Up for sale, a 1978 Greco EG800C Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this Greco model does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of the classic LP design with details consistent with LP Customs crafted in the latter half of the '70s. The guitar features a carved two-piece maple top, with a "sandwich" two-piece solid mahogany body and three-piece maple neck.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with the original Maxon PU-2 pickup in the neck position. Featuring Alnico V magnets and wax potting for optimal feedback rejection, this pickup is wound just over 8k ohms with great harmonic complexity, a snappy top end, ample bass, and a well-balanced midrange. The upgraded bridge humbucker measures just under 8k ohms, and is wired to a coil split switch, allowing the pickup to deliver both powerful, present humbucker punch and single coil sparkle and snap. It's also worth noting that while this guitar doesn't strictly fall under the "lawsuit" umbrella (there was never any legal action taken against Greco), the legacy of these Japanese instruments is forever attached to the term, given the adherence to the vintage specs and cosmetic touches of their USA-made counterparts. The guitar weighs 9lbs 14oz. We've had this Greco professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a slender C shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid block inlay and vintage-spec fret edge binding on the original fretwire. There is a touch of uniform wear on the 1st fret, with light wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 5, and virtually no wear further up the neck. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has all of the hallmarks of a Custom, with split diamond inlay, classic "open book" shape, multi-ply binding, inlaid Greco logo, and a set of original gold Greco tuners with metal tulip buttons.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with full-size Japanese pots and a shielded control cavity. The bridge pickup and tone pot are replacements, and the two-way mini coil tap toggle augments the original control layout. The stock neck pickup has the PU-2 designation etched on the baseplate, along with bold six-digit Maxon stamp that dates to 1977. All of the original hardware is intact including the Nashville-style bridge and corresponding stopbar, with patina through the gold plating. The amber speed knobs, switch surround, pickup rings, and pickguard are modern components. The binding has a touch of ambering, framing the Cherry Sunburst gloss finish and highlighting the subtle birdseye figuring in the maple top. Cosmetic wear includes a couple finish chips, scuffing in the pick path, and light buckle worming on the back. The original gloss finish on the neck profile exhibits some shallow marks along its length, with some finish checking along the binding as well.
A gigbag is included.