We love Greco guitars here and I’ve written plenty of blogs about them if you’re interested but I haven’t really touched on the Korean made ones so since this one is ready to head to shop I thought I’d do a quick blog to let you know what the differences are and how that effects the final instrument. I’ll get this out of the way now so as not to confuse things, I’m actually a fan of some Korean made guitars and I’ve owned and sold many Korean made guitars that were of course mostly made by two factories who made for many different names and brands, and quality depending on those names. Samick and Cort are the two big Korean manufacturers who took over excess production from Japan as markets for cheaper guitars opened up. Both Samick and Cort had been manufacturing instruments for many years and both companies set up factories in places like Indonesia and China as more budget production needed to be met. While both companies had been around since about , Cort didn’t start guitar production until around with their own brand guitars hitting the market around ’82 and was the main factory Greco contracted to make guitars in the late 80’s. The Cort factory was making guitars on several quality levels and these Grecos are actually great, and very good value for money. Starting around Greco contracted Cort or Cor-Tek to produce their Gibson copy guitars still using the open book headstock design. These Greco guitars have no serial numbers or way of actually dating them, except for the fact they were only made from ’88 to approx mid 90’s in this form.
Greco: Models & Serial
Forgot your password? Yeah, they have been made since the 60’s Both really, really good instruments – the LP was a bit ugly finish wise major clownburst , and very heavy. But boy, it played and sounded like heaven – 2nd best LP that I’ve owned. The consensus is that most Greco’s from the 80’s forward are pretty damn good. They also made some nice ones in the 70’s as well – but they also made some really shaky cheap clones as well during this time, so be careful.
Greco Gibson replicas when his signature series discontinued, a bolton Aug, Australia lostpick said above I can say whether you want a Les Pauls he does not.
The Japanese vintage guitar market has been steadily growing for a number of years, with so called ‘lawsuit’ instruments of the 70’s and 80’s garnering a reputation for being not only incredibly accurate recreations of their US made equivalents, but very high quality instruments in their own right. The Greco company has produced some of the best Gibson style instruments to come out of Japan, with their Les Paul models being especially highly regarded for their likeness to the ‘real thing’.
The top features a nice Cherry Sunburst finish commonly found on late 70’s Les Pauls. As with most Greco Les Pauls of this era, this instruments features Maxon made UD humbucker pickups dating to , offering a classic vintage voiced output with just the right amount of clarity. The open book headstock design, cream binding, pearloid fretboard inlays and knobs all look authentically Gibson, and the guitar features a set of replacement Gotoh tuners that are in full working order.
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As with most Greco Les Pauls of this era, this instruments features Maxon made UD humbucker pickups dating to , offering a classic vintage voiced output.
Note: As mentioned above, Greco continued to use serial numbers with 1 letter and 6 digits during the 80s and 90s. Models above usually have a nitrocellulose finish. The model designation consists of 2 or 3 letters followed by a number:. Vintage Made in Japan guitar aficionado! I do not consider myself a specialist, I still have a lot to learn about MIJ guitars. I am just an enthusiast who wants to share the results of his research.
I hope that my work will be useful. I have a Greco N50, blonde, with what looks to simply be the serial 4 stamped in the headstock back. How do I find the value of my guitar? I bought it in in Portland, Oregon.
Greco Guitars – Serial Numbers
Ibanez brand guitars are manufactured at a variety of factories in several countries under contract from the brand’s owner, Hoshino Gakki Group. The catalogs scanned and linked below represent output from the year through the present. During the ‘s and most of the ‘s, Ibanez guitars were made almost exclusively in Japan, and the majority of electric models were made at the Fujigen Gakki manufacturing plant.
Note: This is a very quick history, and mostly from memory, so take it all with a grain of salt and try to verify what you can from other sources. However, every attempt has been made to provide only verifiable and true information, in an attempt to set the record straight and dispell some modern “myths” about Ibanez model guitars.
As you will note in the earliest catalogs, Ibanez guitars were first “copies” or “reproductions” of guitar models originated by several American guitar manufacturers and manufacturers from other countries.
BURNY LES PAUL SUPER GRADE JAPAN MADE Probable a Samick Lazer model,this model made famous by Johnny Winter, we have no info about date.
Read the current issue of VG. Epic poetry is great, but all these long treatises on the massive guitar pedigrees of Kay and Aria have made me feel a bit like a Milton scholar, a fate not to be wished anyone. The Fall was bad enough. So, how about a little lyric poetry, something fresh for a change, some lighter fare at the bountiful buffet of guitar history. Anything goofball like that is, as you know, right down The Different Strummer alley.
So, when I saw a VG classified placed by Nils Freiberger from the Boston area offering one for a reasonable price, I figured it was time to hook up with one. As it turns out, Nils traveled for work and was coming down my way, so we hooked up on a chilly windy Winter day and over cheesesteaks in an old 19th Century cast-iron corner restaurant in South Philly, talked guitars and did the deal. Now that I had one, what was it?
The knowledge quest had begun. Fresher is hardly a household name in most American guitar collecting families, with good reason. Basically, these were primarily made for domestic use in Japan, although at least some were briefly exported at least to the United Kingdom. Despite the fact that examples occasionally show up, as of now there is no evidence that Fresher guitars were ever officially imported into the United States.
The Fresher story begins back in when Fresher guitars were introduced by the Kyowa Company, Ltd. Kyowa was primarily a trading company, importing products and developing some musical instruments.
Japanese Manufacturers of Made in Japan Badged Electric Guitars From 1960 to 1980
Gibson, these fully-authorized Japanese guitars came into existence through partnerships between Gibson USA and various Japanese manufacturers and dealers such as Aria, Matsumoku and Yamano Music that extend back into the s. It wasn’t until when Yamano Gakki took over the distribution of Gibson and Korean-made Epiphone guitars in Japan, and later in , decided to expand their lineup of guitar models, that things really got rolling for the Orville and Orville by Gibson brands.
Yamano Gakki decided to go with a different name for this expanded line of guitars, that were designed in the exact form of the most valuable and sought-after classic Gibson guitars. It was decided upon to use “Orville” as the new brand name, dedicating the brand to the founding father.
There were 5 different methods used to date Orville and Orville by Gibson guitars and This was not the case for Greco, Tokai ’57 & ’59 Les Paul Reissues.
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Ibanez “Lawsuit Era” Les Paul Custom Copy
He contacted his friend Mr. Shigeru Narumo, a very popular Japanese guitarist. They advised GRECO to develop a better guitar than the Les Paul model at a more affordable price and to scale the neck down to be more suitable for the smaller Japanese hand. Shiino conducted the factory side and made the new custom EG.
The “Super Real Series” date from late to and the open O Greco logo Some Greco Les Paul guitars up until had laminated pancake bodies.
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1988 to early 90’s Cor-Tek Greco LP Custom
Zachary R. Fjestad is a freelance writer who specializes in guitars and amplifiers including the history behind them and their current value. Fjestad has been evaluating and appraising guitars for over 20 years. For more information, email Zachary at zacharyfjestad hotmail.
Many Japanese-copied “lawsuit era” guitars under names like Greco, Aria, Your guitar appears to be a Les Paul Custom copy that Ibanez labeled guitars with a serial numbers dating from November/ December
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Instruments manufactured with the name “Greco” are electric and acoustic guitars. Kanda Shokai was established in and the Greco brand name was started in Kanda Shokai also marketed a few original designs in the late 60s including the Greco Semi-hollow “Shrike” guitars which were imported and marketed first by Goya and later by Kustom. The “Shrike” model was unusual in that it had a pair of unusual “L” shaped pickups, with the corner of the “L” pointing towards the headstock on the neck pickup and towards the bridge on the bridge pickup These “boomerang” pickups predate the Gibson Flying V 2 “Boomerang” shaped pickups by over 10 years.
In the early s Kanda Shokai marketed Greco Gibson -like models, but with bolt-on necks rather than the set necks of genuine Gibson guitars.
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How cool is this? Although this very much looks the part it varies from an LP Custom with a rosewood fingerboard instead of ebony and bolt on neck design rather than set neck. That said, it rips!! Pro setup in house and comes complete with a gig bag. Condition: Overall in very good condition less finish fade and wear as well as hardware tarnish and play wear.
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