This add to the story of “where does that Signature come from, exactly? Another interesting thing is that the heel change from 1967 (and 1968) to 1969 type introduced a change from one piece neck to three pieces neck (wood layer).This naturally introduces changes in the sound of the guitar, neck shape, playability and so on.
Originally, Kanda Shokai used the 'Greco' brand name for the solid body models and used the 'Canda' brand name for its Acoustic models, basing this on the company name Kanda (Canda).
In the mid/late 1960s, Kanda Shokai also exported some Greco-branded guitars based on Hagström and EKO designs for Avnet/Goya in the USA.) guitar factories and were very similar to the late 1960s Ibanez guitars based on Hagström and EKO designs.
In recent years, counterfeit versions of the popular guitar ave surfaced. Next, check for the serial number on the back of the headstock. Modern numbers are 9 digits but older/vintage Gibson guitars are much shorter.
By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.
This will be a post I will try to update as more info on the subject is known to me.
For now, I had shot these two pictures of some of my SGs in my new home studio (it’s actually a basement in my Roman flat).By the mid/late 1970s most Greco Gibson-like models were being made with set necks and open book Gibson headstock designs.Some other Greco Gibson-like models from the 1970s had a different headstock design, more like a Guild headstock design, that had a Greco logo with equally sized letters.The Les Paul was designed by Gibson president Ted Mc Carty, factory manager John Huis and their team, along with guitarist/inventor Les Paul.The Les Paul was originally offered with a gold finish and two P-90 pickups.It will return the birth date of your guitar and the manufacturing plant.