Warning: Those of you familiar with my Two Wheels blog know how I can geek out about bicycles. Be forewarned that I am fully capable of doing the same in regards to guitars.
In the past month, I have acquired three vintage 1960s Japanese electric guitars. All three were acquired at less than the going market price, for which I am grateful. I am not the only one who appreciates these things, it seems, and the prices are well above the $5.00 to $20.00 I paid for similar instruments back in the late 70s/early 80s.
Teisco ET-220 (Electric Tremelo 2-pickups), also called the Spectrum 2. The Teisco DelRey nameplate is missing from the headstock, so I have to assume the previous owner did not know the brand, nor did the "we sell your junk on eBay" company which listed it. I happened to see the listing, but I think the Teisco collectors must have all missed it, since I got it for less than half of what a similar model sold for in the same week.
Tokyo Electrical Instrument and Sound Company facility, I don't know if it was branded as a Teisco. I have never seen a Teisco E-100 with the polished aluminum pickguard, but everything else matches up. Of course, Teisco sold guitars with many, many different brand names to different importers/department stores/music store chains in the 1960s.
This guitar has the thickest, most baseball bat-like neck I have ever seen, which is good since it has no truss rod.
I can't find a picture of an exact match for this guitar, but I have found some similar ones branded as "Winston" and "Zen-On". I suspect that the E-100 was the same, due to the polished pickguard.
I plan on trying to get this one in as good shape as the E-100. I stuck the one string and a bridge on it, just to see if the electronics work, and the tone is great, as it sits. I think it will make a nice player, once it's spiffed up a bit.