Teisco serial number dating

Teisco Del Rey In 1964, the company name changed again, this time to Teisco Co., Ltd.

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A small sliding switch served as a rhythm mute, or lead boost, depending on your point of view.

Some versions of the TG-64 had the same floating-table vibrato system as on the SD-4L; my guess would be that these were earlier versions, although one can’t place too much faith in dating Japanese guitars by hardware appointments.

Also still in the line were the WGs, including the WG-2L, WG-3L and WG-4L.

Many of these are found with the squarish Bizarro Strat head well into ’65, but they are also pictured in the ’64-65 catalog with the new, hooked four-and-two head, so expect to find either.

These were most likely versions of the little MJ and WG guitars.

Classics What most of us know as the classic ’60s Teisco line began in 1964.

This was no doubt added to the Teisco name, in part, to suggest quality.

However, it was also a way to add the de rigeur Spanish cachet necessary for “Spanish” guitars of the time.

It was convention that “Spanish” guitars carried Spanish names, except for the well-known brand names – Gibson, Fender, Martin or Kay; thus the plethora of imported guitars named Greco, Ibanez, Goya and Espaa.

Of course, none of these were made in Spain, but rather in Japan, Japan, Sweden and Finland, respectively!

This had the little hook at the throat like a Strat, and a larger hook on the tip, almost like a Woody Woodpecker plume.

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