While on a business trip, this week, I visited a music store in Grand Junction, which I have frequented for nearly 20 years, now. I bought my red 1966 Harmony H-72 from from Hart Music, in 1997, and I always stop in to talk to Jan on the way through.
This time, in response to my usual, "Got anything cool and old, since I saw you last?" Jan told me that he didn't have anything remarkable. Then, I spied this guitar hanging way up high, on the wall.
"What about that?"
"Oh, that? It's not worth much..." He then quoted me what I thought was a really low price, so I bought it.
It is a Sekova, one of the less well-known Japanese guitars from the old days. Apparently built in the factory which also produced Aria guitars, among others, it is outfitted with the standard 1960s Japanese Teisco-style pickups and a very Teisco-like control panel. These parts were probably actually sourced from Teisco. The tuners, and the quality of construction (including multi-layered body binding) put it somewhat higher up the scale than most of the Teiscos I have owned, however.
I feel a bit guilty for buying yet another guitar, so I have put this one up on eBay. If it sells, then I turn a quick profit. If it doesn't, then I will take that as a sign that I am meant to keep it (for a little while, at least).
We'll see how it goes.
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