My Old Guitar

I have a pretty cool electric guitar. It's not cool because of looks or anything like that, but because of what it is.
I had bought new strings for it and had someone tune it for me. The guy tuning it mentioned that it must be pretty old because the tuners were ivory and guitars haven't had real ivory for many years. This got me looking into the guitar's background.

The Teisco Company was a Japanese company manufacturing pianos. Back in the 1940's, when the electric guitar was in it's infancy, Teisco was one of the early makers of the instrument. They made guitars from the early 40's up into the early 70's. They didn't make high end guitars, but rather the cheaper models, something one might consider a starter guitar.

The model I have was something that could be purchased at a local department store for a relatively low price. Today it would be the equivalent to a guitar costing $100-$150. So nothing too special in that regard.

One of the things I like about it is it's age. The one I have was made in the late 60's, early 70's, so it's older than me. Another thing is that this guitar was made in .... Holland, I think... and it was only sold in England. I'm in America, so somehow this guitar made it's way across the Atlantic.

There is no serial number on it. I'm disappointed with that. There's no way for me to track it's history other than the time period it was made in and it's country of origin. So that's my electric guitar. It's 40 - 45 years old, not native to my region of the world and it still plays nicely.

It isn't worth too much as far as guitars go. The brand does have a dedicated following that likes collecting them. It's more for nostalgia than monetary value. I like the one I have. I've cleaned it up quite a bit since I bought it and it still needs a little bit more done to it.
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2 Responses May 7, 2012

I'd love to see a pic. I love anything vintage. Especially having to do with music.

Interesting, thanks for sharing. It's cool to see the history of an instrument. :) (or a tease of it, anyway.)<br />
Makes you imagine...