THREE VINTAGE TEISCO GUITARS
Restore, Make Operable, Set Up

    In the 1960's the leading producer of Japanese-made beginner guitars was Teisco.  The
    customer in this case had brought in three that looked and acted their age, including one 4-
    pickup "Melody" model, to be restored to working condition, mostly for use with a slide.  

    Since I didn't get any good pictures of the whole guitars, I am showing pictures I found online
    so you get an idea what the guitars look like.  There is a picture of the finished wiring in one
    of the three pickup models.  The wiring is so unusual we sketched schematics for both 3
    and 4-pickup guitars for the files.



















    With each guitar, the steps were:  

    Disassemble and clean (clean through dirt and
    residue to the finish, then wax and polish, scrape
    the crud off the fingerboards, polish the frets, and
    oil the rosewood, use various metal polishes to
    get the chrome parts shining).  Lubricate sticky
    parts like tuners.

    Test screws, glue dowels into loose screw holes, and supply missing screws.  In two cases
    the screw heads were so stripped the screws needed to be drilled out of the body.  

    Troubleshoot the electronics, rewire where necessary, and work inside the switches to get
    them functioning again.  Some controls required spray cleaning.

    Two of the guitars required either badly damaged or missing string nuts replaced with
    custom bone nuts.  The Melody required a saddle to be fabricated.

    Reassemble, string up, and test, then set the guitar up for relatively high action allowing both
    comfortable finger playing and buzzless slide playing, before a final buff-up.