Help Identifying Greco Custom/ Model Numbers

Da_

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Hey there, I'm currently trying to wrap my head around Greco Model numbers, and trying to ID a few that are up for sale.

I understand the lower the number, the lower the specs and the price it originally sold for in yen.
Something I am trying to understand and figure out is the difference between, for example an EGC68-50, and a EGC500. I have seen LP Customs built in the same years, advertised under both these model numbers. Do people just use these interchangeably, or are they a different model with different specs?

One of the guitars I have seen is this one below. From what I have read, I think it is an EGC68-50 from1985. Mainly because of the rosewood board. However the font of the serial number also looks different to what I have seen before, has anyone ever seen this before?

Any help on IDing the guitar, general info, and answering the other questions would be greatly appreciated, thanks
 

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There was a few different serial fonts. If it has a serial number then it was Made In Japan. The model numbers like EGC68-50, and a EGC500 seem to be interchangeable. That one in your pic i'd peg as a 500 series as well. 1985. L = December
 

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For some reason both Greco and Tokai had some strange looking serial numbers in 1985, which is what yours is.

EGC500 and EG500C were the before and after Mint Collection model numbers I think, where EGC68-50 were the Mint Collection years (approx 1982 to 1989) although there is some overlap as well. I have a 1982 but the construction was still Super Real era so I call it an EG500C. And I had a 1990 so that one I called an EGC600.

Also due to inflation the 500s/50s became 600s/60s.
 

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Thanks for the help clarifying guys. The bids for this one are still quite low, so after clarifying what it is, it could be worth me keeping an eye on.
 

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Heres another one I've seen. If anyone has any idea what it might be, I would appreciate your help.

It looks like it has no serial number, but it also has fret binding nibs, so could it possibly be a MIJ built by Tokai? From what I can see, the nut doesn't look like the more square MIK nuts, and I also believe only japanese Grecos had this shape truss rod cover?
Could it possibly be nitro, if it is higher end because of the fret binding?

Thanks for your help guys.
 

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That is a Tokai made LP. Late 80's. Nice guitars. No volute on the neck compared to the Fujigen and Terada-made guitars.
 


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