Greco Mint series

Ace Warslave

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This my only greco from 86/87 the finish has cracks in places but,

It is one heck of a guitar this gets played just about every day..:thumb:

 

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I may be way off, but it seems like I've seen more Tokai plaintops than other brands. If you have patience and do the research, you could get a used Greco that has finish problems for cheap and strip the top and oil it or lacquer it, even stain it, etc....


Thanks, I don't recall which series Tokais were plaintops, but I remember there being a specific designation for them. I've seen a lot of nice Orville and Epi LQ plaintops, but they're generally more expensive than the plaintop Grecos I've recently seen on Japanese sites. Hence me asking...

Also with a finish damaged solid colour who knows what the grain underneath looks like, of how many pieces the top was glued together and such, so I'd rather find a nice pt. I like from the get go.
 

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There were a couple of nice plain top MC Grecos for sale in the classifieds recently.

I've seen them and one almost broke my heart... :shock: (thanks Willy...) :thumb:

It would've been too expensive with shipping and taxes...
 

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Here is one of my 850s that is a plain top. I have another that is the same year, but it has a flame top.
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Nice burst there. I like honeyburst on LPs the most, but this looks good. So many of the older Grecos and Burnys seem to be clownburst...
 

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The clownies usually go cheap, great if you just want a good player, or if you want to put the work into a refinish. Quite a few guys here have great skills in this department :)
 

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There is a nice Clowny Custom for about $400 right now,,, but I cant say where
 

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Here is one of my 850s that is a plain top. I have another that is the same year, but it has a flame top.
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Nice burst on that one! It is very interesting to see a non-veneer EG59-85. Does it have the "850" sticker and Double Trick pickups? The only plaintops were the EG59-45, 50 and 70 so if it has Double Tricks and no veneer it should be an EG59-70.
 

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Sorry fella's, I should have been more specific on my 850. It is a 1979 Super Real 850, not a Mint Collection Series. The maple top on my 1982 EG59-120 is not veneer, but solid maple and it has a long tenon neck joint. I'll take pictures next time I clean her up!
 

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Thanks for clarifying that, but there are still some odd things about the model numbers for your guitars.

A 1979 EGF-850 should still have a veneer maple top and the plaintop Greco on the previous page looks to have a 1982 or later headstock.
For the flametop, it would be an EG60-150 or 180 if the top is solid. It looks to have been refretted though. Would love to see more pictures of the headstock of that one if you have time and would like to share as it is a super-rare model.
 

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Here are some more pics of the Greco 850s that I have. I took pictures of the back also, so you can see one (the flame top) is a 1980 and the other is a 1982. The 1982 has had the tuners changed to Grovers - it is the plain top. The 1980 is original, but both have had fret replacements. And both have different neck profiles! The early one is more like a chunky 57 style profile while the 82 is a bit slimmer. Thanks for the input and sorry for the confusion. I think I need one more...

1982
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1980
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