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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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For those of you who don't know, I'm an Aussie working for Ishibashi Music in Tokyo.

A customer of mine is about to purchase this Guitar, but when doing the research on this Guitar I thought this was a MUST to post what I found on Jemsite.

* A quick side note. I am NOT trying to sell this Guitar on here. This is for education purposes. No doubt someone will want to correct me, but I did this together with my boss who is Japanese and we translated the information from a Japanese source.


[FONT=&quot]Greco GO-1200[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Made in Japan, September 1978. Built in the Fujigen factory.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]This was a truly golden era for Greco and is adored by a legion of fans of Japan vintage Guitars.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Two of us in the International Team have done a lot of research on Greco today. It's amazing the information we can find in Japanese that you will possibly never get to see in English as it's too comprehensive.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]In the model name GO-1200, the "GO" stands for "Greco Original" model. This guitar was a combined project between Hoshino (aka: Ibanez), Kandashoukai (aka: the distributor of Fender Japan, Music Man and many other top brands) and the famous Fujigen factory.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Below I have put additional images. In the last one you can see a badge which reads...[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Guitar revolution from [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Greco in 1977[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]GO-1200[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]As strange as the English is in that, their meaning is that they started this joint venture between the three afore mentioned forces in 1977. Sorry to say I didn’t get around to confirming when this particular partnership desolved.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]To be precise, on all of the information & original catalogue images we found, the model name did NOT have the “-“ in between so while the badge reads GO-1200, everything else I saw & read had it listed as GO1200.[/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]Built with a beautiful Neck-through construction. The body consists of a Mahogany center as well as a combination of Maple & Walnut through the 7 piece laminations of the neck. The top appears to be Ash to my eye, but I could not find any literature to confirm that. The fingerboard is Ebony.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]The wiring appears to still be in full original condition. Our buying department checked it and that was their conclusion.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Serial Number: I786249[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Weight: 4.38kg[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Non-original hard case included[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Additional photos…[/FONT]








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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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Re: Greco, but also Ibanez history lesson

Cool axe - Greco version of the Ibz Musician series. These guitars are getting fairly pricey nowadays and their rep is going up. I've never played one (or seen one in real life, they don't seem terribly common) but they seem pretty ace.
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