Up for sale, a 1982 Greco Mint Collection LP Standard model EG59-50 in 100% original condition with original PAF-style pickups and a warm Cherry Sunburst gloss finish. Produced in the golden age of Fujigen production, this Greco does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of the classic Les Paul design. When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Fujigen-made "Screamin" PAF-style humbuckers. The tone is detailed and rich, with plenty of definition and power from the bridge pickup, and more warmth and fullness in the neck position. Weighing 10lbs 14oz, this Greco is notable for having a solid, carved two-piece maple top and solid mahogany body, delivering the punch and articulate singing tone one expects from a Les Paul. 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. Here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've had this Greco professionally setup, strung with fresh 10-46 strings, and dialed in for spot-on intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more roundness and heft further up the fretboard, filling the palm and fretting easily. The profile measures .855" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire, with vintage-spec fret edge binding. The frets have their full factory height, with very light wear beneath the plain strings, primarily on frets 1-9, and extending even more faintly beneath the B and High E into the higher registers of the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the straight neck, with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original nickel Greco Deluxe Kluson-style tuning machines with sharp-edged transparent keystone buttons.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original Japanese pots and premium tone caps. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire and output characteristics quite faithful to a PAF, reading in the high 7k ohms range. The "Screamin' 1982" PAF-style stickers are also present on the pickup baseplates too. The nickel hardware shows light surface patina on the pickup covers, ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece. Other classic touches include the original amber bonnet knobs with a hint of greening on the skirts, an amber switch tip, and Gibson-esque aluminum strap buttons. The neck joint is the long tenon variety for optimal sustain and resonance.
The gloss Heritage Cherry Sunburst gloss finish is particularly rich and saturated, exhibiting some small marks on top, mostly clustered behind the bridge. There is buckle rash central to the waist on the back, a few minor finish chips on the treble side lower bout edge, and additional finish scratches and pinhead-sized nicks on the back. The gloss on the profile is very smooth with just a couple shallow marks.
A padded gigbag is included.