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nickname009 07/09/2011

Greco EG500 : Recensione di nickname009 (content in English)

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I believe this model was made in Japan. I can't be completely sure however the quality of this guitar is still quite good.

It's a LP custom copy, this one I bought used and had the pickups changed a few times.

Specs:

Mahogany body and neck
Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
Binding on the neck and body like a LP custom
set neck
Tune-0-matic and stop tailpiece
2 vol, 2 tones and a 3 way switch
gold hardware
open coil pickups



UTILIZATION

Like any other LP, moderate weight, and not super comfortable as it has no contours anywhere. The binding is of course on the neck, front and back of the body as well as the headstock. It's got the gibson diamond inlay on the headstock just like a real one. You probably wouldn't even be able to tell this was a greco from the 4th row, but that's not why I bought it!

The set neck is always good, though the upper fret access is just the same, difficult for most players.

If you've played LPs before, and trust me, I have played MANY, then you'll know the drill and the workarounds and how to get about playing this guitar the way they are.


SOUNDS

To be completely honest, since I bought this used I have no idea what the pickups in them were and I didn't even care, I knew they were generic and immediately swapped them out. They might have been after market seymour duncans. However I eventually replaced the bridge pickup with a bill lawrence L500Xl pickup and put a duncan '59 in the neck.

This is a great combo for such a warm sounding guitar like a LP. The brightness of the lawrence pickup is balanced sounding and has more than enough gain to accomplish any type of genre. The '59 is the original PAF styled pickup with a bit more gain and low mids, yet is very clean and sounds great for soloing or for cleans!

So for the sounds I can't really fairly comment on it as I don't even remember how it sounded stock and what the stock pickups were, but with the aftermarket pickups they were great! I saw no need to get real gibson!

OVERALL OPINION

I've owned many different types of LPs from many different manufacturers and I seldom keep buying one and flipping it, and buying another one etc. It's a vicious cycle, why do I do this? I don't know myself really, I love the look of it but just can't seem to be happy with the way they play, maybe they're too uncomfortable for me?

Anyway, the Greco LP definitely did the job. I would be completely happy with it and not needing a 'real gibson'. As if gibsons are good anyway? They're generally not, and usually overpriced in my opinion. The MIJ copies have always been amazing, in fact I remember a time in the 80s when MIJ everything was outselling the american stuff cause it was just better!