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Vintage Teisco ET-200 Electric Guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Johnny Teisco, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Johnny Teisco

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    Hi guys! First time user here! Found this mint Teisco ET-200 electric guitar at Guitar Center today for $180, complete with original case. What a beauty! Almost everything about it is FLAWLESS, complete with Teisco badge at the headstock and whammy bar (not present; inside my case). The only exception is a small ding at the back side.

    What caught me off guard about this guitar is that when I opened up the guitar, it was made of SOLID WOOD. NOT plywood. I also have a Teisco "Checkmate" E-110 guitar where not only is the body and neck made of plywood, but the FRETBOARD is made of plywood, stained to look like rosewood! Neat! I think it may be made of Sen wood.

    When I first got it from Guitar Center, the neck was totally banana'd and the action is a mile high. The guitar has a truss rod but you'd have to pull the neck out to adjust it. When I got to adjust it, I noticed the truss rod was doing absolutely nothing! It was never tightened and the nut was just jiggling. I sought to tighten it and lo and behold, the neck straightened up perfectly with smooth action.

    Neck feels nice and a bit chunky and really fast. Frets are in good condition but are quite tiny but I managed to do a few aggressive bends with minimal effort.There are a few buzzy frets here and there but not too much of a problem.

    Pickups are warm and articulate and have a very unique midrangy sound. They are also notably microphonic, but that wasn't much of a problem here:



    In summary, I LOVE THIS THING!!!

    I'm plugged into my Ditto Looper, GFS Retroverb, SkullytoneFX Russian Spy, and a MojoMojo Overdrive into my Fender Champion 600.
     
  2. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Nice score, more pictures please!
     
  3. Jupiter

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    I used to have one like in your avatar. Never got it to sound as good as your vid, though...
     
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    Nice playing and jamming JT. With many of those cheap J guitars, adding overdrive/gain makes them come alive and give the gold foil sound. Your video gave a nice example of that.
     
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    You sound great on that thing! This shows how hit-or-miss these Teiscos (and other brands) from this era are, some are great, and others... Not so much. Yours is nice, and you play it well. Enjoy!
     
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    Here you go: SANY0126.JPG SANY0127.JPG SANY0129.JPG SANY0128.JPG SANY0133.JPG
     
  7. Johnny Teisco

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    This one's definitely a hit! My other "Checkmate" which is the one on my avatar is a miss, unless you put a bit of work into it. Frets were buzzing all over when I got it, intonation was sooooo off that I had to unscrew the bridge and move it back a couple centimeters to get the intonation close. Tuners were hard to turn and couldn't stay in tune. I later found out the string bar/tree holding the strings in place was causing a lot of friction, making the guitar hard to keep in tune. AND...it's plywood lol :)
     
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    Yup! Gives that Hound Dog Taylor type sound too! Although I don't exactly play slide myself :p
     
  9. Controller

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    Wow, looks like it was rarely played, thanks for the additional pics!
     
  10. Johnny Teisco

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    Yup! Even the frets have no fretwear!
     
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    Great tone! Tasteful playing, too!
     
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    syrynx Tele-Afflicted

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    Johnny Teisco, welcome to TDPRI. I nominate this as the best NGD post I've ever seen: Outstanding deal, outstanding detail, outstanding demo. I had to watch and hear your E-110 Improvisation in D also, and was blown away by your amidexterity. Thanks very much!
     
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    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! :)
     
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    Thanks so much! I try my best! And yes, I'm ambidextrous. These are NOT wallhangers! Not in my book! I love my Teiscos to bits! Check out my other vids! I'll keep posting these two in action quite often. :)
     
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    More pics:
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    Oh yeah forgot to mention: that fourth picture, apparently someone stripped a screw at the neck plate ahead of mine...
     
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    I've got a similar guitar with the same pickups. It has superb tone. I am beginning to believe the claims of wood needing years to settle. My teisco has better acoustic tone than any guitar I own. They are remarkable bargains. I have never seen such a pristine example, though. Awesome acquisition!
     
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    Thanks! These teisco pickups are awesome! Bell-like, midrangy, and articulate and, of course, microphonic! Really picks up the nuances of your playing. This old Japanese piece of wood n' strings sings!
     
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    Great demo!
     
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    Thank you! :)
     
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    I believe that guitar spent practically all it's life in a case. Never seen a rear ID plate in that good of condition, looks new.
     
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