Greco Gibson replicas started using serial numbers around 1975 and pre 1975 models had a Greco logo that looked like Gneco.
From the mid 1970 s to the mid 1990 s Greco models have mostly used 2 serial number formats for non Acoustic models.
The first format is MYYPPPP.
M = production month (A=January B=February... K=November L=December).
YY = year (79 =1979).
PPPP = production number.
FujiGen Gakki used this format for the Japanese Grecos they made. The FujiGen Gakki made Ibanez models from the 1970 s/1980s also used this format. Matsumoku also used this format for some of the Grecos they made in the 1970s and the Matsumoku made Grecos have Matsumoku stamped on the neckplate to differentiate them from the FujiGen made Grecos.
The second format is YPPPP.
Y = year (9 = 1979 0 =1980 or 1990).
PPPP = production number.
Sometimes a month letter is used in a MYPPPP format. Dyna Gakki used this format for the Japanese Grecos they made. Dyna Gakki make the current Kanda Shokai Fender Japan and Kanda Shokai Japanese Gretsch models. Dyna Gakki also make most of the current Kanda Shokai Japanese Greco models.
Since the mid 1990s Greco models have used other serial number formats as well.
Greco stopped using the open book headstock design on serial numbered Greco Gibson replica models in the early 1990 s and Kanda Shokai then concentrated on their other model lines and Fender Japan. Some Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas starting from around 1988 had no serial number. There are two different types of no serial Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas. The no serial Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas that have pickup cavity shielding paint, brick shaped nuts (no back slope) and scarf joint headstocks (the headstock is glued onto the neck) were made by Cort and sometimes have Cor-Tek (Cort) pots. The other no serial Greco open book headstock Gibson replicas were made by Dyna Gakki at the very end of the Greco open book headstock Gibson replica production around 1991 and they were ordered with no serial number as Kanda Shokai had uncertain retail release dates for them. The no serial Greco models that were made by Cort were ordered to fulfill Greco production numbers as FujiGen had decided to make less Gibson like set neck guitars in the late 1980s.
In the late 1980s Kanda Shokai had FujiGen making a small amount of mid/higher end MYYXXXX serial numbered Greco models and had Dyna Gakki making the YXXXX serial numbered Greco models and also had Cort making the lower end no serial number Greco models to make up for the Fujigen production decrease in the lower end Greco models. In the late 1980s the FujiGen made serial numbered Greco models decrease in number and the FujiGen MYYXXXX serial number format is mostly on the mid/high end Greco models. The reason for the decrease in FujiGen made serial numbered Grecos is that FujiGen were mostly making bolt on (Fender like) neck models for Fender Japan and Ibanez in the late 1980 s/early 1990s and were avoiding set neck (Gibson like necks) contracts at the time. In 1987 Hoshino Gakki had to use Terada and Iida to make some Ibanez set neck models instead of their usual maker (FujiGen) as FujiGen did not want to make most of the Ibanez set neck models at the time ( Ibanez Serial Numbers ). FujiGen decided to expand their factory operations and in November 1991 established FujiGen Hirooka Inc and from sometime in 1992 FujiGen were taking on new set neck (Gibson like necks) contracts.
Atlansia have supplied body and neck parts for Greco models as well. Tokai currently make the Kanda Shokai Zemaitis and Talbo models.
где-то читал, что на корейских греках в 80х вообще серийников не ставили...
>в случае с греками взяв гитару вруки можно понять чего она стоит
в принципе, это для многих гитар справедливо... но не всегда есть возможность послушать гитару на том аппарате и то время, которое хотелось бы. ну и вообще, если чел в инете продает скажем гитару, хотелось бы сразу понять, есть ли смысл вообще ее приезжать смотреть...