VINTAGE, 1960s, Made in Japan. This guitar has been identified as Kawai manufactured, unknown model (a photo of a similar model can be seen in Frank Meyers “History of Japanese Electric Guitars” on the bottom of page 69). To this day, almost 60 years after they were manufactured, many people still refer to any electric guitar manufactured in Japan during the 1960s as a “TEISCO” guitar! Although Teisco was one of the pioneers of the solid body electric guitar industry in Japan in the 1950s with their models TG-54,TN-54, J-1 and J-2 it was Kawai who were well positioned in the distribution of musical instruments from their piano manufacturing. When the guitar craze of the mid 1960s blossomed, Kawai became the GIANT of the 1960s Japanese electric guitar manufacturing industry, supplying many dozens of distributors in the USA and Euope with a steady supply of the guitars they demanded. Brands such as Decca, Domino, Ibanez, Kent, Kingston, National, Norma, Segova, Silvertone, St. George, Telestar, Audition, Kay, Noble, Truetone, Zimgar and many, many other Kawai manufactured guitars were branded with over 50 such names and more than 200 different models! Kawai gobbled up their competitors like Shino Gakki in 1966, and Teisco in 1967. Kawai continued to brand their own Kawai manufactured guitars as “TEISCO” into the late 1970s, launching what guitar collectors refer to as the “lawsuit” era, with Kawai producing copies of the well known guitar models of Fender and Gibson until the intellectual property/copyright infringement issue was settled.  THIS IS A VINTAGE 1960S ERA INSTRUMENT! PLEASE DON’T EXPECT IT TO SOUND LIKE, FEEL LIKE, OR PLAY LIKE THE 2022 CHINESE MADE SQUIER STRATOCASTER YOU TRIED OUT AT GUITAR CENTER!

All of my guitars have been fully tested and are functional. All of my guitars have been “set up” (neck straightness adjusted when possible, fingerboard oil treated (if rosewood/laurel/ebony), action set, pickup height optimized, intonation checked) to MY PERSONAL PREFERENCES (as LOW as possible). Please note: “setups” are not “one size fits all”. Your personal set up requirements might be different from mine, so, additional adjustments may be needed to suit your setup preferences. To protect the guitar from damage, the string tension will be relieved before shipping per requirements. You'll need to tune the guitar to pitch when it arrives. Let the instrument acclimate to your environment! Differences in altitude and temperature from my shop to your location have an effect on the instrument. Additionally, vibrations caused during days in a truck being shipped to you might loosen screws and bolts! This is a perfectly NORMAL occurrence during shipping! It doesn’t mean your instrument is DAMAGED! Because of all these factors, you will NOT be able to pull this instrument out of the shipping box and start playing it! Also, for optimal sound and playing ease, I advise buyers to put a new set of strings on the guitar, the string brand and gauge of their preference.

***Condition Disclaimer***PLEASE READ THIS!
This is a USED item. Please see images for details and ask any questions you may have I strive to provide detailed photographs that accurately represent each item I sell. However, there may be some scratches, nicks, dents, scuffs, chips, and other honest wear that do NOT SHOW UP IN A PHOTOGRAPH, as well as variations in color due to photographic lighting! Please do not hesitate to request additional SPECIFIC photos of an item BEFORE YOU PURCHASE! 100% full functionality of an item as if it were “brand new” is not implied and cannot be guaranteed. I list PREVIOUSLY OWNED items. Please read the condition description in my listing and study the definition for each condition grade. Please do not expect a “MINT” guitar if I have posted “GOOD” condition in a listing.


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  • Vintage Made in Japan Offset Body Electric Guitar
  • Red Burst
  • 1960s
Made In
  • Japan
Body Type
  • Solid Body

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Steve the Guitar Doctor

Butler, NJ, United States
Joined Reverb:2018

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