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  • #16
    I'd love one.

    They can't be any worse than the Korean Eastwoods.


    Yes, they can.
    At least they had the cool quirky sounding pickups. That was their only high point.
    From a build standpoint, the Eastwoods are all over the originals, but unfortunately, the Eastwoods use generic pickups that don't sound like the originals at all.
    We're not in Kansas anymore.

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    • BG76
      BG76 commented
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      The only one I would consider buying would be a May Queen. IIRC someone here has one. Other then that I'm not interested.


    • Bucksstudent
      Bucksstudent commented
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      Elias Graves wrote:
      I'd love one.

      They can't be any worse than the Korean Eastwoods.


      Yes, they can.
      At least they had the cool quirky sounding pickups. That was their only high point.
      From a build standpoint, the Eastwoods are all over the originals, but unfortunately, the Eastwoods use generic pickups that don't sound like the originals at all.

      I owned a Saturn 63 for several years. It felt like a toy. I was fourteen and could have spent over 600 dollars on a better guitar. Do you know how hard it is to get that money when you're fourteen? It didn't help that the owner of Eastwood was a dick to me.


  • #17

    I have owned and played some Teiscos that had no issues that needed to be addressed.  The one I owned, a mid-1960s WG-2L, was a decent player with a twangy sound.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a playable older guitar for around $100.  All I had to do to it was to change the strings to the kind I liked.  The fact that I was able to locate a Teisco in decent playable condition is a good indication that you could too.  But it is also very possible that you may come across several old Teiscos that have plenty of issues that you may not want to bother with until you find one that doesn't need a lot of work or possibly doesn't need any work at all.  Though if you are persistent and actually serious about locating playable old Teiscos you can find them.  

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    • Malcolm Ramone
      Malcolm Ramone commented
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      Just remember they were the First Acts of the 60s-70s, and not intended to be much more. The fact that they often do have cool sounds and funky style, and are still relatively cheap, is gravy! -Adam

  • #18

    I played this until the neck fell off. I think it cost $19.95

    <then I got this (which I still have)

    1967

    1967

     

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    So many guitars, so little time

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    • Emory
      Emory commented
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       I am old enough to remember seeing those at the local discount department stores. Even though I was new to guitar, I also curled my lip at those POS. I pitied the poor kids that spent their money on an item almost guaranteed to make them give up guitar playing.


    • ruffruffdeacon
      ruffruffdeacon commented
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      So..... I drive like 100 miles (7 mi. of it on a rocky dirt road) to buy what I was told was a guitar made in 1971 woodshop from a kit that the students could pick for a graded project. The guy obviously lived in the boonies and had no working utilities. (Hence no pics to go by) So, I get there and at first I believe it. Then I pick up the covered in dirt guitar wipe it off a little and realize it's an old Japanese guitar. It looked in really bad shape. I could barely see the tobacco burst paint under the thick layer of dust. I am not exaggerating. It was very disappointing at the time. Something told me that I didn't drive all that way for nothing and maybe the parts might be worth something, who knows. I payed $30 that I was pissed at myself for paying at the time after the Hellish drive and all. I carefully took the entire guitar apart, and thoroughly detailed everything and put it back together. Beautiful. I research it the next day and find out it is a Teisco ET 300 with the RY Cooder Gold Foil Pickups. Everything worked on the guitar perfectly!!! The pickups sell all day long for $100 each and there is the complete set of 3 on it all working and sounding great. So should you buy one of these guitars??? People eat these parts up for big bucks - trems body, bridge, tuners, necks, etc. So... It's kind of a novelty thing for the most part, but those Ry Cooder pup's do sound sweet as Hell. No denying that.








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