Teisco ET-440 Spectrum 4 (mid-1960s) SOLD!

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Q: Why does this guitar have four pickups? A: Because five wouldn’t fit! It is true that some, if not most, Teisco guitars were inexpensive student-grade instruments from a long-bygone era when Japanese products didn’t enjoy the same reputation for quality they have since earned. That said, this Teisco ET-440, more commonly known as a Spectrum 4, falls outside the “spectrum” (sorry—couldn’t resist) of inexpensive student instruments. With its slider-controlled pickup switching, elaborate floral pickguard, chrome roller bridge (including a mute bar that provides a modest muffling effect that was once de rigueur with surf guitarists), and thin overlay of “rosewood” on the headstock, this instrument is simultaneously flashy and quaintly old-fashioned. The wiring on this guitar is complicated, but fairly easy to grasp with a few minutes’ practice. The tone is bright, surfy and, not surprisingly, a bit reminiscent of a Jaguar or Jazzmaster, but with a bit more Rickenbacker-esque jangle. We particularly liked plugging it into a Fender Deluxe with only a clean boost to push the slightly underwound pickups a bit. One cool detail: each of the heigh-adjustable pickups is labeled Bass, Treble, and Spectrum. Ships with a newer gigbag. In very good condition, except for a few surface mars, and a couple of dings on the lower bout (see photo). SOLD!

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Q: Why does this guitar have four pickups? A: Because five wouldn’t fit! It is true that some, if not most, Teisco guitars were inexpensive student-grade instruments from a long-bygone era when Japanese products didn’t enjoy the same reputation for quality they have since earned. That said, this Teisco ET-440, more commonly known as a Spectrum 4, falls outside the “spectrum” (sorry—couldn’t resist) of inexpensive student instruments. With its slider-controlled pickup switching, elaborate floral pickguard, chrome roller bridge (including a mute bar that provides a modest muffling effect that was once de rigueur with surf guitarists), and thin overlay of “rosewood” on the headstock, this instrument is simultaneously flashy and quaintly old-fashioned. The wiring on this guitar is complicated, but fairly easy to grasp with a few minutes’ practice. The tone is bright, surfy and, not surprisingly, a bit reminiscent of a Jaguar or Jazzmaster, but with a bit more Rickenbacker-esque jangle. We particularly liked plugging it into a Fender Deluxe with only a clean boost to push the slightly underwound pickups a bit. One cool detail: each of the heigh-adjustable pickups is labeled Bass, Treble, and Spectrum. Ships with a newer gigbag. In very good condition, except for a few surface mars, and a couple of dings on the lower bout (see photo). SOLD!