My 1987 Greco Mint EGC...

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I got as far as posting this on eBay for sale but pulled it...I think I'll keep it a little longer...

Made in June 1987, EGC 68 50, weighs around 10 pounds, all original except for tailpiece, truss rod cover and poker chip...Pick guard is missing.

Pickups are factory original Screamin'.

A few small dings and chips, but no problems and it plays very well. I once had a '74 LP Custom that looked just like this one, but had Fretless Wonder frets and developed a body crack along the pancake seam on the top bout...This is as close as I can afford to get these days, but it's not far off and in some ways a little better...
 

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Must show beautiful headstock inlay in future...:thumb:I prefer it to a split diamond
 

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Must show beautiful headstock inlay in future...:thumb:I prefer it to a split diamond
Well, OK, then...

Headstock from both sides...the famous"Open O" Greco Mint Collection Flowerpot...Original tuners...and The Volute!

IRL, the color looks like custard pudding...VERY nice!
 

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Nice! Mine is from September '87 and I think it's an EGC '68-60 according to the ''600'' sticker in the back of the headstock! Unfortunately I never found an '87 catalogue!





 

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Two great looking pauls. Poly finish on those guys right?
 

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Nice! Mine is from September '87 and I think it's an EGC '68-60 according to the ''600'' sticker in the back of the headstock! Unfortunately I never found an '87 catalogue!









Vonserke - here's some of a 1987 Greco catalog...

1987 Greco guitar catalog - Google Search



and this info on the 68-50, later named the 600 - same guitar, probably why they put the sticker on it...

http://forum.japanaxe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1389

Great players, very well made.
Great pics...thank you!
 

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Thanks Mark! I think I must rephrase! ''Unfortunately I never found an '87 catalogue showing an EGC 68-60''. The only EGC that I found was a 50!

 

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Hey, I just bought one of these "blind" on ebay - serial F870631 - covered PUs & black top hats. Any consensus on the model number of these? Would you say the neck was chunky 50s or slimmer 60s? How does it sound compared to a "real" custom? Was this a high end Greco model? I guess I'll have all the answers when it arrives next week, but I just can't wait!
 

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Depends on which model you got. My bandmate has an EGC68-50, which is the lower-end model, and has a rosewood fingerboard, Screamin' pickups, and top hats like you describe. I'd say it has a more '60s feeling neck. It plays and sounds great, very biting and punchy. I think this is coming in large part from the ceramic pickups and the maple top (original LP Customs had mahogany tops).

There were also higher end Mint Collection Customs. The EGC68-80 had an ebony fingerboard, mother of pearl inlays, fret edge binding, and a nitro finish, making it very very close to a Gibson in specs. One of those sold recently in the classifieds here for a jaw-droppingly low $800.
 

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A 68-80 is one of the best bang-for-buck guitars around. The Violin Burst is the best colour combo IMHO, pups and caps can be swapped to taste if required. Tends towards bright with the ebony board(on '82-'84 models only), but can be worked around :naughty:
 

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Ahhh, makes me wish I'd held out for a 68-80, I love ebony boards! I would say it's probably the 68-50 then as it's rosewood & poly finish. It's white & almost identical to the guitars pictured at the top of this page, with the "600" sticker back of the headstock. Pretty good price though, £400 GBP inc shipping (around $630 US)
 

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Fingerboard wood aside, if it's anything like my buddy's, it should be a great guitar. Congrats.
 

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That is a very nice one! Thank you for showing it to us.
 

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There were also higher end Mint Collection Customs. The EGC68-80 had an ebony fingerboard, mother of pearl inlays, fret edge binding, and a nitro finish, making it very very close to a Gibson in specs. One of those sold recently in the classifieds here for a jaw-droppingly low $800.

I have an 82 on the way with the violin finish. The 80s / 800s have the Double Trick pickups. Other differences are fatter neck, nitro finish, nibs and ebony fretboard during 80-82. The super real 68-80s represent a cool model since they have nitro, no veneer and long tenon. I just wish they originally came with Dry-Zs.

 

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Oh, that nitro finish is nice. I have a hand made maple cap guitar, nitro finish looks very similar to this. There's a 1980 EGC 800 on ebay right now, stunning but more than double what I paid for the white 68-50
 

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I got this once a couple of weeks ago, right before we packed up and moved across town. It is an EC57-60 from 1982 with the triple pickups, no volute and an all-mahogany body. Some people love the Burny customs but I prefer the Grecos.
 




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