Up for sale, a 1979 Greco model GOII 600 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan at the Fujigen factory in conjunction with the Ibanez Musician line of instruments, the GOII 600 shares many similarities with the better known Ibanez line. From the solid ash body to the hardware used and scale length and nut width specs, the GOII 600 feels familiar and intuitive to play, with an incredible range of spanky, snarling tones. In many ways the Stratocaster you never knew you needed, the GOII 600 features an ingenious wiring design that unlocks all of the possible combinations of the three single coil pickups. The middle pickup has its own on/off switch and dedicated Volume knob, making it easy to omit or blend in with the bridge and neck position single coils. The tone is ceaselessly big and bold with ample top end snap. Both the quick attack of maple and the complex midrange punch of the ash body contribute to a sound that is present and articulate. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and freshly restrung with 10-46 strings, this Greco plays easily and weighs 8lbs 3oz.
The three-piece maple neck has a modestly chunky profile carve at the nut, with rolled fretboard edges and gently sloping shoulders, almost inferring a soft V, filling out with more heft and a more conventional C shape in the higher registers, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and stock medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height with plenty of meat and virtually no wear, playing easily up the 10" radiused board. The scale length measures 24 3/4", with deep body cutaways and a smooth, contoured neck heel which allows easy access to the instrument's full 22 fret range. The nut is a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features an ash veneer with a dark walnut finish, original metal Greco truss rod cover, and Greco Deluxe Kluson-style double line tuning machines that turn very smoothly and work well.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the controls work as follows:
Knob 1: Bridge and Neck volume
Knob 2: Middle pickup volume
Knob 3: Master Tone
Three-way switch: Bridge/ Bridge + Neck / Neck
Two-way mini toggle: Middle pickup on/off
The vibrato is also an extremely well thought out design with a centrally mounted arm (not included) so that the vibrato actuates with an even response across all strings. The vibrato utilizes one giant vibrato spring, horizontally mounted inside the body with adjustable tension and an extremely smooth response. The bridge has six saddles for optimal intonation and a two-point pivot design for the vibrato which would be adopted by Fender in the next decade. There is light, uniform patina on the vibrato and pickup bezels, and the plastic parts include brown pickup covers with a Fender Jaguar-esque shape and metal "claws" framing the covers, as well as a trio of modern amber bell knobs.
The two-tone Sunburst gloss finish highlights the extremely dynamic grain of the two-piece ash body, with some scattered dings on the body parameter, particularly on the lower bout edge and some nicks and minor marks across the back as well. Wear on the top is more sparse, and there are just a few tiny nicks in the gloss on the profile length.
A vintage Japanese black tolex hardshell case is included.