Up for sale, a 1995 Greco LGB series short scale bass in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Among the rarest and earliest iterations of this particular Greco model, this LGB is much stricter to genuine Gibson body proportions and headstock shape than later versions. And while a 34" scale length is the norm for the majority of Greco LGB basses, this example is notable for retaining Gibson's traditional "short scale" 30 1/2" scale length.
This bass leverages the traditional LP tonewood compliment to devastating effect, with a mahogany body, highly figured carved maple cap, three-piece maple neck, and bound slab rosewood fretboard. At 10lbs 5oz, 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 the same pickups 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 slender, effortless C profile carve at the nut, with more substance and shoulder as you travel up the bound rosewood fingerboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is inlaid with pearl trapezoids, and the medium jumbo factory fretwire is flawless with well-rounded crowns. The scale length measures 30 1/2", and the nut is a slender 1 1/2". On the headstock, the original Schaller-style tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly, and the headstock face features the Greco name inlaid in pearloid.
The electronics function as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker as well as a three-way pickup selector toggle. The bridge is notably robust, and more substantial than the three-point bridges seen on many Gibson LP basses, inset into the body with spotless plating and individually height adjustable saddles. Plastics include a quartet of ambered bonnet knobs and an amber switch tip.
In Gibson's pantheon of burst gradients, the finish is best categorized as a Light Burst, with less saturation than a Trans Amber gloss and yet featuring more of a burst effect than a Lemon Drop. Light ripples of dimensional curly flame figuring extend evenly across the top, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few light pick scuffs just north of the Low E string, a couple minor dings on top at the waist, and a couple small finish chips on the bass side lower bout body binding. There are also a few additional minor dings and faint finish scuffs across the back and on the body parameter. The neck profile is flawless.
A padded gigbag is included.