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1990 Greco LAG-1000 Vintage Archtop Guitar Sunburst L-5 CES w/ Case & Dry PAFs, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Greco LAG-1000 electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan's famed Fujigen factory, this rare guitar is a faithful iteration of the Gibson L-5 CES. The LAG-1000 features a spruce top and maple back and sides, a three-piece maple neck capped with a multi-ply bound genuine ebony fingerboard inlaid with pearl blocks, a full 17" lower bout width, and a premium L-5 tailpiece.

One of the most sought after vintage Japanese PAF iterations, the Fujigen-made "Dry" pickups offer a tone that is detailed and rich, with plenty of sweetness from the bridge pickup, and more inherent warmth and fullness in the neck position. The guitar has a natural woody character and percussive, dynamic midrange chop that translates faithfully through the humbuckers, delivering sparkling trebles, focused low end, and an articulate and clear response in every pickup position. The instrument weighs 7lbs 8oz, professionally dialed in here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with flatwound 11-49 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve bordering on the slender side of things with moderate shoulder and an easy-playing feel, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 9th. The multi-ply bound ebony fretboard features pearl block inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets show virtually no wear with well-rounded crowns, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the stock nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The bound “open book” headstock features a pearloid Greco logo and inlay design that closely mimics the L-5 “flower pot”, with stock gold tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector and individual Volume and Tone controls for each "Dry" humbucker. Plastic parts include a modern bound dark tortoise pickguard and a quartet of gold reflector cap knobs. The gold hardware includes a modern floating rosewood bridge and elaborate art deco trapeze tailpiece mirroring the L-5 design. There is surface patina through the gold plating on the tuner buttons, pickup covers, and tailpiece. The "Clear Sound Project" red oval Greco label is visible through the F hole, and while the model is noted on the label as the LAG-100, the catalog designates this guitar as the LAG-1000.

The warm, saturated Sunburst gloss finish is framed by 7-ply top binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to one finish chip along the binding on the treble side lower bout, with just a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, mostly relegated to the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and nigh flawless, with just one shallow mark on the bass-side shoulder behind fret 2.

A modern molded hardshell case is included.