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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Greco guitars...anybody has one?

I have been looking at these on ebay, the LP copies look absolutely killer! Any info?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 10:48 AM
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I have not owned a Greco, but I've owned a few Tokais and a Burny. From the research I've done, I'd say Grecos are fine guitars up there with the other MIJ LP copies. Actually, I think some of the Burnys and Grecos are actually closer replicas (binding over fret ends, etc) than the Tokais which have the better reputation. The Toks have better resale, but I wouldn't hesitate to snag a Greco...just make sure you think it's a reasonable price in case you want to resell later.
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Here is another explanation of the Greco/Hoshino/Fuji-Gen Gakki connection by Vintage Guitar columnist Michael Wright (as posted on bulletin board 6/25/01):

"To correct myself, Greco was NOT an Ibanez brand name in Japan. First of all, the company was Hoshino Gakki Ten. Their own primary brand name was Ibanez, however, they would put any brand a buyer wanted on their guitars. In 1955 Hoshino stopped selling guitars in Japan, concentrating on exports. They made their own electric guitars from 1962-1965; due to high labor costs they switched back to OEM vendors in 1966. In 1970 they began working with the Fuji-Gen Gakki factory, with whom they worked thereafter. Fuji-Gen made guitars for sale in Japan carrying the GRECO brand name. This belonged to Fuji-Gen and had nothing to do with Hoshino/Ibanez, except, of course, they were the same guitars as those made for Hoshino. Hoshino Hanbai was established in 1981 to again sell guitars in Japan. So, from 1955-1981, no Hoshino guitars were sold in Japan. Greco guitars were the brand of Fuji-Gen Gakki, Hoshino's main supplier but not owned by Hoshino."

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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How would these compare to an Epiphone copy?

I want 2561921125!!!!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 02:22 PM
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Epi MIJ or MIK? I'd say a Greco would generally blow away an MIK Epi.
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