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Old 02-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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[HELP] Vintage Unknown Guitar

Hello There,

It's been a while since i've been to this forum, but i came back here because i need your help to identify a guitar.

I traded it in with a guy for two cymbals, he's a drummer and didn't want the guitar that used to be his father 's or something, my guess is that he has no idea of the guitar he just traded, and i think i got a really nice deal.

I dont want to sell the guitar, it's just the right guitar for my band's singer, so no need to tell me it is worth less than it's actually worth xDD

Jokes aside, i really hope someone can identify it because i can't, it's probably older than me anyway, so here goes a gallery of some pictures i took of the guitar:


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Want i want to know about this guitar is:

-Make& Model
-Possibly, year of manufacturing (that would be great, although i can research on my own once i have make and model)
-What kind of bridge is that, since i've never seen one like that
-What kind of tremolo arm could i get to fit it
-What pickups are those (they look really good and i hope they sound equally good, i didn't test them yet cause the tuners are not in really good shape)

Thanks Guys, any info you can get will be more than i know right now, so please tell me anything you might know about it.

What i think i Have:
It is very similar (especially pickups) to some hofner models from the late 60's early 70's, but i haven't seen one that has 4 pickups like mine, so im thinking, maybe a copy inspired in those...

Thanks In Advance
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Can't identify it, but that's one SEXY guitar.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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Can't identify it, but that's one SEXY guitar.


I know right? i really hope it has that vintage tone that i love, can't wait to test it...

Thanks anyway
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:09 PM   #4
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i can't identify the guitar either.

the first thing to come to mind was Goya though. they were a guitar maker back in the day (like the 50's), in the early days they were based outta NY, made guitars in sweden and had them shipped over. later production moved to korea (early 70's or so).

the deal with Goya was you bought the guitar and electronics separate, so you could buy any body style and then pick out the pickup configuration. one of their pickup inserts was a 4 SC configuration with veg-o-matic style buttons.

unfortunately your guitar doesn't quite match the old Goyas.

http://drowninginguitars.files.word...al-electric.jpg

http://drowninginguitars.files.word...eco-4-pup-3.jpg

i would believe that the guitar you are looking at is most likely late 60's/early 70's japan. i would try to find out what is written on the front side of the headstock.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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Teisco Kawai is the only thing I can find, not a whole lot have the same pickguard but they do have that strange trem!

I think this is it. Looks to be the same body, I couldn't find a pick of the same one complete.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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i can't identify the guitar either.

the first thing to come to mind was Goya though. they were a guitar maker back in the day (like the 50's), in the early days they were based outta NY, made guitars in sweden and had them shipped over. later production moved to korea (early 70's or so).

the deal with Goya was you bought the guitar and electronics separate, so you could buy any body style and then pick out the pickup configuration. one of their pickup inserts was a 4 SC configuration with veg-o-matic style buttons.

unfortunately your guitar doesn't quite match the old Goyas.

http://drowninginguitars.files.word...al-electric.jpg

http://drowninginguitars.files.word...eco-4-pup-3.jpg

i would believe that the guitar you are looking at is most likely late 60's/early 70's japan. i would try to find out what is written on the front side of the headstock.


Thats the thing, as you can see, there's nothing written anywhere on the guitar xDD im hoping that if i take out the neck, there'll be something under it, or under the pickguard...

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Old 02-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #7
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Sorry for the giant picture.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:40 PM   #8
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Teisco Kawai is the only thing I can find, not a whole lot have the same pickguard but they do have that strange trem!

I think this is it. Looks to be the same body, I couldn't find a pick of the same one complete.
https://demontguitars.com/Images/Te...nt-side_jpg.jpg


thanks man, that one really helped, i pretty inclined to say it is a teisco, possibly a heit deluxe, although i havent found yet this strat-like body with the four pickups setting
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Sorry for the giant picture.


no prob man, i took it off from the quote and left the link xD
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
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looks like a run of the mill '70s tiesco to me.

they made like every pick up combination imaginable at the time.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en...4EpGI9AS8tYHgDw

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no prob man, i took it off from the quote and left the link xD


I should have just posted the link to begin with.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #12
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I believe it is some variant of a 1960's Silvertone Sharkfin series. Premier Guitar magazine has a write-up on one in the current issue:

http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazi...ET_460_K4L.aspx
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:11 PM   #13
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Definitely looks like a teisco to me. The exact make and model/specs would be hard to determine because they were imported under various names.

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I believe it is some variant of a 1960's Silvertone Sharkfin series. Premier Guitar magazine has a write-up on one in the current issue:

http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazi...ET_460_K4L.aspx


I think Silvertone used to sell rebranded Teisco's, but I can't be sure. Old Japanese guitars can be confusing
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