1977 Greco MR-100
This is the Mick Ralphs signature model, designed by Mr Mott the Hoople himself . Designed together with Fuji Gen Gakki's head luthier during a Bad Company tour of Japan in the mid 70s. These were mainly sold to the Japanese market and given to popular players like Mr Ralphs and Ace Frehley. Greco's factory, Fuji Gen later tweaked this design and released it to the USA market as the Ibanez Artist model.
This guitars has a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard as well as a really long and tight-fitting neck tenon that runs all the way to the end of the neck pickup cavity. It feature a badass type intonatable wraparound that has an extra bolt to secure it better while changing strings and to prevent leaning and inconsistent tone.
This guitar has 2 cutaways and a 2 octave neck that required a slight adjustment of the neck pickup position from a 59 burst. She has a 2 piece solid maple plaintop, a 1 piece Honduran mahogany back and neck, single ply binding on the body and headstock, a brazillian rosewood fingerboard with real shell inlay and nice binding with nibs.
She features Alnico 8 U-3000 pickups. These humbuckers are among the most sought after ever produced by Nisshin Onpa (Maxon) for Greco. Reading at 7.83k ohms each, these medium output PAF-style humbuckers have great harmonic complexity and dynamic range, with snappy top end, ample bass, and perfectly balanced midrange. Whether you want a touch of bridge pickup growl and attitude or warmth and fullness in the neck position, this guitar has you covered.
Notice length of neck tenon to the left of the neck pickup above and below
Ace Frehley playing a '77 Greco MR-1000
Mick Ralphs playing the prototype for what would become the Greco MR-1000
Body of MR-1000