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1978 EG-500

 
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jy3
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: 1978 EG-500 Reply with quote

Hello All,

Just picked up this EG-500, and was wondering how to identify where it was manufactured. Also how to determine if it's chambered or not. What's the weight difference?
Here's some pics.
Thanks.
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brokentoes
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tap on the guitar with your knuckles on the top near the bridge and a few other spots, if it's hollow there will be a noticeable change in sound. You could also take a pup out and look inside if the tap test doesn't work.

Nice axe, Congrats
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jy3
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brokentoes wrote:
Tap on the guitar with your knuckles on the top near the bridge and a few other spots, if it's hollow there will be a noticeable change in sound. You could also take a pup out and look inside if the tap test doesn't work.

Nice axe, Congrats


Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fujigen were the main Greco factory during the the period that was made, January 1978. They didn't chamber guitars but the cheaper ones were hollow bodies with a plywood top. Just look in the cavities and it'll be obvious if it's a plywood topped one.
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jy3
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LPjunior wrote:
Fujigen were the main Greco factory during the the period that was made, January 1978. They didn't chamber guitars but the cheaper ones were hollow bodies with a plywood top. Just look in the cavities and it'll be obvious if it's a plywood topped one.


Not sure what I'm looking for. Here's a pic from the control cavity:

I've been so blown away by how well this guitar plays, that I've been playing it exclusively. It blows away my 2000 USA Studio by far,
and it's just another animal compared to my USA Strat's and Tele's.

I did weigh it though, and it's almost 10lbs(9.75lbs).

Happy New Year!!
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LPjunior
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a plywood top from the photo, if you look in the pup cavities it should be clearer for to you.

I've a cheap Japanese Yamaha SG copy with a plywood top and it's one of my favourites, sounds good to my ear even though it's plywood topped too.

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jy3
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LPjunior wrote:
Looks like a plywood top from the photo, if you look in the pup cavities it should be clearer for to you.

I've a cheap Japanese Yamaha SG copy with a plywood top and it's one of my favourites, sounds good to my ear even though it's plywood topped too.


I pulled the neck pup; it's a plywood top. Still can't believe how well it plays(and sounds great too)!

Were all the EG-500's of this era plywood tops?
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LPjunior
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure of the dates but think the 77 and 78 EG500's, there are a lot of catalogue scans on the net that should show the specs. In 79 they started the Super Real/Super Powers and the lower end 500's were solid bodies as far as I can tell. They were doing the 380's and 480 bolt ons in that period so the 500's weren' the bootom of their range at the time
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dombat
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LPjunior wrote:
They were doing the 380's and 480 bolt ons in that period so the 500's weren' the bootom of their range at the time


May be the 380 was bolt on, but not the 450 (plain) and 480 (flamed) which were set neck semi hollow top, as is my '80 EG480
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jy3
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which years/model EG's or LP copies are the most accurate in terms of build quality and play-ability?
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LPjunior
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Playability is a bit subjective as so much depends on what weights and neck profile you'll like best. The Super Real era 1979-1982 is generally considered when Greco where at the top of their game. I think the main Japanese manufacturers have always had high standards when it comes to build quality with even the mid range guitars being well built so quality wise do a little homework and you should always be able to get a well made MIJ.

I'm sure the Japanese turned out a load of lower junk guitars also but stick to the main factories and there's so much info out there you should always be abe to get a decently made and playing MIJ for a fraction of a Gibson.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Yahoo Auctions Japan Reply with quote

Caught the bug at this point. So I've been scouring the Japanese auctions.

Also wondering what upgrades are worth doing to the EG-500?
Wiring, pup's?

I've already had to replace an intermittently faulty input jack.
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