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The J-5, a single-cutaway solidbody a la Les Paul, was introduced around this time. The company changes its name to 'Teisco String Instrument Corporation'. company in Chicago although these were badged as Kingston guitars.
If the pot is an original, it indicates a date before which the guitar could not have been built – so it’s always a good idea to have extra reference material around.
I would like to add a special thanks to writer Paul Day for supplying information on the history of Teisco guitars in the UK. the company was called Aoi Onpa Kenkyujo (which, roughly translated, means Hollyhock Soundwave or Electricity Laboratories). The first products to carry the Teisco name were mics, amps and a lap steel guitar.
I hope to visit Paul in the near future and gather much more info which I will, of course, share with you all! I hope to add more photos to the model names as time goes by. For detailed descriptions of some of the models listed below you need to read Michael Wright's two articles from Vintage Guitar Magazine (accessible from the 'The company that was to go on to create the Teisco brand was formed by Mr. Hollow bodies available this year included the EP-4, EP-5, EP-6, EP-7, EP-11, EP-12, EP-13, EP-14, EP-15, EP-16, and EP-23. At least five sunburst hollowbodies were offered - the PE-7, PE-8, PE-13, PE-14 and PE-51.
Built in Japan and dating from the late 60s, this almost unmarked guitar features pick-ups similar to the Teisco gold foil pick-ups famously used by Ry Cooder.
Antique Silvertone guitars were manufactured by five guitar makers, Danelectro, Harmony, National, Kay, and Teisco, to be sold by Sears department store from the 1950s into the early 1970s.