Up for sale, a 1989 Greco JLG-85 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This JLG-85 was produced as part of Greco’s upper-tiered Mint Collection, a series that largely comprised extremely faithful recreations and reinterpretations of classic USA guitar models. The JLG-85 clearly takes its cues from the Rickenbacker 325, more specifically the so-called “Miami” Ric played by John Lennon (JLG: John Lennon Guitar), which he received in Feb. 1964 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, FL and which is forever embedded in the fabric of the 1960s thanks to appearances in the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help films.
Featuring a maple body, maple neck, and very thick slab rosewood fretboard, this Greco delivers on the promise of classic Ric jangle and sparkle, with a notably short 21" scale length. The Greco-made Toaster pickups are remarkably faithful to traditional Ric spec, metering at 8k ohms, and these alnico magnet pickups have ample clarity and sparkle, with the signature percussive cut of Lennon's tone. This JLG-85 weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with prominent shoulders in every register and ideal heft, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. On the gloss-finished slab rosewood fretboard, the medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect, benefitting from a level and crown. This guitar plays cleanly up the 21” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports a Ric-style lucite truss rod cover with “Greco Guitar” logo, and the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. On the back of the peghead, the inked serial number dates to ‘89.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way selector switch, two pairs of Volume and Tone knobs, and a smaller fifth blender knob. The pickup selector switch functions as follows: Bridge + Middle, Neck + Middle + Bridge, Neck solo. The nickel plating is clean on the six-saddle bridge and Toaster Top pickup covers, and the chrome Bigsby-style vibrato actuates smoothly. Plastics include the quintet of knobs and the two-tiered white pickguard.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss "Jetglo" (Black) finish is limited to light buckle rash across the back, minor dings along the lower bout perimeter, and a handful of finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with limited palm wear through to the maple in the 1st position.
A gigbag is included.