Dating a teisco
At some point in ’64 the Japanese Teisco logo changed from the circle Swan-S to a stylized, modern sans-serif type set in an italicized T shape.In about 1964, Jack Westheimer began bringing in Teisco guitars bearing the Teisco Del Rey logo.With the renewed interest in these humble guitars growing, I thought it might be time to turn our intention to the story of Tesico guitars.Before we begin, it should be pointed out that some time ago Guitar Player presented the history of Teisco, based on information painstakingly translated from a Japanese article penned by Mr.
Some of the chronology in the GP story is inaccurate.
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.
this site is dedicated to all you guitarists out there who ever owned an old japanese teisco del rey, kingston, world teisco, silvertone, kent, kimberly, heit deluxe guitar, especially those of you who started out with one and still have it today.
i created this site out of frustration at not being able to identify the model of my tiesco del rey, kingston, world teisco, silvertone, kent, kimberly, heit deluxe despite my best online and off-line efforts.
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Nevertheless, for years Teiscos were the object of ridicule, the penultimate examples of “cheap Japanese guitars” (a reputation more based on cultural chauvinism than objective analysis, truth to tell).