Up for sale, a 1987 Greco EGC57-70 Custom "Black Beauty" in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Part of the Mint Collection series of instruments which launched in 1982, these guitars are rarely seen outside Japan and have a well-deserved reputation for adherence to vintage spec and fantastic build quality.
Designed to emulate a '50s LP Custom, this guitar features a solid mahogany body and carved mahogany top. The guitar retains the original "Screamin" humbuckers which deliver a great spin on the classic PAF tone, boasting rich harmonic content, great punch, and an overall full and detailed tonal character. Notably light for a Custom, this Greco weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle increase in overall heft and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and stock medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and plenty of meat, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4 scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has multi-ply binding, an "open book" shape, and unique "tulip" pearl inlay. The gold tuners turn very smoothly and sport metal tulip buttons, and the K87-prefix serial number dates the instrument to November of 1987
All of the electronics work as they should, and the pickups are wired Bridge/Bridge+Middle/Neck on the three-way toggle. The neck pickup cavity reveals the long neck tenon, and the wiring harness has untouched solder joints with full-size pots that date to September of '87. All of the original gold-plated hardware is intact, with patina through the plating, particularly on the bridge pickup cover and bass-side edge of the ABR-1-style bridge.
The Ebony gloss finish is framed by ambered multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear includes some small scattered dings and light finish scratches across the body, with a spot of light buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back and some pick scuffing across the strum path, all wear consistent with honest use. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, showing some small, shallow marks on the neck profile, and nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.
A vintage faux leather gigbag is included.