Greco versus Gibson

Have Guitar! presents Greco Les Paul EG-800 Custom vs Gibson Les Paul Standard. “Versus” might be a bit misleading – I just wanted to see how they sounded when used for similar sounds in a recording. Both are very nice guitars for sure. (Don’t know why the video continues after the track is silenced…)

So, Greco might be best known for being one of the “law-suit” guitar brands. Greco started producing guitars allready in 1960, the very much Gibson-like models started coming out in the earley 70’s. And then there’s whole law-suit era, which I am not going to dive into here but see the links below. The EG-800 that can be heard in this video is a copy of the black Gibson Les Paul Custom that Peter Frampton used on the classic album “Frampton comes alive!”. I am not 100 % certain but I think this Greco EG-800 Custom was manufactured in around 1978 or maybe 1979.

About my Gibson Les Paul – well, I really don’t know that much about it! It is manufactured in 1976 and I bought it for a really low price in 1986, when no-one wanted Gibson and Fender – ironically it was all about japanese racer guitars back then… The bell on the head says “standard” but there’s a stamp on the back of the head that actually says “DeLuxe”.I read somewhere that in 1976 all Les Pauls were either “Custom” or “DeLuxe” and some “Deluxes” were shipped with standard humbuckers rather than p90’s.

So, I still have the Gibson but I traded away the Greco – not that it was a bad guitar, just had the need for something else. I hope you like the video, this was the first video to be published on Have Guitar! youtube channel and nowadays there’s a whole lot more to watch… and more content being added every week. Feel free to subscribe to Have Guitar! for more lovable videos!

Peter Framptons Les Paul

Greco on Wikipedia
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Harley Benton Tele with Fender Texas Specials

So, here’s a crazy Have Guitar! video for you: a 160 dollar guitar with a set of 200 dollar Fender singlecoil pickups. Yes, it’s a Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley Telecaster model, Thomanns own house brand, on which I have switched the original pickups (Wilkinson) to Fender Texas Specials. In this video I’ll show you how I did it and of course you will get a side by side sound comparision of the pickups, using Kemper profiles ranging from clean to full high gain. So was it worth it? Bah, you gotta watch the video to find out, but have a look at the index below if you just wanna skip to the sound examples! But I can tell you that these Fender Texas Specials have a really nice character… Might add that I have changed the strings from Daddario EXL110 to Elixir .010 as I changed the pickups.

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My original review of the Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley.

ReampZone Kemper profiles

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Harley Benton TE-70 at Thomann

Seymour Duncan wiring diagrams

Video Index –
05:40 – Clean, Fender SuperRev Clean
06:59 – HiGain, Fat Ed
09:10 – Crunch, Fuchs FH50
11:00 – HiGain, HKTrilogy Ultra 8S

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Review: Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley

Time for new review from Have Guitar – in this video it’s a guitar from Thomanns low cost brand, the Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley! It’s telecaster style guitar that can be yours for under 150 euros (or 160 US dollars)!! Can a low budget guitar like this have place in your collection?! Watch this review of the Black Paisley to find out…

This tele-model from Harley Benton comes in the style of Brad Paisley’s Fender Telecaster, hardware and pickups from Wilkinson and strings from Daddario (EXL). In the video I’ll give my impressions of it and of course you will get sound examples as well, from clean to raw distortion.