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japanstrat
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.mijguitar.com/Templates/Guitar%20Body%20Woods.htm
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brokentoes
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject: Thank-You Reply with quote

Thank - You Japanstrat for the information on wood types, I generally play gibson style guitars and I know the woods involved, I saw this old beauty one day and just fell in love with it, i'm sure you know what that's like ,and really enjoying it's lovely tones, it is fairly old, i am only 9 years older and the craftmanship on it is second to none they put it together very well and my curiousity on it's specs were kind of driving me mad, the whole guitar weighs in at just 7 pounds and 5.8 oz so i'm guessing it's either Sen or swamp ash, i'm leaning towards the Sen because i figure it was more abundant and local to them also i think the wood grain matches better. It's very light and it has a huge groove on the back top which makes it extremely comfortable for me to play. it's an absolute joy !!! It's a little getting used to the fender sized frets but not as much as i thought.

Again thanks for your time Bud --- Rock on !!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it looks like Sen to me. It looks similar to the 1970s Ibanez and Greco Destroyers which were Sen.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Greco Hari - Gari Strat Reply with quote

Thanks again Japanstrat, I just found out that Sen is a member of the ginsing/ivy family of trees and is referred to in Japan ofton as "Hari - Gari, Learn something new every day, in the end I wouldn't care if it was made out of left over zero fighter aircraft wings from the War or plywood, it sounds awesome !!!! I guess 30 years of aging hasn't hurt the tone or the colouring either.......I can only imagine what a Tokai version must sound like as I would think they are as good or possibly superior depending on the guitar.

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johnny lejga
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello!
I'm buying a greco on e-bay. The only thing that anoys me, is that there is no serial number given. The model is EG-800 Les Paul, and the seller says it is 1974 or 1975 model. So is it possible that this model is original with no serial number?
I'm a newbie, so pls help... Tnx
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnny lejga wrote:
Hello!
I'm buying a greco on e-bay. The only thing that anoys me, is that there is no serial number given. The model is EG-800 Les Paul, and the seller says it is 1974 or 1975 model. So is it possible that this model is original with no serial number?
I'm a newbie, so pls help... Tnx


With Japanese guitars anythings possible Can you post a any pics or a link to the auction and we might be able to help.
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johnny lejga
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With Japanese guitars anythings possible Can you post a any pics or a link to the auction and we might be able to help.


http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Fujigen-made-Greco-EG-800-Lespaul-custom-H-Case_W0QQitemZ110316307774QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item110316307774&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318#ebayphotohosting

Tnx for fast reply
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnny

Well it's go me stumped!! but we have a few Greco experts here on the forum, I'm sure one will help out. The has all the markings on a '70's Greco, but all the one's I've seen have had serial numbers. Also, if you look at the bridge posts how they go into metal bushings rather than straight in to the wood, this is a feature I've only seen on later Korean/chinese models.
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johnny lejga
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA

Tnx for your help... Also i read somewhere here that Grecos till '75 were bolt-on necks, this one isn't + it's in too good condition for a 30+ years old guitar. I'l keep on looking for another one
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnny lejga wrote:
JohnA

Tnx for your help... Also i read somewhere here that Grecos till '75 were bolt-on necks, this one isn't + it's in too good condition for a 30+ years old guitar. I'l keep on looking for another one


Johnny, I have 30 year old guitars in mint condition, and 3 year old guitars that are anything but!!

I think keeping looking is a good idea though, if you want a really nice Greco Les Paul I would get a 1980 or newer one, some of the older ones are a bit duff!! Of course there are sure to be some good ones, but >1980 is a safer bet!

The mint collection guitars, even the ones from the late '80's are fantastic players and great value too, older isn't always better
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas were made by FujiGen Gakki. Some Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas starting from around 1988 had no serial numbers. The lower priced no serial number Greco Les Paul and SG models were made by Cor-Tek (Cort) and usually have Cor-Tek (Cort) potentiometers. The Cor-Tek made Greco guitars have square shaped, brick like nuts with no slope and also often have shielding paint in the pickup and control cavities. Other higher priced no serial Greco Les Paul and SG models were made by Tōkai and the Les Paul models have a EG-75 or EGC-75 model number stamped in the pickup cavity and sometimes have fret edge binding. The no serial Greco guitars made by Tokai have square shaped routing holes at the bottom of the pickup cavities whereas the no serial Greco guitars made by Cor-Tek (Cort) have thinner rectangle shaped routing holes at the bottom of the pickup cavities. Kanda Shokai stopped using the open book headstock design on Greco Gibson replica models around the early 1990s and then concentrated on their other model lines and Fender Japan.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Which Model is it? Reply with quote

Got an offer for this guitar:

http://www.pictureupload.de/originals/pictures/111110201912_Foto_2.jpg

http://www.pictureupload.de/originals/pictures/111110202017_Foto_3.jpg

Can you tell me the model? Thw owner told me it's a 82 model with long neck...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 things we need to know.

1- serial number on the back of the headstock (if there is one)
2- name on the bottom of the pick ups.

Pictures tell a thousand words...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey,

i don't know whats on the bottom of the pu's but the serial no. is 28527. I just have 3 pics. The 2 here and on of the body again, without neck.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anybody?

it's really urgent!

does anybody know the diamond inlay? searched the web, haven't seen ONE other greco with this inlay! really need held with that.
don't have any further pictures...
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