True museum piece – as clean as it looks in the pics. So many of these old Teisco and Teisco Del Ray guitars are beaters that it’s very unusual to come across one that’s in pristine condition, especially one without any finish checking. For many players in the 60’s, this was their first guitar and since so many were sold to kids, and the fact that they weren’t very expensive, most did not receive the care of a fine musical instrument, rather, they were treated as a toy that Junior outgrew and they went out in the shed with the chemistry set and Chutes and Ladders game. Teisco was one of many Japan factories that flourished during the guitar boom of the 60’s. Unlike many others, they tended to use their own designs rather than building copies. Most of their guitars before this year featured a 4+2 headstock, for instance, and they had some very unusual body shapes. This one is referred to as the “Tulip” body, due to its resemblance to the flower. Beginning the year after this one was built, Teisco jumped on the bandwagon and began building more and more copies, and most of their unique shapes went away. I’ve come across many old Teisco’s which were horrible players and since they don’t have an adjustable truss rod, most were relegated to becoming slide guitars. That is not the case with this one. The action is very comfortable throughout the fretboard. With its single toaster style pickup, located in the middle position, it has a rather mellow tone that sounds like a cross between a Jazzmaster neck and Strat middle pickup. Dating Teisco’s is ambiguous, but the Teisco (without the “Del Ray”), the tulip body in an E-110, and the 6/side headstock, pretty much puts it at a ’69. There are a few good web sites on Teisco’s, here’s one on Facebook with links to old catalogs and another one called Teisco Twangers. If you’re a collector of guitars in the finest condition, or simply want a cool, feather weight guitar that’s fun to play, this one’s hard to beat for $219.