Tuesday, April 28, 2009

1960's Melody (Teisco) 2 Pickup Electric

I acquired this guitar in the fall of 2008 and it has a market value of $85. It is a unknown Melody model 2 pickup Electric Guitar from the 1960's with 2 goldfoil pickups. The prize on this guitar is the goldfoil pickups and I've already used them for another project.

The Teisco brand name stands for 'Tokyo Electric Instrument and Sound Company'. Teisco was founded in 1946 by renowned Hawaiian and Spanish guitarist Atswo Kaneko, and electrical engineer Doryu Matsuda. 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, Kingston, Kimberly, Tulio, Heit Deluxe and World Teisco. While guitars manufactured by Teisco were ubiquitous in their day, they are now very collectable.



noucant said...

cool! what's the scale lenght on this sucker?

Anonymous said...

Exactly my first guitar, bought new in 1964 under the "Rodeo" brand. Paid $35 for it, and it wasn't destined to appreciate much beyond that. It was very light, and I assumed it was formed from plastic until I lifted the pickguard. I laughed when I saw yours was missing the whammy bar. Mine simply twisted apart after a while as the metal was chrome-plated brass. (Steven)

Eli Arave said...

I was given this exact guitar as a gift and I love it. It has a really great thick buttery tone. The neck is unexpectedly thick very much like a Les Paul. The action is very low with no buzzing. I love playing it. The weaknesses of this guitar are the bridge and the frets, both are being replaced soon. Bottom line, this guitar plays and sounds great. With a few upgrades including tuners bridge and a fret job you will have a vintage Japanese guitar that sounds awesome and has a great feel. Not to mention it looks cool, the lacquer clear coat has held and still adds a lot of depth to the finish. Cheers

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