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. These were very similar to the Ibanez Gibson-like models available at that time and most of these models had a Greco logo that looked more like “Gneco”. Some other Greco Gibson-like models from the s had a different headstock design, more like a Guild headstock design, that had a Greco logo with equally sized letters. Starting in , the Greco “Super Real Series” was introduced which made available high standard replicas of Gibson and Fender models. Since the end of the Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas in the early s, Kanda Shokai have produced various models using the Greco brand name such as the “Mirage Series” similar to the Ibanez Iceman , various Gibson copies not using the open book Gibson headstock design , Violin basses VB , Zemaitis Guitars and addition to various other models.
Ibanez “Lawsuit Era” Les Paul Custom Copy
Guitars made by Greco have attracted a devoted following of both professional and amateur guitar players for decades. Mostly known as one of the first clone guitar companies, Greco was a Japanese company that produced replicas of popular American guitars at a lower cost. These replicas became so high in quality that in some instances, they became more respected than the originals.
Some of the most valuable guitars to collect are Greco’s Super Real models, the Mint Collection series with the open “O” logo, and the Gibson and Fender duplicates because these models are no longer made. The following descriptions and videos provide details about Greco’s most popular guitars. The Mint Collection Series produced some of Greco’s finest sounding guitars, and rarest.
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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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. As it was decided that some of these guitars would be equipped with Japanese-made pickups and some with USA-made pickups, they decided to include the post-script “by Gibson” for the models that had pickups of American origin.
Other than the difference in headstock logo and pickups, there are no other hidden or outward differences that I am aware of.
The first duplicates of Gibson Les Paul guitars, the EG models, are released. Kustom Electronics buys the U.S. distribution rights for Greco’s.
MANN guitars were sold from approximately to The first generation were made in Japan and there was probably enough inventory to last into the late s. The second generation were made in Korea. The first generation was closely tied to the Ibanez brand. I am uncertain as to whether Great West Imports contracted directly with the manufacturer or with the distributor, Hoshino Gakki. These guitars are almost identical to the Ibanez models of the same era. This is the era of the lawsuit guitars or technically, pre-lawsuit, where they are direct copies including the headstock shape and design.
The second generation was made in Korea and I have no knowledge of the manufacturer. The guitars made during this time vary quite a bit in quality. These are not lawsuit guitars and have no ties to Ibanez.
Vintage guitars for sale: 1970
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.
Greco Les Paul Custom Cherry Sunburst Japan MIJ Lawsuit Guitar. $. THE NECK PICKUP IS UNKNOWN WITH A DATE OF THE BRIDGE.
This is one of the most frustrating questions from the MIJ collector. People often make the mistake of citing the American or European importer as the ‘maker’ of the guitar, when in fact several Japanese manufacturers were producing badged guitars out of their plants and shipping them to America and Europe to sell.
Japanese manufacturers made multiple badges at the same plant, many of whom resemble each other closely. Some manufacturers merged or changed hands over the years which added to the confusion, sometime merging with another maker, only to pick up their name later. In some cases a manufacturer would farm out production to various manufacturers, making it still more difficult to know who made the guitar in your hands.
Parts from other guitars would be used in the making of a particular badge for a period of time because it was all the manufacturer had to hand
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.
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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. They were not forgeries, as they were never sold with misleading logos or with the intent to deceive. Due to their high quality, Ibanez guitars and those made under other brands, such as Greco and Aria, quickly earned a reputation around the world as quality instruments at a great value.
There is a form of urban legend that circulates in the guitar community that has many variations, but usually involves either Gibson or Fender suing Ibanez, Aria, or some other Japanese manufacturer, with the intent to stop that company from manufacturing superior copies. The truth is less glamourous. Only one company ever sued another, and it was Norlin the owner of the Gibson brand at the time suing Hoshino owner of the Ibanez brand and the suit was focused only on the “open book” headstock shape common to Gibson guitars and replicated on the Ibanez guitars.
The suit was brought in , but by then Ibanez had already changed the headstock shape on its copy models, so the suit was settled out of court. No other company was ever sued by any other company. However, this episode has given rise to the term “lawsuit” guitar, which is used to describe any Japanese copy guitar made in the shape of an American manufacturer’s model.
Greco Guitars – Serial Numbers
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!
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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Made in the USA. This bass is in overall great shape! Light scratching and wear and tear over the neck and body.