This is a fabulous Greco Flying V from 1979 in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order. This upscale Greco is one of the more unique “lawsuit era” instruments built at the peak of Japan’s most storied era of guitar production.
Made in the famed Fujigen factory (also the home of the official Gibson-sanctioned “Orville” line of guitars), this Flying V is loaded with a pair of killer sounding humbucking pickups. We believe they are the PU-O PAF-style humbuckers made by Maxon. One of the rarer Greco pickups, these humbuckers utilise alnico V magnets and are articulate and warm, with good top end growl, sustain, and punch, responding well to overdrive.
With a solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, and glued-in neck joint, the guitar is particularly resonant and clear, with the inherent depth of midrange that comes with this tone wood. In fact the original Gibson style neck joint is a thing of beauty in its own right. It would have been a lot easier to “dumb down’ this neck joint, but they didn’t.
At only 7.1 lbs, this V is a light and easy player, but with serious fat output from the pickups.
The neck has a C shaped profile which is more slender and fast-feeling at the nut, but with big shoulders and lots of roundness and heft up the board. The unbound rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which show very little wear at their full factory height with well rounded crowns.
Adhering to traditional specs for a Flying V, this guitar has a 24 3/4″ scale length and a hand-carved bone nut that measures just over 1 9/16″ in width. Tuners are vintage era double ring Kluson style models with plastic tulip buttons, working perfectly.
All of the original hardware is intact including the black top hat knobs, tailpiece, and nickel bridge. Cosmetically, this guitar has a little buckle rash on the back, with a few dings and finish chips on the body but nothing offensive. The original and quite rare white finish has turned a lovely deep cream colour and thoroughly enhances the appeal of this 40 year old guitar.
A big bonus is that it comes in its original fitted hard shell case in excellent condition.