Yeah, it’s funny. The body has a big route for the tenon but there’s no actual tenon. My guess is they were transitioning out of the long tenon at that point in time and still had bodies routed for themI'd guess solid top mainly due to it being a non-flame burst. It's kinda hard to tell with your pictures but it looks like the centre line follows goes down into the cavity on the 2 piece top. That tenon route really delves deeply into the cavity as well. Nice MC !!
My opinion is that the long tenon makes no difference in tone or resonance. However, I do view it as an indicator of quality construction/attention to detail and therefore desirability. I was aware of the neck join before buying this guitar and it did not deter me. I've owned long tenon historics that were total flops acoustically as well as several cheaper LPs with no tenon that were notably more resonant and louder acoustically. It really just seems like some pieces of wood are alive and others arent, and going high end is not necessarily going to get you a livelier slab of wood. That said, so far this is the 3rd lawsuit guitar I've owned and all three have been great.It's possible that it's a veneered surface on a thick top -- the pictures are unclear because they do show a lip but it's likely just excess paint. You could easily scrape through and check. Too bad about the tenon. People talk all the time about the supposed superiority of build in Japanese copies, and a longer tenon would be desirable.
It sounds like Gibson is primed for a few more of those based on the new "we're watching you" video. I've never actually looked into the litigation, I just think of these as the years where Japanese manufacturers were getting so close to 50s Gibson specs Gibson must have been intimidated.Totally agree about the tenon.
It is just a superior joint regarding surface to surface adhesion and strength but how many non tenon guitars have we seen come unglued?
Few if any.
Greco wasn't a lawsuit guitar BTW, just Ibanez but that lawsuit never even happened so more like a failed litigation lol.