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Vintage electric 6 String guitars

I specialise in 1960s Japanese budget guitars - Audition, Kay, Teisco etc. These guitars predated the current "cookie cutter" clones of well-known brands, and have their own unique individuality. These guitars were aimed at the beginner who couldn't afford an expensive Fender of Gibson, but despite these lowly origins, they have great pickups, often quite low output but they can sound great. I make sure these guitars are presented  in tip-top shape, with no missing parts and set up ready to play. That means I have to track down original and modern period-correct replacement parts such as tremolo arms, machineheads, bridges, strap buttons, knobs and badges.

 

On eBay there plenty of people  who are trying to sell similar guitars at top-dollar prices, but so many have missing parts and haven't been properly set up. With my guitars you won't find find dodgy electrics, crackly pots, broken vibrato units, worn-out frets and old strings. All my guitars are comprehensively overhauled, machineheads stripped and lubricated, pots cleaned or replaced, frets levelled, reprofiled and polished, missing parts replaced with vintage or period correct items, and properly set up with a fresh d'Addario XL strings.

 

 

Vintage electric 6 String guitars

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Vision 1960s Japanese electric guitar

Vision 1960s Japanese electric guitar

£85.00

A simple no-nonsense 1960s Japanese budget guitar - no name on the headstock, but sometimes seen badged as "Vision". This is 100% - no missing parts, no dodgy electrics and a very typical Japanese 1960s budget electric guitar. Skinny lightweight plywood body, original hardware apart from chromed steel replacement trem arm and new Van Gent strap ...


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Audition Japanese electric guitar by Teisco /  Kawai

Audition Japanese electric guitar by Teisco / Kawai

£145.00

Single pickup 1960s electric guitar from Audition, made in Japan and originally sold by Woolworths. As with all my vintage guitars it's 100% - no missing parts, no dodgy electrics. Very cool Mosrite-style reverse body. One single coil pickup, tone and volume controls. Great tremolo is cool for both down and up bends, all original hardware apart ...


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Audition 7002 "Time Capsule" electric guitar by Teisco /  Kawai

Audition 7002 "Time Capsule" electric guitar by Teisco / Kawai

£235.00

Super-cool 1960s electric guitar from Audition, originally sold by Woolworths - and it even comes with the original cardboard box!. As with all my vintage guitars it's 100% - no missing parts, no dodgy electrics. Twin single coil pickup, tone and volume controls with "Jaguar" style on-off switches. Great tremolo is cool for both down and up bend...


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