I've only received one Greco so far. I bought it knowing nothing about them except by reputation, and wanted to try one out. On the basis of that one guitar, I've gone on a bit of a spree and now have another 4 of them on the way. Including, at last, what I hope will definitely turn out to be a genuine Mint Collection Standard (thank you Wulfman, for the i.d. of it before I bid!). The last month has been a steep learning curve for me about Greco lore.Name recognition probably. Most of the Maxon pickups though are wonderful.
I really enjoyed your youtube vdo, it's great entertainment. I've subscribed to your channel.I had not. Good stuff. I just did an intro video for the Greco vs the Epi 59 test. Part one featured the Greco and its U1000 pups.
Infected ... seriously infected.Gooba gobba one of us, one of us!
Wulfman, may I ask, do you know who is this "JK" who authored this blog https://jk-guitars.jimdofree.com/? It's a mine of accurate information.I think it was sometime around then. I know I had ceramic mags in the pickups in EG-500s I’ve had from 1980 which had U-1000s.
I don’t know who it is. Good information there for sure though on the history of Japanese guitars.
Obviously I have no expertise whatsoever in pickup winding but I have wondered if most of the Maxon pickups are pretty much the same but with different magnets. And perhaps some name changes from the 70s to the Super Real series.
My view is probably too simplistic because of my lack of knowledge ,and I'm not willing to actually start unwinding my pickups The most I've done to them is clean them up and look at magnets or send magnets to someone.
And yes, that is a great resource. I bookmarked it a couple of years ago when I came across it.
What Greco models do you now have? And which gets played the most?
Currently I only have a few Grecos although pickups are kind of all over the place lol
For example I have a 1991 FA 95 but it was in a shambles when I bought it. Everything in or on it has been changed except the body and neck! New frets, nut, hardwarre, plastics, electronics. I didn't know at first for sure what the pickups were and they were pretty scary. Everything metal was heavily corroded. They were set aside for awhile as a nice person here gave me some BK Stormy Mondays for it. Later I determined they were Dry 82s (although a late version of them). And once I had the pickups all cleaned up with new covers and screws too they moved into the 1982 ECG 500.
So another Greco is the 1982 EGC 500. That's the one that came with the mystery pickups that might be made out of whatever was laying around before Greco switched to Fujigen made pickups. All I can tell you about it's original pickups is that htey have alnico 2 magnets instead of ceramic and the odd line 8 production code. That guitar came originally too with 300k volume pots and 100k tone pots. So I have yet to hear these pickups in a better wiring harness. While the magnets were out I had put the Drys into the guitar and they sound fantastic in it so they will stay. Eventually I'm sure I'll use the original pups in something.
1989 Greco SS63-60S with the Hot Licks p90s. Very nice P90s and no need to change those!
1977 Greco SA 900 Project Series. The original U-4000 are still in it and I like them very much.
I've also owned a 1983 57-60, a 1990 EG600C/68-60 (transition time so model number is ?) and the late 80s Cort black beauty.
I found a set of Dry Zs in the 57-60 when it arrived and they currently reside in one of the Bacchus Classic Series BLPs. And my mid 80s Burny RLG 90 showed up with 1976 S stamped Maxons (U-1000s basically I believe) and they still live in that guitar.
That's pretty varied! Nothing with Screamin' in them?
I've invested in a couple more '77 and '78s, Standards this time, but they're still on their way to me. And what I hope is finally a Fujigen Mint Std. But it's a lottery what pickups they'll have in them. A bit like pulling a Christmas cracker, I suppose.
Ok, but to add to the fun: all the PU pickups got changed from alnico to ceramic magnets in Nov 1978, at the same time as the U1000s changed (due to a global cobalt shortage). However ... PUs did get changed back to alnico again during the pre-SuperReal era (1980-ish?), whereas the U1000s remained ceramic until they were phased out.I've been told U-4000s are essentially the same pickup as PU-2s. That adds to my theory that names changed when the Super Real series began.
Ok, but to add to the fun: all the PU pickups got changed from alnico to ceramic magnets in Nov 1978, at the same time as the U1000s changed (due to a global cobalt shortage). However ... PUs did get changed back to alnico again during the pre-SuperReal era (1980-ish?), whereas the U1000s remained ceramic until they were phased out.