Up for sale, a 1987 Greco Device series TRH-120 model vintage electric guitar in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Among Greco's highest tiered and shortest lived models, the TRH-120 is a stunning shred-centric build, channelling Tom Anderson in its visual and tonal intent, with highly figured tonewoods and a a sleek body carve. Simply one of those "I had no idea Greco ever made THAT" guitars, the TRH-120 is a premium vintage Japanese guitar crafted at the Fujigen factory, boasting a non-catalog lacquer finish best described as stonewashed denim. The finish has subtle flashes of blue on the ambered nitro lacquer-finished flame maple top, and more prominent blue in the pores of the maple on the heavily figured birdseye neck.
The alder body is paired with a subtly carved bookmatched flame maple cap, and the birdseye maple neck is capped with a slab 22 fret ebony board. The body is only 1 5/16" deep, and the guitar is featherweight at only 6lbs 12oz. The guitar is loaded with the original pair of Dry-H EMG-style passive humbuckers, in the same vein as Greco's coveted Dry-Z pickups in that they're incredibly well made and tailored for a specific task, in this case crystalline, focused tone that interacts particularly well with high gain. We've had this Greco professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with low action and fresh 10-46 roundwound strings.
The birdseye maple neck has a medium C profile carve that borders on the slender side of things, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The profile has a smooth, easy-playing satin lacquer finish, and the ebony fingerboard is a thick slab with original Dunlop Accu-Fret 6190 fretwire. The frets are slender and tall with perfectly rounded crowns and virtually no wear. The fretboard has a 9 1/2" radius, and the guitar conforms to traditional Tele specs with a 25 1/2" scale length and 1 5/8" wide brass nut, ensuring ideal articulation and treble response. The headstock retains the original Greco gold-plated tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and Master Volume and Tone knobs with knurled gold knobs. A brass bridge rounds out the hardware. The bookmatched heavily figured maple top has tight ripples of dimensional curly flame, and the grain is equally as dynamic. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash and various scuffs and nicks across the back, and the Trans Blue nitro gloss on the alder has a slight cloudiness as well. In contrast, wear on the top is limited to pick wear across the strum path and a few scuffs and minor marks adjacent to the knobs and behind the bridge. The maple neck has dense birdseye figuring extending along its length, and the satin finish on the profile feels great on the palm.
This Greco is as rare as they come, representing one of the most expensive guitars in Greco's late '80s catalogs (120,000 yen) and produced in sparingly small quantities.