VINTAGE GRECO (1980'S, 1990'S ERA BELIEVED TO BE A "MINT COLLECTION SERIES" INSTRUMENT) ELECTRIC GUITAR. EXCELLENT WELL CARED FOR CLEAN VINTAGE CONDITION WITH COMMON MODERATE SIGNS OF CAREFUL USE AND AGE. BETTER THAN AVERAGE COSMETIC CONDITION. I SEE NO NECK/HEADSTOCK REPAIRS, BREAKS OR CRACKS IN THE WOOD.MODS INCLUDE: PRS STRAP BUTTONS, GROVER TUNERS, POTS, KNOBS, CAPACITORS AND GUITAR FETISH KP-VEH-VINTAGE EXTRA HOT THE BROWN SOUND PICKUPS. ELECTRONICS ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.
THE ORIGINAL FRETS ARE IN VERY NICE CONDITION WITH ONLY THE SLIGHT WEAR. INCLUDES NEAR MINT GIBSON BRANDED LES PAUL HARDSHELL CASE. PRO SET UP WITH NEW.SOUNDS FANTASTIC AND PLAYS EASILY WITH LOW ACTION. OPEN "O" IN THE HEADSTOCK LOGO WHICH APPEARS TO BE THE HIGHER QUALITY MINT COLLECTION SERIES. WELL MADE AND LOOKS ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE A GIBSON LES PAUL CUSTOM BLACK BEAUTY. GREAT FEELING SLIM PROFILE NECK. WE ARE NOT EXPERTS ON THE HISTORY OF GRECO GUITARS AND NOT CLAIMING THIS TO BE A "LAWSUIT GUITAR". Japanese lawsuit guitars imported to the United States from the mid-1970s on.. Seventies Les Paul lookalikes featured names like Burny, Tokai, and Greco on their headstocks. Interestingly, most Japanese copies of the time didnt have serial numbers a great way to tell if an instrument is truly a lawsuit guitar, even today. Most instruments that claim to be lawsuit-era guitars simply arent.
That isnt to say they arent cool, functional instruments with unique character quite the contrary. The only technical lawsuit guitars are Ibanez models, or other branded guitars manufactured by Hoshino, that look nearly identical to Gibson or Fender guitars, save for the name on the headstock and some technical specifications. They mostly originated out of the FujiGen Gakki plant in Japan and were imported to the US.Starting in 1979, the Greco "Super Real Series" was introduced which made available high standard replicas of Gibson and Fender models. In 1982 the Greco "Mint Collection" was introduced, which continued the high standard of the "Super Real Series". In 1982 Kanda Shokai and Yamano Gakki become part of Fender Japan and Kanda Shokai stopped producing its own Greco Fender replica models. Since the end of the Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas in the early 1990s. The "Mint Collection Series" with an open O Greco logo start (an O letter with the top part of the O letter removed).
Most of the "Mint Collection Series" models with an open O Greco logo end in 1990. In the early 1990s most of the Greco guitars return to a closed O Greco logo but there were some open O Greco logo guitars made in the early 1990s as well.
Most of the Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas were made by FujiGen Gakki (Japan). Some Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas starting from around 1988 had no serial numbers.
The lower priced no serial number Greco Les Paul and SG models were made by Cor-Tek (Cort). And usually have Cor-Tek (Cort) potentiometers. Other higher priced no serial Greco Les Paul and SG models were made by Tkai. Kanda Shokai stopped using the open book headstock design on Greco Gibson replica models around the early 1990s and then concentrated on their other model lines and Fender Japan. There were also some transitional Greco models from 1981/1982 that have a mixture of "Super Real Series" and "Mint Collection Series" features such as a "Super Real" model with an open O letter in the Greco logo instead of a closed O letter.
The Super Real EGF (flametop) and EG series higher end models featured nitrocellulose lacquer finishes and fret edge binding and some of the Super Real lower end models also featured fret edge binding. Medium tenon neck joints with dowel reinforcements were used up until 1981 and standard Gibson style long and medium tenon neck joints were used after 1981. The medium tenon neck joints with dowel reinforcements were very similar to the Gibson long tenon neck joints that were used in the early 1970s before Gibson switched to using a short tenon neck joint. Some Greco models featured chambered (not solid) body designs up to the early 1980s, which weighed less than a regular solid body model and also had a slight semi acoustic quality. Some of the current Gibson models also use chambered bodies, such as the Gibson Les Paul Supreme.PLEASE SEE HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS BELOW. The item "VINTAGE GRECO ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH GIBSON LES PAUL HARDSHELL CASE" is in sale since Wednesday, January 03, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "llabrynth" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped worldwide.