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Aria Pro II LP Vs Greco EG500
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blux
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 9:11 am    Post subject: Aria Pro II LP Vs Greco EG500 Reply with quote

I know this has been asked before, as I have searched, bt a real good explanation was not given..

From what I have read, aria made a better copy in the late 70s early 80s. AND the Greco EG500 is an entry level model...

The ones I am looking at:

The greco is in rough shape, its missing some finish on the bottom part of the neck, kind of by the joint, with the usual wear for being a 79.

The Aria is in much better shape, but still has the dings and nicks and scratches from being a 79 as well...

What one would you go for?
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blux
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe the Yamaha E-Z guitar, you know the one with no strings and lights that go on to show you where to put your fingers on the " fretboard " is a better choice for you impatient types.
Just got up and saw the thread, not everyone on the site lives in the same city, county, province, state, prefecture, time zone, country, continent or hemisphere... is there an expiry date on responding?
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You wake up on the wrong side of the bed or somthing?

You should take a chill pill man!

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blux,this is a Tokai related site mainly so you could consider you're in the wrong place.If you have no informative answers maybe you would consider nobody knows a thing about what you're asking

This is a slow answer forum,sorry.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you can wait for weeks and get no answers here. This aint Harmony Central.

Which one plays better? If the Aria is an exact copy of the Paul I might go for that one. They came out with a whole mess of different ones after that though; the ones with the slightly incorrect body style, which could alter drastically including woods used.

Basically I think that both guitars at the time of original sale were around the same price range. Which one do you like better?
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he waited a whole 6 hours before complaining.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know, but if he's used to HC speed that's a lifetime. Plus, it's better to forgive than to be forgiven.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah sorry guys....


An auction was ending soon....


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Thanks for the replies though!!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I recall, Aria were not highly rated in 1970?s, and Greco was unknown at the time (as indeed were Tokai). If you wanted a good LP copy in 70?s you bought an Ibanez or Yamaha, unfortunately those two have become quite expensive now (ie vintage examples). If I were buying today, and assuming Gibson LP is too much $$$, then obviously I?d go for an early 80?s Tokai, or Gibson LP Junior (I?m happy with P90?s), just my 2cents of course.

Yep, answers come much faster on HC, only trouble is the answer?s usually complete crap. At least it?s worth the wait here .

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

most of us here are the strong silent type.
I own 3 late 70s Greco strats and they are real nice guitars... the 500 levers are not their best examples...I have a 600 and two 800 series which are the better oones of mine. Aria did make some nice guitars, there have been several good examples on Yahoo Japan recently that I was tempted to bid on but they went too high. Just as with Greco, the higher the series the better the guitar, I`ve seen 450 and 500 series Greco Lesters with pancake bodies.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sneakyjapan wrote:
I`ve seen 450 and 500 series Greco Lesters with pancake bodies.


No kidding? I've never heard of pancake bodied Grecos.

I own a pancake 77 Gibson Deluxe and like it very much. On the Les Paul Forum there are many pancake enthusiasts. One man's trash is another man's treasure I guess...
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a pancake EG 550. It's a very strange guitar with a bolt on ebony fretboard neck. It's very heavy but sounds really nice. Not a collectible for sure .
An amazing mix of deluxe stuff ( ebony fretboard and really nnice perloid inlays) and cheap features ( bolt on neck for a Les Paul). Weird!

I'm not a big Les Paul entusiast usually ( I mostly like strat and firebirds). but My EG-800 Greco "super real" goldtop (p-90) is really the best Les Paul I'v ever played on. As much as I can tell Greco can offer real cheap guitars or the top of the top. All my best guitars are some Grecos built between 79 and 82.

I agree with sneakyjapan: Greco Strats from the late 70's are amazing! My Tokai silver star is nice but really can't compete with my spacey sound.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not calling pancakes trash...in fact I don`t own one. It just seems they did this with their lower end models...I can`t see it being any worse than a 2 piece body stuck together side by side...or am I wrong?
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a '77 EG-800 3 pickups with a pancake body( 3 pieces body a la Norlin Gibsons),you can see when you take plastic plate in the backk off;if you see carefully at the side you'll see the wood,you can see inside pickups selector too(unscrewing back plastic plate).Heavy guitar(about 4,7 kg),nice neck.I'd never buy a Greco below EG-600,not good guitar at all for me.I prefer Tokai and Burny over Greco,I feel them more solid and accurate guitars.
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