Greco KF-190 Hollow Body Yellow 1960s
Greco KF-190 in yellow, made in Japan circa 1966. Here's something different for you! This vintage-Japanese oddity is a halfway point between a Telecaster and a Rickenbacker-style hollow like a 330. The body is fully hollow and made from a laminate of mahogany, so it's super light and very responsive. There's basic almost offset-style vibrato system, although the arm is currently missing. It all feels sturdy and well made, the neck is stable, straight and comfy, the body is strong, light and very resonant, the frets are great, all the adjustable things are still functioning properly... it's held up brilliantly over the decades. The tone is awesome: it's got a thick, spanky tone with a heap of body and warmth balanced by a fast attack and a chiming treble, it sounds great. This is the first one of these models we've ever scored, it's certainly a rare beast, especially in the glorious yellow hue that this one is wearing. Can you find room in your heart for an enormous, banana-coloured, fully hollow Tele in your life? It'll make you feel good!
Model: Greco KF-190
Made: Japan, 1966 approx (no serial)
Finish: gloss yellow
Body: fully hollow laminate mahogany/agathis (not verified), vertically braced
Neck: maple (not verified), rosewood board, moderately slim profile, 12" radius
Mods: at least one knob replaced, frets possibly replaced
Pickups: original Greco gold-foil style single coils
Note: no tremolo arm
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor chips next to the truss rod cover and some light scuffs around the edge. There's some marks along the edge of the board at the nut join, but it's not a break and is perfectly stable. Back of the neck and fretboard pretty clean, minor marks only. There's a crack in the neck pocket which appears to be finish-deep only, again, it's perfectly stable. The back has some very minor scratches around the place, nothing nasty. The sides have some very minor finish cracks running around the edge of the binding, again, nothing unstable and all tested fine, as well as a scratch near the jack. The front is pretty clean, just a couple of dimples below and behind the bridge, a scratch up from the bridge near the edge, some play scratching and a light glue mark on the guard. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are in pretty great shape, 9/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49s.