Friday, October 23, 2009

1960's Teisco Del Rey EP-8T Hollow Body

This is a late 1960's Teisco thinline Hollowbody guitar in the Gibson ES style. The model number listed on the back nameplate is the EP-8T with the T in the model number for the tremolo. The guitar is in very good shape although it's missing the original nameplate and the bridge has been changed out for a modern style. The Tremolo bar is also missing and the spring itself is missing. With the hole in the trussrod pocket it seems this guitar has spent part of it's life as a wall hanger. It has the usual fussy switches and pots that you'll find on a 40 year old guitar that hasn't been restored.

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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.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi!
I have a Teisco EP 8T, too. But in better condition. The pickups are rewinded, they sound loud as a Gibson Les Paul, but with the sound of a Teisco. No craks, I still have the original knobs (but i've change to keep in tune).
I'm from Portugal.

http://i42.tinypic.com/o09u89.jpg

Guitar Hunter said...

Thanks for the picture from Portugal, I like the color of your model better and it is in better condition.

Anonymous said...

I have an EP-8t as well. Missing some parts and the finish is trashed. It is currently completely disassembled and being sanded to be repainted and refinished. Planning on repainting it as bright red as I can find with bright yellow bindings and a big Scuderia Ferrari badge on the lower body. The control plate is missing as well as the pick guard so I will make new ones from pearloid stock, possibly in yellow. It will get all new electroncs and machine heads as well as a new roller tune-o-matic.

In Columbus, Oh.

Anonymous said...

is there any place that i could find the street value of these guitars? i am looking at one used, but i dont know what to offer. any idea what they generally go for?

Guitar Hunter said...

Good luck with your project, it sounds like it's going to look beautiful once you get it painted.

Guitar Hunter said...

One of the purposes of this blog is to document the stree value of these guitars. Keep checking back and I'll have an update on each guitar.

Anonymous said...

amazing

Anonymous said...

greetings from Havertown, PA outside Philly...we have a Teisco Del Rey hollow body model # KEP-81 serial # 374674...it's a red & black sunburst 3/4 size with those finicky rocker switches...can you tell us anything about this instrument? how old is it? approximate value in working condition with chipboard case...this guitar was uncle Lou's and I know it's from the '60s franktac58@gmail.com

thanks, Jesse Tac & dad

D. Geiser for Dapril Studios Inc. said...

hey...
i have what looks like a teisco but says kimberly on the neck and i cannot find really any thing but the term ....May Queen and its got sweet action i found some info but cant tell by any of the picts on the web.

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me anything about Audition brand guitars? Information is very scarce and I'm thinking of buying one. Know any good sites? If so could you please email me the link at penny_chew@hotmail.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Hi Guitar Hunter! I have a Teisco Del Rey in fantastic shape which I bought new and have rarely played. It is a model EP-8T with a serial number of 257901. I would like to know how I go about finding what the approximate date of manufacture of this guitar is and how I would go about finding its present worth. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I have an EP-8T hollow-body, near perfect condition with a Checkmate 12 amp, also in near perfect condition. How much would these two sell for? I may be willing to sell.

Anonymous said...

I have an ep-8t as well. Only has one string, electronics seem to be in place, might need dusting. The levers and knobs are there, but the plastic face is busted. The tremolo arm is also missing. The paint and possibly body itself might be a little cracked. I want to restore it, but the project might be far above my price range.

Anonymous said...

I have an EP 8T also. Mine has a white pickguard, and the backing plate for the controls is white, instead of black.
I have the trem bar and spring installed. I took the original tuning machines off cause they suck, and wont stay in tune. But I have saved them.
It has a fairly intact finish, though one of my sons played with it, and it has some belt buckle scratches on the back. It is my "toy". I rarely play it cause the pick-ups (by design) are somewhat microphonic.
I would like to sell it, but I don't know what the thing is worth.

skcitssa said...

Hello, I also have one however, it has been thru much in its life I need parts does anyone know where to get any? If not the originals at lest something to play in my ska band?

Anonymous said...

I just bought a mint condition EP-8T in the original cardboard box with paperwork for $210.00 on e-bay! I feel as though I stole this beautiful guitar at that price.......

Anonymous said...

I have ep-8t ser. no. 763542 perfect cond all factory would like to know its value charger061@verizon.net

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