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1979 Greco EG500 Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony w/ Case & Maxon PAFs, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1979 Greco LP Standard model EG500 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced at the Fujigen factory in Japan, this Greco does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of the classic Les Paul design. The guitar features a sleek gloss Ebony finish over the solid maple cap and mahogany body, paired with a three-piece maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.

When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Maxon-made humbuckers. Made in the low output PAF mold and measuring in the mid-7k ohms range, these pickups are dynamic, articulate, and very well balanced. Weighing 8lbs 9oz, the guitar has a smooth acoustic tone with great sustain, while the maple neck adds to the top end snap and note attack. From a clear and growly bridge pickup to a warm, rich neck humbucker with sweet, bell-like top end, this Greco easily covers the tonal ground of an LP Standard. 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 maple neck has a slender C profile shape with a fast, effortless feel, measuring .815” at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut with tight grain and sharp-edged trapezoid inlays. The original frets are just shy of medium jumbo in size with fret edge binding, matching Gibson spec, and the frets have plenty of meat and crown, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock features the Greco logo inlaid in pearl, and the original set of Kluson-style double line double ring tuning machines with lightly greened tulip buttons. The inked G79-prefix serial number is intact on the headstock (dating to July of 1979), and there is one small finish split that’s only “skin deep” at the seam for the treble side headstock wing, just north of the G tuner.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original full-size Japanese pots and capacitors. The pickups have the correct Gibson-style braided wire, with original six digit Maxon stamps on the baseplates, dating to 1979. Visible in the neck pickup cavity, the neck joint is the short tenon doweled variety, and the pickup cavity also highlights the thick (not veneer) maple cap. The cream plastic parts show sparingly little aging, and the nickel hardware shows light surface patina. The original quartet of reflector cap knobs shine like new too. Exceedingly well kept, cosmetic wear is limited to a few faint finish scratches and minor marks in the clear coat of the gloss on the body. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included.