1982 Greco Mint Collection EG59-85, Cherry Red Sunburst
Super Greco EG59-85 from 1982. Made in the legendary FujiGen Factory the guitar features a transition of specs as Greco transitioned from the Super Real Era into the Mint Collection of instruments. Featuring a 2 piece Mahogany body with a long tenon, one piece mahogany neck with a small headstock with small ink stamped serial number # 2 1001 in the 50’s Gibson style. The Headstock face has the Greco Logo with open ‘O’ but still retains the Super Real logo, a trait seen on the transitional guitars. The fingerboard is Indian Rosewood with pearloid trapezoid position markers, medium frets with fret end binding. The guitar has a Maple top with a book-matched and figured maple veneer. Pickups are the original and highly regarded Double Trick humbuckers. Made by Maxon and selling for 18000Y separately they were directly bellow the legendary Dry Z pickups in the range. Hardware is nickel throughout with great attention paid to the accuracy, tuners are single ring Kluson Deluxe style, The truss rod cover is of the two-ply, two screw bell type. The pickguard and pickup rings ape the original creme M-69 and single ply type. Control knobs are the gold bonnet style used from ’55-60.
The guitar is in great condition throughout, the back has some light buckle-rash and worming to the finish but the front is especially clean for a 40 year old guitar. The Nitro clear coat has ambered giving a pleasant warmth to the binding and sunburst. The top has a restrained amount of figuring that looks just right when compared to other examples. The neck is a comfortable profile that approximates a late 50’s profile nicely, measuring 21.95mm at the 1st and 24.42mm at the 12th fret respectively. The nut measures a standard 43.49 wide. The Double Trick pickups measure 6.91K in the Bridge and 7.04 in the neck and have a open, balanced sound. Despite the low output they still have a decent bite thanks to the AlniCo V magnets used. The guitar comes with a Tan and Pink Lifton style case, weighs 9lbs even and plays nicely set up on 10 gauge strings.