Up for sale, a 1992 Greco EGB-850 LP Custom-style vintage bass in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Built in the style of a “Black Beauty” with a gloss Ebony finish framed by multi-ply binding, gold hardware and premium inlay, this Greco was only offered from 1990-1992, made in the Fujigen factory in Japan shortly after their “Mint Collection” era.
This bass leverages the traditional LP tonewood complement to devastating effect, with a mahogany body, maple cap, three-piece maple neck, and bound slab rosewood fretboard. At 10lbs 15oz, there's no shortage of punch and sustain, and the instrument has a natural acoustic richness and bite, accentuating the top end articulation of maple, with the underlying characteristic warmth and smooth growl of mahogany. 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 45-105 roundwound strings, comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve, with well-rounded shoulders in every register and more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005” at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and the factory jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on frets 1-3. This scale length matches Gibson EB spec at 30 1/2”, and the bass plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 1/2” in width. The headstock features multi-ply binding and pearloid split-diamond inlay, notable as this inlay would later change to a “flame” design that’s considerably less Gibson-esque. The original “Made in Japan”-stamped Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
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 March of 1992. 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 a quartet of witch hat knobs.
The gloss Ebony finish exhibits a small patch of buckle rash on the back, some faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, and some dings and finish chips primarily across the back and lower bout body edge. The gloss on the neck profile is in excellent condition.
A Bruff-brand padded black gigbag is included.