Dating a teisco
A lot of information on this web site has been discovered from the trends in this chart.The Teisco serial chart was reconstructed from serial numbers off Teisco guitars that have surfaced on the internet since 2007. (And at that time they didn't even have a Spectrum 5.) So what if someone recorded every spectrum 5 serial number they could find and see if it linked up?Below: Perhaps my favorite 1960’s guitars, the Domino’s.Teisco (テスコ) was a Japanese manufacturer of affordable musical instruments from 1948 until 1969, and now the brand is owned by Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. Teisco products were widely exported to the United States and the United Kingdom.There are some interruptions in the data for some of the above, but the accuracy is probably the best that will ever surface.
Teisco Del Rey In 1964, the company name changed again, this time to Teisco Co., Ltd.
This had an italicized Teisco superimposed over a crown with a script Del Rey underneath, backed by a round circle.
Occasionally, you may see plain Teisco logos from this period with the crown in the background, but no Del Rey.
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.
You’ll see the inspiration for launching Eastwood Guitars in these images below. I took it to the local luthier and asked him to refinish it, to remove the awful sticker. A couple of Fender Duo-Sonics, which were the inspiration for the Warren Ellis Tenor Series.