NGD Incoming - Greco Violin Burst

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  1. manco53

    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    Been a while....hope everyone is doing well! Trying to follow along the @toomanycats saga but I need to find the beginning. I’ve also got to get going on some of these stale guitars I’ve got sitting around and move them to a new home! Especially after this purchase, with which hopefully puts in my hands a guitar I can call my own, my own unique calling card, if you will. Obviously it’s a far cry, but something to the like’s of Jimmy Page’s #1, Slash’s Derrig, Adam Jones’ Silverburst Custom. Alas my ego will not rest until I have my own Les Paul to call, well....mine!! Lol

    It’s on its way from Mother Russia. Not sure when it will hit the shores of the USA. But I have some plans for this one! I already purchased an SD Super Distortion (no pup cover) for the bridge, and an antiqued gold SD Whole Lotta Humbucker (bridge) for the neck, which I will install with the bobbins towards the bridge, to get some Peter Green/Page tones. I may replace the electronics as well. I’m going to put a poker chip on it and maybe even the black pickguard.

    I’ve been eyeing these for quite some time and it seems quite a few have rosewood fretboards. I’m happy this has ebony, like a true LP custom. Supposedly it weighs 4.5 kg (somewhere around 10 lbs). It should have some sweet vintage mojo kicking around. More pics when she arrives!
     
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    That looks awesome!
    I am too scared to order from Russia, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
     
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    Nice older Greco! I feel the same as @mighty_duck about ordering internationally, but Reverb is great with the customer service so as long as you paid some way that protects you a bit (aka Paypal) and the seller has decent ratings you should be just fine. A lot of these Russian stores are totally legit and for some reason they seem to always have the rare cool MIJ stuff that doesn't make its way here to the states (Aria, Burny, Greco, ESP, etc). Let us know how things go!
     
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    I’m terrified, to say the least. The seller has good ratings.

    I was also terrified to order one from Japan as well. So yes, fingers crossed!
     
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    Good news, the guitar arrived mid week last week, and in one piece thankfully. I think USPS tried to deliver to my office Tuesday, but I ended up picking it up from the post office Wednesday.

    I didn’t do much with it all week because I had a set of pickups I wanted to drop in which I didn’t get to til last night. The pickups in the guitar weren’t originals. I think these guitars had Maxton pickups? Supposedly they were pretty good. The pickups I pulled out have RR logos in the middle on the bobbins, I’ll get a pic soon. I’ve never seen them before.

    Anyhoo, I found a Whole Lotta Humbucker (bridge) in gold that I dropped in the neck and a Duncan Distortion, black bobbins, for the bridge. I think they sound fantastic. The wiring on the guitar looks great and it has huge orange caps.

    This guitar sounds terrific, weighs in just under 9 lbs. It definitely has some wear, but the top is in great condition. I also need to get a truss rod cover, which I’m going to also adorn with this weird Russian coin looking thing that was on the back of the rear strap button, maybe a strap lock type of thing. Either way, I need to repurpose it and I think on the headstock would be ideal.

    Onto some pics!!
     
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    Arrival
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    Meeting the family....added a poker chip and a cream switch tip.
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    Maybe the pickups have GR or RG?? Idfk
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    And after pickup swap and cleaning

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    Here’s the weird Russian washer/token

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    that finish is great. how's it compare to your other LPs?
     
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    Killer guitar. Lots of mojo! Those old Greco's are killer guitars, and that one is one of the higher end ones.
    I have a 1977 Greco EG900, and I think it is every bit as good as any real Les Paul I have owned.
    Congrats
     
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    Beautiful, and the aged look adds to it's beauty.
    I've had no problems ordering from Russia or Japan. However, they usually are very firm on their prices and won't negotiate.
     
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    If you ever want to get rid of it......let me know. LOL
     
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    I’m not sure I’ve plugged in a guitar and said, “this is the one” without changing anything. I’d say the closest I’ve come is my AL3100 Silverburst. That guitar is magic. Granted I ended up changing pretty much everything on it except the nut.....but it’s probably the best guitar I own value wise.

    This guitar has some serious mojo. I’m still working on dialing it in. I’ve got some very rattley strings, thinking it may need a refret unfortunately. But I did purchase this in an effort to find “my” guitar. I think I’m onto something though.

    So to answer your question, I need a month or so to fully put it through it’s paces.
     
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    Looks to me like it says gB, gR or gK on those pickups.
    Nice, hngd!
     
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    Jury is in...

    GK

    Never heard of them

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    Nice!
    If that guitar could talk, I'm sure it would have some interesting things to say. Born in Japan, raised in the Gulag, now defecting to the Capitalists as a double agent. It's seen more of the world than most of us will ever do. Need to pitch this story to network TV.

    HNGD!
     
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    just fyi, that's a japanese coin - 5 yen

    cool guitar! mojorific. love the finish
     
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    Yes!!! Thank you, @zisme! It’s going to be incorporated somehow into naming this guitar. The writing looked Russian....just goes to show you studying Okinawan karate for 27 years hasn’t learned me all that much! Lol
     
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