Teisco


Teisco guitar Teisco was a Japanese manufacturer of affordable musical instruments from 1948 until 1969. The company produced guitars as well as keyboard instruments, microphones, amplifiers, and even drums. Teisco products were widely exported to the US and the UK.

Teisco guitars sold in the United States were badged Teisco Del Rey beginning in 1964. Teisco guitars were also imported in the U.S. under several brand names including Silvertone, Jedson, Kent, Norma, Kingston, Kimberly, Lyle, Tulio, Duke, Heit Deluxe, and World Teisco. Likewise, they were imported in the U.K under such labels as Arbiter, Audition, Kay and Top Twenty. While guitars manufactured by Teisco were ubiquitous in their day, they are now very collectable. In fact, highly sought after models are now being reproduced.

From 1948 to the early 1960's Teisco products were often, like many Japanese products of the period, close copies of American and Western European products of the time including Hagström and EKO. However, in the early 1960s Teisco products became increasingly unique. Teisco guitars became notable for unusual body shapes, such as the May Queen design resembling an artist's palette, or other unusual features such as having four pickups (most guitars have two or three). The vast amount of controls, typically an individual switch for each pickup, plus a tone or phase-cancellation switch, along with as many as five tone and volume knobs, gave a wide variety of sounds yet were easily switched while playing. After Kawai bought Teisco in 1967, they started to produce all the Teisco guitars, as well as their own brand, Apollo. Hound Dog Taylor famously used a variety of these Kawai-era Teiscos, which he bought at his local Sears department store. Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain used a Spectrum V.

Many Teisco guitars had a primitive tailed bridge in their extended tail bridges with limited timbre when used in an extended technique. When the strings are attacked behind the bridge, a 3rd bridge sound is created. This is one of the reasons these guitars became popular again during the 90's among many noise artists as a cheaper alternative for the Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster, which were beginning to attract collector interest.

Teisco also produced a six-string bass similar to the Fender Bass VI which was itself an uncommon instrument. The Teisco six-string bass followed an unusual body shape that was used on one of their guitars. It had an off-set body shape similar to a Jazzmaster, but with an extended top horn, a 'handle' cutout on the left-facing side of the bridge and a Fender-style headstock with an over-sized scroll.

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Guitars

DG-67
EP-8
EP-9
EP-14
EP-15
EP-1L
EP-1T
EP-2L
EP-2T
EP-7
EP-8T
EP-11T
EP-18
EP-200L
E-100
E-110
E-120
E-200
ET-100
ET-200
ET-220
ET-300
ET-310
ET-320
ET-440
ET-460/K-4L
EV-2T
Fire Bird G
Firstman
J-1
J-3
J-5
JG-54
K2-L
K3-L
Kimberly Michelle 26


May Queen
MJ-2
MJ-2L
MJ-3L
Model 13
Nardan
PE-8
Phantom 22
R-2
SD-2L
SD-4L
SM-2L
Spectrum 2
Spectrum 4/ET-440
Spectrum 5
Spectrum 22
SS-2L
SS-4L
TE-300
TG-64
TRE-100
TRG-1
V-2
Vamper
Vegas 40
Vegas 66
Vibra Twin
VG-6
VN-2
VN-4
WG-2L
WG-3L
WG-4L
Zimgar

Bass Guitars

BA-2
BL-2
BR-2
BS-101
EB-100
EB-200
EBX-200
EP-200B
FB-2
GB-1
KB-2
NB-4
Phantom B
TB-64

Amplifiers

Checkmate CM-10 Amp
Checkmate CM-12 Amp
Checkmate CM-15 Amp
Checkmate CM-16 Amp
Checkmate CM-17 Amp
Checkmate CM-20 Amp
Checkmate CM-21 Amp
Checkmate CM-22 Amp
Checkmate CM-25 Amp
Checkmate CM-50 Amp
Checkmate CM-60 Amp
Checkmate CM-66 Amp
Checkmate CM-100 Amp
King 1800 Amp
Teisco 8 Amp
Teisco 10 Amp
Teisco 88 Amp