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1991 Greco EGB-850 Custom Black Beauty Vintage Short Scale Bass, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1991 Greco EGB-850 LP Custom-style bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Invoking the aesthetic of a “Black Beauty” with a gloss Ebony finish framed by multi-ply binding and accented by gold hardware, the rare short scale Greco was only offered from 1990-92, crafted at the Fujigen factory in Japan shortly after the “Mint Collection” era of Greco production.

Featuring the late '70s LP tonewood complement of a mahogany body, maple cap, three-piece maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, this bass weighs 9lbs 15oz, delivering ample natural punch and sustain. The humbucker pair visually evokes a Thunderbird, and these are constructed similarly to those utilized in Greco's TB model basses. Clear, round, and powerful, these humbuckers accentuate the sweet midrange grind and treble articulation of the roundwound strings while also having a particularly powerful low end presence. Each position on the three-way pickup selector toggle is distinct and rich, with a very broad, thumpy yet authoritative sound with the neck pickup engaged. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Greco is dialed in with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve, with well-rounded shoulders in every register and more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect, with well-rounded crowns. This bass plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length matches Gibson EB spec at 30 1/2“, and the bone nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The headstock sports a “flame” inlay, framed by multi-ply binding, and the original Gotoh tuning machines function smoothly.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the humbucker pair governed by a three-way pickup selector and dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each humbucker. The solder joints are untouched, and the original full-size Japanese pots date to July, 1991. The bridge is notably robust, and more substantial than the three-point bridges seen on many Gibson LP basses, with individually height adjustable saddles. Plastics include the original quartet of witch hat knobs.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Ebony finish includes a number of minor dings and light scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout perimeter, as well as some faint scuffing along the treble side of the strum path. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

A Gator-brand gigbag is included.