Up for sale, a 1982 Greco EG-500C Super Power Custom electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan during Greco's very brief "Super Real" era of production in the early '80s, this lawsuit era LP truly delivers the goods, with incredible attention to vintage Gibson spec. And while no legal action was taken against Greco for these guitars, Gibson did commission the same factory to make their "Orville" line of instruments which were exclusively sold within Japan.
Clearly a direct response to the early '70s Les Paul Custom, this model features deep carve on the maple top, a solid mahogany body, stock PAF-style Maxon-made pickups, braided wire, full size pots, witch hat knobs, and a hand-carved bone nut. It's an extremely lively and powerful sounding instrument, and the craftsmanship is evident in the great playability and classic range of Les Paul tones. The bridge pickup has a complex and detailed sound, with a touch of growl, a sweet midrange character, and focused bass response. The neck position humbucker delivers more girth and fullness while still being clear and present, and it's an ideal sound for saturated lead lines. With a solid, non-weight relieved body, this Greco weighs 10lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The mahogany neck has a medium C shaped profile carve with a bit of chunk, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and filling out to 1.050" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features pearl block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire with fret edge binding. These frets are very similar to what Gibson used in the '70s, with identical width and a bit more height and crown. The frets are remarkably clean with their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 5-6 and virtually zero wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in all positions up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the original hand-carved bone measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the guitar features the original Super Power Custom truss rod cover, Greco logo and "tulip" pearl inlay, multi-ply binding, and Greco-branded gold Grover-style tuners.
All of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size pots and tone caps, as well as the same high quality braided pickup leads seen on any Gibson. The black bobbin humbuckers measure 8.06k ohms in the bridge position and 7.6k at the neck. These are also some of the very last Maxon pickups offered in Greco instruments, as pickup production would move in-house at Fujigen by the end of '82. The pickup baseplates retain the original stamps which date back to 1981. The gold hardware shows patina on the plating, and all original black plastic parts are intact including the switch surround, multi-ply pickguard, and witch hat knobs. Cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffing in the pick path, faint scattered scuffs in the clear coat of the gloss finish, and a shallow isolated scratch to the bass side of the rear strap button. The neck profile is pristine with a smooth gloss finish, barring a single stray tiny mark in the clear coat on the treble side of the heel.
A vintage Japanese faux leather gigbag is included.