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1960s Teisco Del Rey ET-220 Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w/ Gold Foils, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1960's Teisco ET-220, professionally setup to play its with a pair of highly regarded Japanese gold foil pickups. This vintage Japanese-made guitar features solid mahogany body and neck construction, and the natural acoustic tone is clear and warm. One of the more desirable gold foil iterations (Ry Cooder being a primary reason), these center pole piece foils have a clear, vocal upper midrange quality. Offering a sparkling, authoritative cut in each pickup position, the sound is more snappy at the bridge, and more bell-like and full at the neck. The guitar is featherweight at 5lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and easy-playing action.

The mahogany neck has a chunky “baseball bat” C-shaped profile carve, measuring .930" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has rectangular position markers, and the original slender frets show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains its Teisco disc logo. The individual open-gear tuners have clean plating, large white buttons and original plastic bushings, functioning as intended.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the pair of dished rocker switches engage well. Each pickup has dedicated Volume and Tone knobs with a substituted quartet of black reflector cap knobs, and the pickups themselves have been shifted towards the treble side of the body, with the pickup poles now lining up much better with the strings than their factory placement. There is gleaming chrome plating on the roller bridge and pickup covers, and the machined aluminum pickguard retains the original "Mic" pickup selector stickers. The original foil sticker is also intact on the neck plate, with the "ET-220" model designation still faintly visible. The original transparent Cherry gloss finish shows some scratches central to the lower bout on the back, with various additional minor marks on the body as a whole.

A gigbag is included.