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1960s Teisco Del Rey ET-220 Spectrum Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst, 100% Original, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1960's Teisco ET-220 Spectrum in excellent, 100% original condition and in good working order. This vintage Japanese-made guitar features a pair of highly regarded split coil Spectrum pickups which are particularly warm and sweet-sounding, with more sparkle and cut from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup delivers a thick, smokey sound. The pickups are not potted and quite microphonic, with a dynamic quality that’s sensitive to picking. The Rhythm/Solo tone switch works opposite of how one would expect, brighter and more clear in the Rhythm setting, and particularly dark in the Solo setting. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and easy-playing action.

The multi-ply laminate neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and plenty of substance while still being effortlessly navigable, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which are quite low, leveled and crowned and showing no wear, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale. The fretboard measures 1 11/16" in width at the zero fret just forward of the nut, and the headstock has a universal string tree to ensure ideal break angle behind the nut for all strings. The headstock features a rosewood veneer, with the two metal pins present for mounting the Teisco disc logo (not included), and the open-gear strip tuners function as intended.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the switches engage well. The vibrato is a very nicely machined piece of hardware, and the vibrato arm responds very quickly for surfy shimmies and deeper dives, pairing well with the roller bridge, made almost identically to Gretsch's Space Control design, offering adjustable string spacing. Quite a bit of the notoriously thin gold plating is still intact on the hardware and plastics, and much of the gold silkscreened flower graphics on the pickguard have been worn off across the strum path. Wear on the Sunburst gloss finish is limited to just a few very minor marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole.

A gigbag is included.