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1990s Teisco Spectrum 5 Vintage Reissue Guitar Metallic Blue, Japan Kawai


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Up for sale, a 1990's Teisco Spectrum 5 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very rare 1st run reissue made by Kawai in Japan (not the current Ikebe model) and discontinued long ago, this guitar is a significantly more accurate and finely crafted version of the Spectrum 5 than the current Eastwood reissues, with the correct 4x2 tuner orientation on the headstock, deep German Carve on the body contours, and large chrome vibrato unit with Teisco-branded cover. It's uncommon for a reissue instrument to excel beyond the features and playability of the original example, but the Teisco Spectrum reissues are those rare instruments that truly do improve on their predecessors, with tighter tolerances, better fit and finish work, and more reliable, better machined hardware.

The trio of original Z coil pickups are bright and percussive, with plenty of snap and hollow twang. The five two-way switches allow for a wide variety of tonal choices (and inspired the name for the guitar), in addition to a sixth switch that toggles between Mono and Stereo operation. With a solid mahogany body, this guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with moderate shoulder and just a hair more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The 22 fret thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender fretwire and distinctive pearloid T inlays. The frets are flawless, and the guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The neck is 1 11/16" wide at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock features Teisco's 1960s-style metal disc logo as well as a set of chrome tuning machines that hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, with the only patina of note on the pickup pole pieces. Plastic parts are equally clean, including the raised Spectrum 5 badge and multi-colored two-way pickup switches. The vibrato actuates very easily, with a smooth, quick response, and the unit retains its large cover and Teisco disc logo. The deep German Carve on the wicked curves and contours of the Spectrum body shape really make this guitar stand out, and the Blue Metallic finish is a deep, saturated shade and remarkably well-kept. Cosmetic wear is limited to one small ding on top to the bass side of the vibrato unit, some faint localized finish scratches at the bass-side waist on the back, and a few additional minor marks on the back. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile has only a couple tiny shallow marks and a bit of wear through the gloss on the treble-side fretboard edge from frets 2-4.

The original Teisco-branded padded gigbag is included.