Greco EG700 LP Style Cherry Sunburst 1977
Greco EG700, made in Japan 1977, cherry sunburst. This model is Greco's take of the classic Les Paul Standard, and it's exceptionally good. The '700' in the model number means that in it's day, this sold for ¥70,000, almost double the cost of the basic model, which if you convert to 2018 dollars is really quite a hefty sum. The upmarket model means you get the good stuff: Greco's own U-2000 humbuckers, unchambered mahogany body, premium grade maple top, bound fretboard with the nice 'nibs' on the frets, strong long-tenon neck joint, proper mother-of-pearl inlays and deluxe kidney-bean tuners. All that adds up to an LP that'll seriously scare the majority of Gibsons; it's very convincing to the hands and ears. The slim neck and tidy fretwork make for easy playing and movement, it's very cooperative under the fingers. The pickups dole out a perfect LP-crunch; there's plenty of definition and cut, balanced with a thick richness and body to the lows and mids. The top is really quite stunning; there's some birds-eye on the lower half and some lovely tight lines along the top half, it's a unique and mesmerising example of why plain maple is frequently more fun than flame maple. With 40+ years of stories and tunes on the clock, this has a mojo you just don't get with a new guitar; not to mention the quality of timber which is in a different league to modern offerings... this is sure to ignite some dreams!
Model: Greco EG700
Made: Japan, 1977 (serial I777847)
Finish: cherry sunburst, cream binding
Neck: mahogany, rosewood board, slim 60s style profile
Body: mahogany 2pce sandwich style, plain maple 2pce cap
Weight: 4.7kg approx
Pickups: original Greco PAF-style U-2000 humbuckers (unverified)
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a couple of minor marks on the end of the headstock, neck is pretty clean. The back of the body has some widespread light and minor buckle rash, as well as a dent near the neck joint and some chips around the edge near the jack and strap pin. The top is pretty clean, just a couple of nicks around the edge near the strap pin, a nick near the knobs and near the switch, as well as some minor play scratching on the guard above strings. Overall: good condition (7.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some normal wear, but they're pretty even and there's no major buzz issues, 6/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49s.