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One last score - 1975 Greco Tele Deluxe

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:07 pm    Post subject: One last score - 1975 Greco Tele Deluxe Reply with quote

Well, it's no shorty, but this one was the "I'm done unless I find ..." a Greco Tele Deluxe copy. I think this is 1975, pre serial numers, special order Fujigen with natural finish and no belly cut. Haven't been able to plug it in because my amps are in storage, but the neck has that full chunky profile I like and it seems to be good looking.







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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So nice, I love how the wide range pickups have Greco stamped on them. Do you know if they're modeled after the originals unlike the Fender reissues?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's cool indeed - of course these guys ended up being Fender Japan so there's a pretty solid quality level.
The pickups look like Maxon type 2 - I had them in a Greco Thinline one time, not a true WRHB because the polepieces are metal, just a standard humbucker arrangement but they sound great. Not that I can play it until I retrieve an amp from storage, bought a Pathfinder 15 the other week which is ridiculously good for a SS practice amp.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, I like those big ass cavities. How heavy is it?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No scale here, but it's Jazzmaster hefty ...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well hefty means more toanz Very Happy
I played two swamp strats and one of them was heavy as a couple of bricks while the other was light as a feather
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot you were in Hobart. I was there a year ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greco wrote:
ORDER MADE.


That's a beauty - well done.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

outstanding find
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: One last score - 1975 Greco Tele Deluxe Reply with quote

Wow! looks cool next to Gabriel's guitar.



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait do you think mine might be a copy?!?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MatthewK wrote:
wait do you think mine might be a copy?!?


Lol,no. The Greco doesn't have the bullet truss rod nut like yours.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or the three bolt neckplate. Phew.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MatthewK wrote:
Or the three bolt neckplate. Phew.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
So nice, I love how the wide range pickups have Greco stamped on them.


Yeah, makes 'em look like REAL Gibsons.



Incidentally, I suspect the Greco WRHBs are pretty close to the Japanese reissues... like, where Fender Japan looked to when it was time for a reissue. That was certainly the case with MIJ Mustang hardware, which had previously appeared on faithful Mustang copies branded Greco (and many other brands, including Fernandes)

http://www.shortscale.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=35746
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm 99.9% sure they are standard humbucker construction, but they do have a brassy brightness which sounds pretty great. Or at least they did on my 76 Spacey Sounds thinline, now departed. I can't hear this one yet because my amps are in storage from moving house, aargh.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe Fender so comprehensively ripped this guitar off in the other thread.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lawsuit to come, now that Shortscale has uncovered the TRUTH.
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