NGD - 1985 Greco EGC500

johnljohnl Frets: 282
edited January 12 in Guitar
Picked this up last week and finally managed to put it down long enough to take a few photos. Absolutely blown away by the quality of these MIJ Les Pauls. Over the past year I've bought a Les Paul Faded, Tribute and Studio and this Greco has far better fit and finish (even after 30-odd years of being knocked around). 

There's a few issues that I'm in the process of sorting out - if anyone has any good ideas for how to remove a completely seized tailpiece screw it'd be much appreciated, also open to suggestions for some new pickups...



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  • ellwoodellwood Frets: 960
    Nice!
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  • ricorico Frets: 853
    Crikey, that’s very nice. What ballpark figure did that set you back? PM if you like...
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  • johnljohnl Frets: 282
    Cheers guys - Rico this cost me about £650 including postage etc. 
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 682
    edited January 13
    johnl said:
    Cheers guys - Rico this cost me about £650 including postage etc. 
    Happy ngd John, looks lovely -is this the birth year guitar we spoke about? If it is, glad to see you got it for a better price too, you got a good buy there.
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  • johnljohnl Frets: 282
    johnl said:
    Cheers guys - Rico this cost me about £650 including postage etc. 
    Happy ngd John, looks lovely -is this the birth year guitar we spoke about? If it is, glad to see you got it for a better price too, you got a good buy there.
    Thanks mate, it is indeed and thanks for your advice - was a huge help.
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5618

    Like that a lot.

    Congrats.
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 682
    johnl said:
    johnl said:
    Cheers guys - Rico this cost me about £650 including postage etc. 
    Happy ngd John, looks lovely -is this the birth year guitar we spoke about? If it is, glad to see you got it for a better price too, you got a good buy there.
    Thanks mate, it is indeed and thanks for your advice - was a huge help.
    No worries, that’s what the forum is about.

    On the pickup front try some Mojo’s or OX4s, both are fantastic!
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 350
    Looks like a warrior of a guitar HNGD!
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  • flyingvflyingv Frets: 149
    Looks  beast! HNGD
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  • ellwoodellwood Frets: 960
    johnl said:
    johnl said:
    Cheers guys - Rico this cost me about £650 including postage etc. 
    Happy ngd John, looks lovely -is this the birth year guitar we spoke about? If it is, glad to see you got it for a better price too, you got a good buy there.
    Thanks mate, it is indeed and thanks for your advice - was a huge help.
    No worries, that’s what the forum is about.

    On the pickup front try some Mojo’s or OX4s, both are fantastic!
    +1 on the pick up advice. I have Les Pauls with OX4s and Mojosand both are superb options. Enjoy!
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  • mbembe Frets: 579
    Nice piece.

    About the seized screw, I would advise that the screw with the bushing is removed from the guitar body. Any brute force to turn the screw while it is in the body risks the bushing splines enlarging the hole in the body.

    You can get special tools from Stew Mac but I have managed to remove bushings using a claw hammer levering against various thickness pieces of wood. Sounds brutal, but copious amounts of foam and thick cloths and polythene taped to the hammer's claws will prevent damage.

    The bushing with seized screw can be heated  with a heat gun and placed in a tin of penetrating oil. Best done outside. Leave it in the oil overnight Place the bushing on a hard surface, put tape over the screw head and give the screw a couple of taps with the hammer. Hold the bushing with wood in a vice and try moving the screw both directions and hope it comes unstuck.

    Hope this helps.
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  • johnljohnl Frets: 282
    mbe said:

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks mate - glad I read this before I started attacking it with various combinations of screwdrivers and WD40. Will give the claw hammer a go.
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