Pawn shop Teisco.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by John Backlund, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. John Backlund

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    I saw this old Teisco on a rack in a local pawnshop about an hour ago. It was priced at $149.95, but they said I could have it for $100. It's probably missing some trem parts, but otherwise, it's halfway decent considering it's age. It's too bad that either 'Betty', or her boyfriend, scratched that name into the headstock face, but I suppose it gives the guitar a bit of mystery to it's past.

    Anyway I didn't even plug it in to see if it makes any electronic noises before buying it (foolishly), but what the hell. I'm heading home now, so I'll try it out there and see what I bought, but I sense that it was an ok deal for $100.

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  2. ricardo1912

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    Good score. I wouldn't have been able to leave that behind either.
     
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    Great find, and in excellent shape! I think the "Betty" adds to the coolness quite a bit. It gives it a secret back story. Make one up!
     
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    Looks like it's in nice shape, plus it already came named. Those are the gold foil pickups, no?
     
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    Betty's a babe. Congrats.
     
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    I would.

    But there was a time when I wanted one of those to use as a lap steel.
     
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    Teisco Tulip:

     
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    I believe that head-stock note makes it a "signature" model
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  9. 24 track

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    fendergyrl was really knowledgable about the old tiescos ( at one point she had a few)

    there are 3 for sale on Ebay right now one for 425.00 and two for about 325.00 mark

    Nice score John
     
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    I have the prior Tulip model with the Jazzmaster-style pickups. Sounds so much bigger than I expected.

    For those searching out the light weight guitars ... the neck is like a Strat while the whole guitar only weighs 5.5 lbs. ... you could play two of these guitars and still only be at the weight of one LP. Of course you'd spend ten times as much with the LP and be anxious the headstock could fly off at any hint of excessive vibration. lol.

    Switching is fun, on-off for each pickup and if both are on then the pickups are in series. No humbucking though.
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    You bought Betty! How awesome is that! Congratulations on your new axe.
     
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    Good ! :cool:

    It's the kind of guitars that doesn't exist in France. Or if you find one, it is sold like the latest marvel of the world, with a crazy price in accordance. :(

    And finding one in LH is Science-Fiction, indeed ! :lol:

    -tbln
     
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    At least now you don't need to think of a name for her.
     
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    None of the bridges above will play in tune...which is fine for out of tune, poor boy blues...maybe. I sell,those for next to nothing to get them gone. I have installed different bridges on them for a few folks so that they can play in tune, but that is worth more than the guitar, imho. Ommv. fwiw, there are ‘Tiesco’ guitars that have correct bridges on them.
     
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  15. John Backlund

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    Due mostly to my....um...level of guitar musicianship, I hesitate to post a video of me playing anything with strings, but I'll try to post a brief video of this guitar tommorow, but I've been noodling around with it for an hour or so now, and I think I may have gotten lucky.

    Everything seems to work well, it has a surprisingly playable neck (at my level of playing anyway), and sounds pretty good through my little Vox Pathfinder and ancient DigiTech effects pedal (incidentally, both also 'pawnshop prizes').

    I'm having a pretty good time with it.

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    Strings are probably already high, add Distortion and break out the slide = :):cool:
     
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  17. John Backlund

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    Maybe it's been worked on at sometime (I doubt it),but the string height really isn't bad on this one, it's very playable.
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  18. Mike Simpson

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    Cool Teisco Tulip, I have one I bought for $40 but it was more cobbled up that that one.

    We should start a thread about guitars that someone carved their name in... I have 1 or 2 like that.

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    Just sold a single PU that was pretty much time machine, probably because even w/ the 0 fret the nut was too high for it to play in tune on 1st position chords...
    Fixed that and it was much better, paid 50 flipped it for $100 probably a little more realistic than on line prices. I have had a number of these over the years ( or variations there of) fun but nothing I hold on to.
     
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    My God.... my first gitfiddle!!!!
     
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