Up for sale, a 1990's Teisco Spectrum 5 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. 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, more reliable and 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 6oz and has been 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 shape with slightly shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a bit more heft as you travel up the board without getting chunky, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The 22 fret thick slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this particular tonewood, retaining the original slender fretwire and distinctive pearloid T inlays. The frets are in great shape, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6, and the guitar plays cleanly in all registers. The scale length measures 24 3/4", and the neck is 1 11/16" wide at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum 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 hardware and plastic parts are positively gleaming including the raised Spectrum 5 badge and multi-colored two-way pickup switches. The vibrato actuates easily, with a smooth, Bigsby-esque response, and there's just a light speckling of patina on the bridge saddles. 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 finish chip on the outside edge of the treble-side cutaway, a few additional tiny marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, and an extra strap button hole adjacent to the neck plate. The neck profile gloss is smooth to the palm and extremely clean.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, faithful in materials and shape to the '60s Spectrum cases with a ribbon to hold the neck in place. An original hangtag is also included.