristics quite faithful to a PAF, with each reading 7.5k ohms. The nickel hardware shows light surface patina, with classic touches including the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece, amber bonnet knobs, and amber switch tip. The neck joint is the long tenon variety for optimal sustain and resonance.
The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish highlights the ripples of bookmatched flame figuring that extend to the edges of the top. Cosmetic wear is limited to an isolated finish chip on the back bass side lower bout edge, with lighter marks and scuffs along the lower bout body edge, and a line of finish checking that extends along the bass side waist. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
A padded gigbag is included.