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Vintage TEISCO Model ET-440 Electric Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by free511, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. free511

    free511 Member

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    I am new to this site and I mainly want to see what my guitar is worth. It was given to me over 20 years ago and I never took up playing guitar (I used to play drums). I would appreciate any info I might be able to get on it. I do know that it is a TEISCO Model ET-440 Electric Guitar and I think it is from the '60s
    Thanks,
    John.........

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  2. Pete Galati

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    Thanks, Pete for the tip. I would say mine is in as good condition. I don't think it was ever really played much. The case pictured on eBay is said to be the original case...is that true? It looks like an acoustic case to me, but I don't know much about it. Thanks again.
    John........
     
  4. Pete Galati

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    That looks like an acoustic guitar case to me too. But the headstock end does sort of bend like it was made for that guitar.

    I don't know anything about Teisco guitars though. I was curious when you mentioned having one, so I checked to see if myrareguitars.com was selling anything similar first, and he wasn't, so I checked Ebay.

    I think there used to be a guy writing a column for Guitar Player Magazine who wrote using the alias Teisco Delray. Maybe someone else here remembers those columns.

    Pete
     
  5. Brian D

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    Yeah Pete, there was a Guitar Player column writer who went by that name. I seem to recall that he did used guitar reviews and had a goatee?

    I had a Teisco that was similar to yours Free, only mine had three pickups and a brushed metal pickguard. The thing was toast when I got it (my first electric guitar), but I did learn my first chords on that hunk of plywood!

    Teiscos enjoy a cult status among funky old guitar collectors. You can find some history and information on the Teisco Twangers Paradise
    website.

    Good luck!
     
  6. free511

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    I am planning to sell this guitar and was testing the waters on craigslist SF Bay Area today. I have a guy offering me $500 for it. What do you guys think? Also, thanks Pete and Brian for your responses. I did check out Teisco Twangers, but their forum no longer links up.
    Thanks,
    John...........
     
  7. Pete Galati

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    Tough call!

    I don't know that guitar's market value, so I'm probably not a good person to ask.

    But if some guy had $500 *CASH* in his hand, and he was ready to make a deal, I'd sell it in a heartbeat. Partly because IMO that guitar is cooler than it is good, and it might be hard to find another person that fanatical about Teisco guitars.

    And there're a few guitars that I'm considering buying that cost less than that.

    You might try contacting Mike at myrareguitars www.myrareguitars.com
    and see if he's interested in buying it.

    Pete
     
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    I think that sentence might sum up Teisco Guitars in a nutshell!

    I'm sorry as well John, but I have no experience with buying/selling Teiscos (or any guitar for that matter) so I really can't offer any sound advice. Off the top of my head $500 sounds good to me as well, but who can say if that one isn't an ultra-rare 4-pickup Teisco twanger that fanatics will pay $1000 for or something? If you want to be safe, I'm sure somebody will come along with some better advice here as I do recall a few previous Teisco threads.

    Also, have you tried putting it up in the Emporium here?
     
  9. free511

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    I think the $500 is definitely a good offer from what I've seen out there. The one that you are showing me for $599 is a bit beat up, and this makes me second guess. I imagine that besides the guitar being fairly rare, it is also rare to find one in near mint condition...this has to be a major factor. Does anyone have a collector book that might list a book value?

    Thanks again for all the responses. Also, I tried to list it in the for sale section on this forum, but I do not have access for some reason. I imagine this is because I just registed on this site.

    John...........
     
  10. Pete Galati

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    There's something about why you can't sell it there yet in the FAQ:

    And I agree with splatt about:

    There'd be an off chance that myrareguitars might base a Teisco copy on it, but my guess is that he looks for good deals.

    Pete
     
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    Hey John-
    Pete Galati hit the nail on the head-
    Remember that one that's for sale is FOR SALE- not bought at that price. I could put used underpants for sale at $599 a pop- it doesn't mean anyone's buying them.

    I'm not trying to insult your guitar- it's in beautiful shape- but we're not talking about the quintessence of luthiership here.
     
  12. free511

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    Good advice from everyone! Thank you. I think that I will probably take the $500.
    John.......
     

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