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Extremely Rare 1968 Greco Shrike 10 String. Greco 961. Made In Japan.

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1968 Greco 961 10 string Shrike. Extremely rare! Fully functional.. Condition is Used.
You're checking out one of the Holy Grails of vintage Japanese guitars. It is a 1968 Greco shrike 10 string. Model 961. These are extremely, extremely rare. They were only made in one year, 1968. They did make 6 and 12 strings which are more common but still tricky to find. The ten strings are like unicorns. So hard to find. Haha. So they have a couple different ways of stringing them up. It is currently set up like a 12-string guitar. Doubled up strings on the higher strings. I believe the way it was supposed to be used was tripled up strings on the D and G string the nut is cut in such a way that there are some extra slots cell I like to think it's up to the discretion of the user to string it how they like. So it's got some really unusual Boomerang pickups on it. They sound great. All the electronics are clean and fully functional. All the dust has been removed and there is no scratching on the pots or switches. The four switches basically act like an EQ to boost low and high end. One of those switches is basically an on-and-off to operate that EQ. That's how you control your tone. It has one volume knob. A couple of things have been replaced on this I believe. I don't know if the nut is original but it's definitely looks like it. I believe the bridge has been changed as well as one of the tuners. It's missing an original thumbwheel but a threaded nickel has been put in its place and works just fine. The neck is pretty straight. There's still room to turn the truss rod. Action isn't too bad. It could probably use a shim under the neck heel. Other than that there's no buzzing or issues playing it. Stays in tune well. The strings are brand new. It is missing the pickguard. I have a blank vintage pearloid one on order but figured I'd put the guitar up before it arrived. If it doesn't sell before it gets here, alcraft the appropriate pickguard in adidon for shipping. Has a zero fret. Frets are in great shape. The body is an overall good shape. There are a couple marks around the trouble side F hole. Some spots around the binding that have the Finish coming off. Doesn't look like it's cracked or broken. The guitar is just 51 years old and has seen more than I have in my life. Please feel free to ask me any questions you want. I'll try to answer them the best I can. Also I can take way more pictures. I wish eBay would let me upload more than just 12. Thanks for looking!

Greco "961"
"Shrike" 10-String 
(only produced for 1 year in 1968)

a 10-string - "symphony of sound"

Eclectic Electric

A little walk through Japanese guitar history:  Goya/Greco manufactured guitars since the early 1960's at the legendary Fiji-genGakki Plant. Greco was also one of the pioneers of the Japanese "Outlaw" lawsuit guitar-era.
Here's one of the rarest oddity of the late 1960's that ever came out the of Far-East... the birth of the "Electric" 10-String Guitar!!!
This rare 1968 Greco "Shrike" 10-String model featured those amazing "Boomerang" pickups. The "Boomerang" pickups, when driven hard, get really "down and dirty" with just a twist of the volume knob. The pickup selector switch basically gives the bridge, neck and the combo setting its extraordinary tonal value.
All the "Shrike" models were manufactured with this amazing built-in quality and were considered, at the time, Greco's top of the line Electrics. So much quality were put in to these "Shrike" models that it actually cost more to produce them... then they could ever sell for in the 1960's. This is why the Greco "Shrike" guitar line was only produced for 1 year in 1968.
A wonderful and rare example of "First Golden-Age" of Japanese Guitar Building

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Product Specs

Listed2 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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