Up for sale, a 1960s Teisco Conqueror-branded in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Conqueror was one of many small OEM Japanese brands that cropped up during the 1960s, with some of their guitars distributed in America by Bruno. The pair of center pole Gold Foil pickups have an articulate, broad quality, with plenty of glassy, sparkling treble and a focused, sweet bass register. Either soloed or combined, the Gold Foils have a full spectrum sound and nice midrange character, sensitive to picking dynamics and offering great clarity even with the Tone knob rolled fully back. This Conqueror is featherweight at just 5lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action and optimal intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, offering a hair more heft in the upper registers, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 9 1/2“ radius and retains the stock medium fretwire. The frets have flat crowns, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive truss rod. The scale length is 23 1/2“, and the fretboard measures 1.650” wide at the zero fret, just forward of the nut. The headstock retains its raised Conqueror badge, and the in-line open gear tuners function as intended.
On the body, the electronics include two-way on/off switches for each Gold Foil pickup and Master Volume and Tone controls. Plastics include the original pair of evenly-yellowed knobs and the three-ply white pickguard. The hardware is all notably clean with bright chrome plating, including the bridge and the unique vibrato (no arm is present) tailpiece which retains its "ashtray" cover.
The three-tone gloss Sunburst finish is 100% original, and cosmetic wear includes some light pick wear across the strum path, and some minor dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, primarily concentrated on the bass side of the top and along the lower bout body edge. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.