Bought Greco and not authentic PuPs

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  1. fred4321

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    Hi,
    I am waiting for delivery of a 1978 Greco LP.
    The seller had the guitar for 6 years and wasn't sure of the model series etc.
    I'm happy to receive the guitar as I got it quite cheap.

    I have doing some research after the purchase (thinking I had an eg900 perhaps) it was suggested to me that the humbucker PuP's are not authentic.
    The picture (fuzzy) of the PuP's from the seller have no markings of authenticity. Maybe cheap Korean/Chinese PuP's?

    Any suggestions of replacement humbuckers for the guitar while I'm waiting for delivery?
    cheers
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    Ah, dang. That's terrible.

    For humbuckers the only sets I've ever liked were from wolfetone. I'm running a Dr vintage neck and marshall head bridge.
     
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    Wait until you play the guitar before you make a decision about the pickups. I had a Greco from that era. No pickup ever made would have improved that thing.
     
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    Why, wasn't it any good
     
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    Depends on what you mean...

    If you mean:

    The answer is, because it was a mid 70s Greco. It sounded like a Fisher Price toy. The action could either be a mushy mess, or a buzzy mess. There was no in between. Most of the cheap guitars from that era were just awful. Some of them could be made to play well. Some couldn't.


    If you mean:

    The the answer is, no it wasn't.


    Play the thing before you spend money on pickups. It could be good, it could be salvageable with new pickups, it might be kindling. There's no way to know without getting your hands on it.
     
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    Really? Hard to imagine how all that other great non-Wolfetone music was created on HBs.
     
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    I'm crushed :(
     
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    Well, just to get your hopes up again ... I have a friend with a late 70s Greco SG, their top model apparently. Fantastic sounding guitar. And that's with the stock pickups.
     
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    Thanks for that, but I have a sinking feeling I might have a dud.
     
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    I can't tell anything about a guitar that I've never touched, nobody can. My experience with a Greco from that era may not be the same as yours. Don't stress over it until you get to play it.

    The cheap guitars of those years were pretty bad. There was a craze a few years ago where they were getting snapped up at crazy prices because some musicians were using them. Those guys had people dedicated to making them playable and keeping them in action. If you got it at a good price, then good for you. You may well be able to do something with it.

    The last thing you should ever do is make decisions based on what any anonymous schlub in the internet says. Including this particular schlub.
     
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    I think sometimes we forget that, despite the current belief that anything 'old' must be desirable, there were some terrible 'copy' instruments made and some good ones. I've played both.

    Hopefully this will be one of the good ones. :D
     
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    I agree with....wait until you get it and play it before making a decision.
    I expected to have to replace the pickups (humbuckers) on a Grote ES 335-style I bought in 2019......the stock ones were (are) actually very good and useable. You just never know!
     
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    I have a weird Greco, a little older than that one, and the pickups weren’t marked either. My grandpa bought it for my dad when he was coming home from Vietnam. It came straight from Asia and sat in a case until I played it.
     
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    It's just what I like and a personal opinion. Can you imagine that?

    I'm mostly a single coil player and their unpotted humbuckers are the best and closest thing to it for me.
     
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    You're reading something he never said. People love to do that on forums and I don't get why.
     
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    Don't go running down the road before you even receive the guitar. I have an '83 Greco SA1200 that was built in the Tokai Factory. It came with Gotoh pickups that probably weren't original either, but it sounded wonderful.

    I later put Gibson 57Classics in it. I've had it for 20 years.
     
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    Maybe evaluate the guitar when you get it and go from there.

    I’m not sure what makes you think the pickups aren’t original.

    But even if they are not, they could still be great.
     
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    From the initial pic - it looks great! However I agree - the pups look non original, but I like the zebra coils, they really pop, visually. Original pickups were likely Maxons.

    Just curious - Is it a set neck model? any serial numbers on the back of the headstock?

    I've had a few MIJ late 70s guitars, and they were amazeballz. great bang for the buck.
     
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    One thing I can see is brass saddles on the bridge. That's an indication of quality. Did they come stock with those? Might even be an after market bridge such as a Faber. I bought a nice Allparts ToM with unplated brass saddles from Realtone in Australia, so it could be one of those.

    I'd normally expect to see the chrome plating blistering in a bridge that old. The whole guitar looks in pristine condition as if it's hardly been played. I really don't see anything to worry about so long as the neck is straight and set at the correct pitch.

    If the pickups turn out to be meh, then just pop a set of Tonerider AC2s in. Or for much less money suspend all prejudices and grab the Donlis A2 equivalents off Aliexpress. They're excellent pickups.
     
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    Hi, yes it is a set neck model.
    The serial is J784753
     
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