Friday, October 16, 2009

1960's Silvertone (Teisco) 1435 Two Pickup Guitar

The Silvertone 1435 guitar was part of the mid 1960's offerings of Teisco by way of Sears. Since they were never listed in any major seasonal Sears catalogs from that era they must have been offered only in select stores. Being as there are no catalog references, the only other resource is Teisco info from that period of time which is scarce as well. It appears this guitar is based on the MJ-2L model that was available from Teisco under their name. Most Teiscos sported striped metal pickguards from 1965 on so we can use this as a general guide for dating these guitars. This one is complete except for the missing namebadge and even has the hard to find Tremolo bar.

PA231297
PA231302
PA231299
PA231300
PA231298
PA231301

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.

This guitar will be sold on ebay soon. Check my about me page for the ebay listing.

8 comments:

rock and roll history said...

I have the bass version of this guitar.
Short scale, one gold foil pickup, volume, tone, real simple. It had been stripped and painted. I re-stripped the paint job and gave it a nice clear coat to preserve the natural wood.
I picked it up at a junk store for $85!

Guitar Hunter said...

I don't think I've ever seen the bass version of a 1435 but I'd love to see a picture.

rock and roll history said...

I'll take a couple shots and send you a link.
Gimmie a day or two.

Guitar Hunter said...

Thanks, and I'll post guitars of other readers as well so long as they fit in with the rest.

rock and roll history said...

Here's a link to an album i created on Picasa. The light in my kitchen aint the greatest (and forgive the grungy floor- we're in the process of remodeling.) Also- i took a couple shots of my Inter-Mark 'Cipher' guitar too. I figured a guy who does a blog like this would find it interesting. I have combed the far corners of the internet and haven't come up with a whole lot of info on it...

Here's the link:
http://picasaweb.google.com/willie.b.hardagain/Guitars?feat=directlink

Guitar Hunter said...

Great guitars, both of them. Thanks for sharing.

rock and roll history said...

Oops. I moved that album. Here's an updated link.

http://picasaweb.google.com/Chicago1918/Guitars#

Guitar Hunter said...

Thanks for the updated link R&R History.

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