Help identifying vintage guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Yeokp0909, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. Yeokp0909

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    I recently picked up an old (Japanese?) hollow body and I need help identifying it. My best guess is a Teisco or Kawai from 50’s or 60’s.

    The neck is not original to the guitar, and I can’t find any other labels, logos, or numbers to go off of. It’s in pretty rough shape, but I think I can get it in good playing condition with a little work. It’s got a ton of mojo!

    Some known facts:
    -Neck is not original to the body. It is a different color, appears to be much newer than the body, and it was shaved down to fit the neck pocket of the body. So pay no attention to the headstock shape or logo. (It says “Lark”, by the way.)
    -This has been heavily modified by previous owner(s). The body was routed for humbuckers, access holes were cut into the back to access wiring, and Gibson-style pick guard was installed.

    If anyone has any clue of what this is, I’m all ears!
     
  2. stormin1155

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    Sorry, I can't help. Looks to be pretty much a parts guitar, so real hard to tell what it (the body) was originally. The construction looks a bit rough, so it could possibly even be a home-made creation.
     
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    Two questions...

    What are the letters on the headstock...

    Can you see a label inside the F holes...
     
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    So do you think the op’s guitar has the original neck
    He says it’s a different color it may have been painted from the factory because it’s laminated or some crazy piece of wood
    The finger board and frets certainly look old in the photos
     
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    That body looks like it was cut from cardboard by a 2nd grader... in a good way.:) What a funky looking thing.

    How does it play? Sound?
     
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    Okay, maybe not original. Certainly the unmatched neck screws aren't. Still, bolt-on necks for hollowbody and acoustic guitars were a hallmark of cheap 60s imports.

    I guess it probably is a mutt, maybe even a homemade or school shop project body - certainly the top & back are pretty crudely drawn.

    But my vote is still for cheap import; it isn't that simple to make an arched top at home. I'd expect someone with the skill to do it themselves would've done a better job.
     
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    Pull the access covers off and look inside. That might clue you in on what it started out as. My guess is that it was a vintage Kay that somebody hot rodded into the Griswold family truckster of guitars.
     
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    1. Lark
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    Second grader cutout- yes! It needs some work before it is playable, but it has a very funky sound- lots of character.

    It’s actually a flat top. No arch at on on this one. It could quite possible be a homemade job.
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    The access holes on the back are not original, very crudely cut out. No clues inside- the pots and all the wiring have been replaced.
     
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    Gotta say. Without an arch I’m leaning towards homemade. Cool project though.
     
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    It looks like a Gresch Tenesseen to me! Maybe the neck broke and they bolted on one?
     
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    "Crudely cut" is a very strong clue. Not luthier built then, not an expensive instrument, likely laminate body....what do the braces look like? The bracing is unique to every brand and could answer a lot of questions.
     
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    Why do 99.9999999% of threads on forums about Japanese guitars have to have someone insist on typing "Teisco"? They didn't even have their own factory, Teiscos were made in a factory with a bunch of other brands.
     
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    UR rite! Haha
    Always Teisco
     
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    Japson L5 prototype?
     
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