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1960s Teisco Del Ray May Queen Vintage Hollowbody Electric Guitar Japan Rare!
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Brand: Teisco Body Type: Hollow
Mike and Mikes Guitar Bar

Mike and Mikes Guitar Bar

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Up for sale, a 1960s Teisco May Queen in exceptional condition and in good working order.  Easily one of the rarest, most desirable and instantly eye-catching instruments to come out of Japan in the 1960s, the May Queen is also one of the highest quality instruments ever produced by Teisco, rivaling the hallowed Spectrum series.  Clearly taking its cues from a Rickenbacker 360 and in some ways looking like a collision of a Rickenbacker and Vox Teardrop, the May Queen sports two rich sounding pickups (that also resemble the Rick "toaster top" design) and a very responsive vibrato.  Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable, low action and a fresh set of 10-46 strings, the Teisco May Queen is ready for the stage and studio.

Tonally, this Teisco really has a warmth, clarity and dynamic quality that you frankly wouldn't expect from a guitar with "Teisco" on the headstock.  There's a percussive quality to the tone, similar to a DeArmond gold foil, and the pickups have plenty of jangle and snap.  The hollow body adds a certain fullness and soft attack to the notes as well.

The neck has a slim C profile with a thin black lacquer finish and original frets that have plenty of height and life left.  The frets have undoubtedly been dressed and crowned over the past 50 years, but they currently show very little wear and play great with no excessive buzzing or dead spots.  The neck is surprisingly straight and the action is consistently low and easy to play all the way to the last fret.  The headstock sports the original tuning machines and an expertly crafted reproduction "Teisco" logo that we matched to the original nail holes and ghosting of the stock logo.  It was a perfect match!

All of the electronics work as they should and the hardware is a notable improvement over most Japanese guitars of the era, with a very well machined vibrato unit that responds well, with a spring action and mechanism similar to a Mosrite Vibramute.  Cosmetically, this guitar is very clean, especially given its age!  There are a few requisite light finish scuffs and scratches and one stable (and also extremely small) crack near the rear strap button that has been professionally repaired (photo #12).  Otherwise, this is a very clean and complete May Queen!

A gigbag is included (not pictured).

Please check out our shop "Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar" on the web, and feel free to call us directly with any questions at 206.818.9329.

Shipping in the continental USA will be $60, fully insured. Please contact us for an accurate international shipping quote before bidding or buying, as cost varies by buyer location.

International orders will be declared as “merchandise” and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid. We cannot declare anything as a gift or for a lesser value. No exceptions! The customer is responsible for all taxes and duty, which may be collected upon delivery.

We do our best to describe all items with honesty and accuracy but to be sure, please contact us with any questions or concerns prior to bidding or buying. We require payment within 48 hours of auction end.  Your positive feedback and five star ratings are very important to us and we appreciate your communication in resolving any issues!

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