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1973 Greco FV500 & FV900 specs

 
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Russian Vadim
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: 1973 Greco FV500 & FV900 specs Reply with quote

Hi gang! Does anybody know the specs for these V replicas?



Also what's your opinion on this FV?












I'm thinking it's a modded FV500. The seller says the pickups are Dry Z. Weren't only hi-end models being equipped with Dry Z's?

A couple of Medallion replicas (FV900s) also seem to have a 2piece body while this supposedly FV500 definitely has a 1piece body.

Also what are the specs of FV600 and when they were produced? Are all of them (FV500, 600, 900) finished in poly?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That one was built June of 1978
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sigmania wrote:
That one was built June of 1978


Thanks! But can you elaborate as far as the specs go judging by the pics? What finish, what model is that?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a FV600WR model. In 1978, FV900 model is the '58 replica (the "Korina" looking model).

Pickups were originaly the U-1000 models (and on the FV900, they were the U-2000).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

le juge wrote:
It's a FV600WR model. In 1978, FV900 model is the '58 replica (the "Korina" looking model).

Pickups were originaly the U-1000 models (and on the FV900, they were the U-2000).


So was only FV900 at any given year finished in nitro? And also why does a '73 FV900 Medallion looks to be two-piece body while this FV600WR looks like a one-piece?

How did you manage to date it? Is there a database with Greco models and serial numbers somewhere? All I've found was a couple catalogs in Japanese.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vadim, Fujigen guitars from this period are dated by the serial number. First letter is the month followed by 2 digits for the production year.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Russian Vadim wrote:
le juge wrote:
It's a FV600WR model. In 1978, FV900 model is the '58 replica (the "Korina" looking model).

Pickups were originaly the U-1000 models (and on the FV900, they were the U-2000).


So was only FV900 at any given year finished in nitro? And also why does a '73 FV900 Medallion looks to be two-piece body while this FV600WR looks like a one-piece?

How did you manage to date it? Is there a database with Greco models and serial numbers somewhere? All I've found was a couple catalogs in Japanese.


According to the price and the model, body should be a 2 or 3 pieces with a polyurethan finish.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for answers, guys. Although it's like you're teasing me with little bits so I will go ahead and ask what I'm after:

1) Were '71 Gibson Medallion Flying V replicas which in the '73 Greco catalog go by the model number FV900 finished in nitro? Also What pickups had they had?

2) that '78 FV600 has a Sapele (African Mahogany), right?

P.S. Maybe my eyes deceive me but this looks an awful lot a one-piece body. Or is it like a '78 FV900 Korina - that has this sort of pancake body where the pieces are glued on top of one another (see the bottom pic)?





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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's difficult to see the seam lines on the back. Sometimes, the grain of the wood is the same but if you can check the egdes, you can easily see a seam.

Because of the shape of the body, the Vs are often 2 pieces or 3 pieces body.
The late 70's greco are multi-pieces body.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

le juge wrote:
It's difficult to see the seam lines on the back. Sometimes, the grain of the wood is the same but if you can check the egdes, you can easily see a seam.

Because of the shape of the body, the Vs are often 2 pieces or 3 pieces body.
The late 70's greco are multi-pieces body.


Yep, I've looked closed at another pic of that '78 FV600 and yep it's definitely not a 1-piece.

But what about '73-74 FV900 which is a replica of a 1971 Gibson Medallion Flying V? Nitro or poly? As far as the body it looks like a 2-piece but at certain angles looks even like a 3-piece.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone had one? FV900 - a Medallion replica?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd give anything to have one!
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