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You Be The Judge, Trash or Treasure

May 4, 2013

by Daniel Brooks

Let’s hear it for the obscure guitars. We’ve all seen them. Those rare, humble instruments that spend years collecting dust in pawn shops and thrift shops, those garage sale discoveries with the unfamiliar brand on their headstocks, and body designs that might be thought of as, well, quirky. Guitars laden with experimental pickups and hardware, and switching that is nothing short of esoteric. Many of these are obscure for a reason. Time, cheap materials, badly designed components, and careless construction have rendered them barely playable, and probably not worth a new set of strings.

But hidden amongst the trash, there are underappreciated treasures just waiting to be discovered for which it is worth keeping one’s eyes and ears open. For one reason or another, there were quite a few quality instruments that never found their audience, at least not while they were in production. A lot of musicians learned to play on guitars like these, and it seems to be the common story of many a music legend to remember fondly some little known model that served as their first instrument. There are a few well-known artists who still perform with their first guitars, or seek out those high-quality obscurities to bring something good and different to the studio and the stage.

So, how do you know if that curiosity behind the counter is trash or treasure? Well, ultimately, the best way to select any instrument is to pick it up and play it. If it sounds good and feels good, then it’s certainly worth the thrift store price. Who knows? It might even be collectable. Your other best option is to go online and ask around. No matter how obscure the guitar, there is almost certainly someone who has owned and played one just like it. We have discovered a few, presented here for your consideration. Please tell us what you think.

Tiesco K4L

 

The Teisco “Sharkfin” sold from 1966 to 1970 as the K4L in Japan but was listed in different catalogs in the U.S.as the ET-460 or the Super Deluxe. Sears carried the same guitar under the Silvertone brand.

Goya P-24

The Goya P24, and its sibling the P46, differ only in number of pickups and the number of combinations available through the push button pickup selectors. Sliding Tone and Volume controls meant there were no knobs. Made in Sweden by Hagstrom, these solidbody guitars appeared in 1958 and continued until 1966, when Goya farmed out their manufacture to Italy’s EKO Company. A vintage Goya P24 in good condition can fetch over $2,000.

Guild S-200 Thunderbird

The very rare, very unique Guild S-200 Thunderbird was one of Muddy Waters’ favorites. Made only for a few years in the mid 1960s, the Thunderbird had sliding switches, a one-of-a-kind body design, its own unique tremolo and bridge, a built-in stand and a bright assertive tone.

Yamaha SG5

The Yamaha SG5 was made in Japan from 1966 to 1971. It is another very rare guitar with an original design, an asymmetrical body, 3 single coil pickups, and a bright clear tone perfect for surf music.

 

Comments

  1. Ian says:

    I actually had a guy bring over his K4L to try out an amp I was selling.  I’d seen one or two of these pop up on Craigslist over the years, but never bothered as they didn’t really interest me.  Well…after playing one - it does.  The neck on these is like a baseball bat and it has a huge sound to it.  Very warm pickups with a lot of tonality options.  That two tone brushed aluminum pick guard looks so much cooler in real life.  Next time I see one come up at a good price I just may have to snatch it up!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:22 am
  2. Dr. Bob says:

    The Teisco generally doesn’t play great-small frets and poor setup and generally narrow but deep necks. Those square coil pickups, though, ROCK. Very loud and brash, great for slide where you don’t care if the neck is great. In fact, many of the Teisco guitars can be set up to be great slide guitars, although the million different pickups they came with makes buying one without playing it a bit of a crapshoot.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:26 am
  3. Vince Lewis says:

    I was working in music store from a young age, and remember playing most of these guitars.  The Guild played and sounded terrific, but we couldn’t give tham away at our dealership in Charleston WV.  Any guitar that works for you is a good one in my opinion.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:28 am
  4. Tristin Knauss says:

    I think they are all cool classic guitars
    sharkfin
    sg5
    they’re all very cool looking guitars

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:28 am
  5. Keith Applebaum says:

    The Yamaha samurai is a cool guitar. They re-issued a Chinese version several years ago - the EGV103 - that is also fairly rare but can be found from time to time for very reasonable prices. The basic guitar is like a Strat but with a 24 1/2” Gibson scale length. I own 2 and I love ‘em. All the guitars shown here are treasures. What about the original Hagstrom guitars? The trem tailpiece on the Guild is identical to the old Hagstroms. Very nice of you to mention these guitars.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:31 am
  6. North Shore Mike says:

    The Guild reminds me of the Gretsch Billy Bo in some waysl.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:36 am
  7. Aaron R says:

    Gotta be the Tiesco K4L. I had two of them, one a Silvertone and a Tiesco from White Front. They got me ready for Strats.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:40 am
  8. Joe Ochoa says:

    Think I actually owned a Teisco at some early time but they look really coarse and unrefined and cheap. So I guess I’d have to say “Trash” !  (sorry, but that’s just me)

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:40 am
  9. Russ Butner says:

    My first gee-tar was a Teisco. Not sure I’d purchase another one. But yes, they are nostalgic. They had hundreds of different models. I’d love to see an image of the one that I owned. Is there a knowledgeable Teisco group or site out there?

    Russ

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:42 am
  10. Ray says:

    I’m digging that K4L as well.  I want it!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:44 am
  11. Gavin Lloyd Wilson says:

    Yamaha SG-5 made from 1966 to 1970?

    I don’t think so.  The first Yamaha solidbodies were the SG-2 and SG-3 (plus the rarer 12-string version of the SG-3, the SG-12) and THESE were made 1966-1967. The SG-5 followed later and was not made alongside these earlier models (and I don’t care what it says on Wikipedia).

    Please note also the spelling of TEISCO - it was actually an acronym for Tokyo Electric Instrument and Sound Company.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:46 am
  12. Paul G says:

    I still have a Tiesco bass I bought in Japan in 1970.  Great neck, very thin 5 piece maple with ebony fretboard.  Easy to play and balanced sound.  More deluxe design than the guitar shown here.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:49 am
  13. DetroitBlues says:

    Wish I could get a hold of my Step Dad’s old Kent strat copy.  Very odd, quirky guitar for sure.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:51 am
  14. Brad Thomas says:

    I got my first Teisco at a Thrifty Drug store from a rotating display rack similar to a comic book rack. Back in ‘68 I didn’t know about set up and string gauge so my fingers paid the price. But they are cool, some more than others. Like Schecter making the Avenger, a near perfect copy of a Teisco. Ahhh..the memories.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:52 am
  15. Keith Applebaum says:

    How about some of the First Act guitars - like the VW guitar that was given away with the purchase of a Volkswagen around 10 yrs ago. Some of those First Act guitars were similar to what is shown here. Any thoughts?

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:55 am
  16. Grec says:

    These cheapo guitars were hangin’ outta trashcans everywhere in the 80s. No one wanted them. As cool as these guitars are -they are becoming WAY overpriced.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:00 am
  17. James Spina says:

    God has named this little piece of heaven Eastwood and I’d hang there any day.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:01 am
  18. Adolfo says:

    Para mi opinión, todas son tesoros y hermosas, si pudiera, me encantaría poseer aunque sea una de ellas, gracias.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:05 am
  19. Tim Varney says:

    I love these obscure guitars.My first guitar was a teisco delrey. I thought it sucked because all I wanted to play back then was metal. Sure wished I still had it now!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:10 am
  20. Dominic says:

    The only I don’t like is the Goya P-24.  That has to be on of the least usable guitar interfaces I’ve seen on a guitar.  Plus I feel like the pick selectors would get in the way when playing.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:17 am
  21. AvMo says:

    The Goya’s have a fiberglass neck and the fact they go for 2K is due to their rarity.  Having said that, I have always wanted to find one of these babies in a pawn shop especially in sparkling red (accordion finish) ever since it graced the cover of April Wine’s Electric Jewels album.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:22 am
  22. Lawrence g. Smith says:

    My father purchased the K4L new from Sears in Concord, N.H. For me in 1968 at a time when I was blossoming as a guitarist and unfortunately very sick at the same time.  That guitar meant the world to me.  I played it through a Sears 1484 amp.  This guitar sounded killer and played like a dream.  During my junior year, the band i was in was using the schools music room to practice for an upcoming school talent show, when someone broke into our school and stole my amp and this fine guitar along with some other instrument.  The guitar was never recovered.  I have been searching for a duplicate with no luck.  I would gladly give my prized fender American deluxe strat for a blue one like in your photos.  This is a great guitar for all genres of music.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:29 am
  23. Russ says:

    Mine came with a small Danelectro amp and a Teisco Fuzzbox distortion pedal.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:33 am
  24. deg says:

    I love oldies guitars. That Teisco “Sharkfin” is a really funny and beautifull guitar. The Yamaha SG5 was so sexy too…

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:35 am
  25. Tom says:

    I have both the Tiesco K4L (in black) and the Yamaha SG5 (different pickup combo) and I’ll probably be putting them both on ebay shortly, since I never use them much anymore.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:35 am
  26. Konrad says:

    These axes are so very sexy.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:47 am
  27. Reece says:

    To sound a bit wanky, the true value of the instrument is in the art it inspires. If an instrument inspires a great artist to pick it up and create great music, who cares if it goes out of tune all the time or sounds like crap.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:47 am
  28. Justin Lajoie says:

    I actually own a 1966 Yamaha SG3 that has a broken tuner.  If anyone knows where to find a replacement, i’d love to hear back.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:52 am
  29. Reinat says:

    Old guitars are really amazing! I play a Fasan (certainly build in 1959). It’s a great pleasure, something very original, and surely good material!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:54 am
  30. perry says:

    I owned one of the blue Tiesco’s that had 3 pickup’s in it, in the early 70’s to the 90’s and gave it to my older brother and both Loved that thang! I really liked the shape of the neck and it played great. I always thought it looked like it was made by Vulcan’s. It was a really hip guitar.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 am
  31. kobrian says:

    The Guild also reminds me of the Ovation Breadwinner.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovation_Breadwinner

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:15 am
  32. Fino Roverato says:

    Yes these guitars are trash! I would be happy to take them off your hands.  :>D

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:16 am
  33. Tristin Knauss says:

    Oh yeah, cool looking, complete trash,
    just dont throw em out, i’ll take them off your hands, thats u

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:26 am
  34. Don Nelson says:

    I love those older off-brand guitars - the uglier the better! and the off-brand stuff on the 60’s and 70’s often play and sound better than some of the lower priced “Real” breand guitars. I agree with Fino - if you think these axes are tash - send ‘em to me! :-)

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:28 am
  35. jim says:

    knew a guy in the seventies who played one of these in a band. the guys and most of the people in the crowd could hear the nice tone of this guitar. it was a guitar that I admired and always asked about.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:33 am
  36. Don says:

    to me - they’re sort of like a rusted out 1965 Plymouth Barracuda -  or a paint-faded 1967 Marlin (a Rambler - NOT a Martin!) - or any of the old Soviet era Gaz or Volga cars - these cheap knock-off guitars really nail a particular era of late 60’s early 70’s mass production and even if a particulr one doesn’t play that well - it’s would still be a great piece of historical wall art! (and there’s a MUCH better chance that the Teisco’s will still work a heck of a lot better than any 66 Volga car will!)

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:01 am
  37. Russ says:

    There’s a shop here in town, that has quite a few of them hanging on the walls.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:18 am
  38. Blackie James says:

    These were unplayable pieces of junk back in the sixties when they were new and after fifty years of festering in basements, attics and muskie closets it’s fair to say they are only good as conversation pieces to hang on the wall and smile when you see them.  I wouldn’t mind a few of these beasts to dress up my studio walls or in my lounge if not for anything but a splash of color. Cool to look at !

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:27 am
  39. thad cornett says:

    If it plays and sounds good who cares all that much about looks.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:40 am
  40. Mike says:

    I seem to recall seeing Zally from the Loving Sponfull playing a Guild S-200.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:50 am
  41. Bob Phipps says:

    I remember this guitars from when I was akid looking for my first electric guitar.I when in music stores and read catologs and drooled over them and I still would like a Sharkfin that was my dream guitar when I was 9 or 10

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:00 am
  42. Billy Decker says:

    I’ve had a 1968 Silvertone 1445 Mosrite Copy for 40 years. It has a fret zero like Nokie Edwards prefers. It has an extra long neck and I found a coffin bass case for it. The body is also a little wider than my strats. The neck has laminations rather than a truss rod. I’m missing a bridge cover if anyone could point me in the right direction. I wouldn’t sell it for love or money.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:17 am
  43. Danny says:

    Aside from the Thunderbird, those are all guitars that I have saved in a folder to fawn over. But Guild makes quality, so I would never turn one down.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:19 am
  44. mussidie says:

    not feeling it.  not to be snobby but these are, for the most part, trash.  grew up around them, played them, or more accurately wrestled with them and I’m frankly embarrassed for people that pay good money for them..  But, as Dr. Bob said, if you find one that doesn’t sound like an amplified bee hive, you can always have a “different” looking bottleneck slide geetar.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:27 am
  45. Todd S. Roberts says:

    The Guild S-200 Thunderbird is my favorite, and the one that I hope to own someday.  And Yes folks, I know the built-in stand is the worst Idea ever!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:31 am
  46. Elliot says:

    I have a 70’s Harmony that would fit in with this group.  It was a garage sale find when I was a kid, $20.  It actually plays very nicely, and was an easy restoration project for me.  It has a pretty tone to it, noticeably different from my Strat or Gibsons.  I do think that our perceptions of what guitars sound good is colored by how we feel about the particular instrument.  If you have your mind made up that you don’t like a certain guitar, it isn’t going to sound good when you play it.  Likewise, I get a lot of compliments when I show people my 1952 Gibson, people tell me it sounds “amazing,” but I wonder if they would be so impressed with the same sound on a recording, not knowing what kind of instrument it was? 
    It really isn’t easy to make yourself be objective.  For me, memories of really bad ‘60’s Japanese guitars, ones with malicious sharp fret ends, inch thin bodies, and awful intonation problems, color my perception of other instruments from that era that may be great. 
    I really like the idea of what Eastwood is doing, building modern instruments with “the look.”

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:53 am
  47. Keith Applebaum says:

    I agree with Elliot. There are some rather bigoted responses calling all of these “trash” and I must submit that just about any Yamaha of any era was a quality well designed instrument with consistently good quality control even to this day including those made in countries other than Japan. That being said, my first guitar was funky Teisco with super high action and a plywood body - very difficult to play but I am thankful I had a guitar and it helped me to be able to play any guitar regardless of how badly it was set up or how funky it was, and helped me to appreciate a really good guitar when one presented itself. And later, the Japanese copies of Gibsons and Fenders did present themselves and are some of the best guitars ever made.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:04 am
  48. Joseph Krol says:

    My Dad had an old Kay Jazz Box that I never gave more than half a look at.  He and my mom threw it out I would love to have that guitar now for the memories.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:21 am
  49. Todd S. Roberts says:

    Yes, Eastwood/Airline guitars are the coolest!  They actually have an ugly guitar contest on facebook, No B/S.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:21 am
  50. Josh says:

    My first electric was a Teisco 4KL. Bought it in 1966. I thought it sounded pretty bad. Someone wrote about how loud the pickups were. You gotta be kidding. In 1967 I bought an SG Special with P90s and it blew the Teisco out of the water in terms of volume, tone and playability. I have to laugh out loud at people that think these guitars are anything more than what they appeared to be back then—cheap-ass guitars for beginners. It’s a real case of the emperor’s new clothes.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:28 am
  51. elizabeth rupe says:

    I think they should be considered treasures like the Tiesco K4L, the Guild S-200 Thunderbird and the Yamaha SG5 they’re still in great shape and I’d be honored to own one.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:38 am
  52. indiefab says:

    Check out Dan Auerback’s guitar tech going through his rig including a ‘64 Guild Thunderbird. 
    Dan Johnson is his name and his knowledge is encyclopedic.  A great interview if you have 27 min.
    http://youtu.be/aAt70OcyTN4

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:42 am
  53. Mike Power says:

    Anything by Yamaha is nice. I have an AEX-502 that is one of the nicest guitars I’ve owned. Good quality with great Yamaha P-90’s. I play anything from blues to commercial jazz with it. It just works.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:49 am
  54. Steve says:

    All trash except the Guild 200

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:54 am
  55. James Spina says:

    I can smell the fender and gibson on the breathof so many here….THEY should just get lost in their cookie cutter guitar heaven and leave this place alone. Their guitars, new and old, are beautiful…just like their musical caskets.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:36 am
  56. Greg says:

    The Yamaha sg5 reminds me of the Parker fly body shape hmmm wonder if he owned one?

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:37 am
  57. David says:

    I have a Tiesco TRE 100. It is an absolute treasure.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:39 am
  58. Doug says:

    I’d have to say trashy treasure. If you own just hope you are good at manufacturing your own parts!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:43 am
  59. CWaggs says:

    Had several of the old Teisco electrics back in the 60’s. Financially mandated. Each was a crapshoot out of the box, but for a fearless tinkerer, they provided a great basic starting point. I wonder how many folks my age were forced learn how to do their own mods & set-ups by an old mail-order Teisco. Some of them played pretty well after some extra effort, and a good one, dialed in, could play just like the big name brands. I had a K4L just like the one featured; same color, even. Played like buttah, but had to mod it to hardtail status to keep it in tune. Swapped it for an early Epiphone set neck w/p90s, even up, but I still miss that old Teisco every time somebody does one of these nostalgia articles. Thanks for the memories and the pics, PGS.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 9:07 am
  60. Brandon says:

    The Teisco version of the K4l was never sold as a K4l. Its actual model name was an ET460, and Silvertone sold the same guitar with the model name K4l. Pictured is a Teisco ET460… One of my dream guitars. I have been trying to find and purchase one for years now. They are very rare in my neck of the woods sadly…

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 9:15 am
  61. Chuck Waggoner says:

    I’m pretty sure James McMurtry (Austin, TX) still takes one these old Guild S200 series guitars out on the road. His has a single HB with some awesome, ballsy, raunchy tone. BTW, James is a great songwriter & player, and does a helluva live show. Look for him at a venue near you. Worthwhile!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 9:18 am
  62. Patrick James McHenry says:

    I will trade all my Ibanez collection (including a one of a kind Artist from 1980)...... For these babies!!

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 10:14 am
  63. mussidie says:

    Okay James’s weird comment sent me over the cliff.  You ain’t ever gonna find me in a casket, but if someone happens to put me in one by mistake it won’t be anywhere near as purty as my Fenders, Gibsons, Epis, Kappas, Gretschs, Hamers, Mosrites or just about anything but the pieces in this article.  Dave Edmunds said it best…  “cool is the rule but sometimes bad is bad”

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 10:36 am
  64. Russ says:

    I don’t think the best Teisco could play with my Ibanez SA160. But they are cool to look at and own.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:04 am
  65. Jeff says:

    I would treasure the Tiesco K4L and the Goya p-24 and, I would love to have the other guitars just for the fun of playing them. Because playing any guitar is just a hell of a lot of fun ! ! !

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:31 am
  66. DBA says:

    The Guild are wonderful quality instruments and play as good as any Gibson.  The pickup and switching were a bit faulty, along with the bridge which worked off of counter balanced screws.  Matched with a tremelo from Hagstram it was basically a disaster of a guitar.  But, Lovin Spoonful sure made me want the Thunderbird.  I collected some great pieces over the years of Echo and Hagstram and Framus - all pretty to the eye with necks like a 2x4 and crazy noisey electronics. They looked best on the wall - and playabiility was more of a challange than it was worth. The Japanese imports of the 60s were horrific - and were gruesome to play and never stayed in tune.  Sometimes our memories trick us into thinkg the good old days were great - but, like many things in life they are better left as fond memories.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:44 am
  67. Danny says:

    I believe the Goya is held by Bryan Ferry on the inner jacket of one of the Roxy Music albums… For Your Pleasure, I think? Also, I’ve always loved the 4 & 2 headstock on the Tiesco, and its square fret markers are completely unique.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  68. Ron says:

    If you look on Youtube, you can see concert footage of James Iha playing a 2 pickup version of the Teisco 4KL (same blue color too) on several songs during The Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dreams tour.

    I’ve always liked the “weird” guitars that came out of the 60’s and 70’s from Japan (thank god for ebay and youtube) - they can be very junky, but fascinating.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  69. Ed says:

    I think everyone should own a guitar that I would call a pawn shop special, something so ugly that only you would love. Playability be damned. I bought an old beat up Guild for just that reason and to my surprise you have it pictured in your article, though I think it is labelled wrong. I believe the first 3 Guilds pictured are the Thunderbirds you are describing and the last 2 are Polaras. I could be wrong so let me know, I am undoing some of the modifications that have been done to it over the last 40 years of it’s life and there is very little info on it.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  70. Daniel says:

    I have a yamaha bass that looks exactly the same as the sg5. is it worth anything?

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  71. Jasper F says:

    Picked up a Teisco (maybe?) off ebay because I couldn’t resist it and all its 4 pickup goodness. After reshaping the frets it plays real well apart from a FAT neck. I can see myself giving in to buying more in the future.. it’s a bad habit

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm
  72. JB says:

    I have boxes of old GP magazines w/a column by “Teisco Del Ray”. He featured(?) Japanese treasures w/up to 6 PUP’s & lots of gadgets,some of which were not even hooked up. I started playing guitar during the heyday of these beauties. Sadly, most of them played & sounded BAD.The days of naive garage salers are over thanks to cable TV & most of these imports are unreasonably priced oddities.The Goyas & Guilds are quality guitars that are well worth owning.

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  73. The Guilds of Grot says:

    The Guild should not even be included in this article! They were and still are high quality American made guitars. As stated by somebody above, you know so little about the brand that you didn’t even realize that you are picturing two different models! The first photos is a mini-humbucker equipted S-200 Thunderbird. The next two photos are an S-200 Thunderbird with “Mickey Mouse” pick-ups. The last two photos are of an S-100 Polara!

    James Mcmurtry plays a Guild S-60 with indeed a single humbucker: http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&biw=1280&bih=687&tbm=isch&tbnid=PIQdkvRraSW9WM:&imgrefurl=http://www.nodepression.com/photo/james-mcmurtry-12&docid=FAvf03OGo_AarM&imgurl=http://api.ning.com/files/WDg5JuyNacuF-468EboM53xtt-coDIAp9f1LUrfTzp2mTpVM3WQ09cWk3*0uhrZv5pgNrUCRjvYPQZO3w9dh1IG34G2GAq41/DSC_4041.JPG&w=4705&h=2793&ei=sQqJUZq5DNXA4APzmIH4BA&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:83,s:0,i:423&iact=rc&dur=1168&page=5&tbnh=173&tbnw=291&start=82&ndsp=23&tx=209&ty=105

    There is plenty of information about Guilds on the internet like the “Let’s Talk Guild” forum: http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltgvB/upload/forum.php

    The Guilds of Grot
    http://www.guildsofgrot.com/

    posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm
  74. Flip-Flop says:

    The Yamaha SG5 looks like an upside down Rickenbacker 620

    posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:16 am
  75. Billy Decker says:

    Here’s a pic of what a Silvertone 1445 Mosrite Copy looks like if anybody is interested

    http://www.tonegems.com/1970-silvertone-1445-new-arrival/

    posted on May 8, 2013 at 5:56 am
  76. Bluesly says:

    I just saw Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys playing one of those Guild S Series Guitars at The New Orleans Jazz Festival,,, It Rocked… Many of those old Imports were.. and still are.. made of the same stuff as the expensive Brands but did not have the fit, finish and sometimes electronics that You got with the older high dollar guitars…But.. Hey 3 to 5 Grand will buy alot of Pots, P-ups and Solder and more than enough labor from Your neighborhood Luthier to make even the Oddest Pawn Shop Find into a Rocker….

    posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:15 am
  77. Ron Scaia says:

    I have a red Silvertone K4L, 4 pic-ups n it plays beautifuly,  Also a 60s Silvertone 150 watt amp with 6 10” speakers, I’d like to learn more about it n what value it hols ?

    posted on May 8, 2013 at 8:46 am
  78. Elliot says:

    Thanks PGS for these great articles.  I like this Yamaha SG5, it looks like something Prince would play onstage… 

    posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  79. Shane says:

    I’ve seen some odd ones for sale on Craigslist.  I bought one in fact .  A   Kent vintage series , its a Tele knock off and purportedly made in the 70’s . I think it plays nice.  I can’t seem to find anything about them online.

    If anyone knows anything about them , please email me   Shane3620@gmail.com

    posted on May 9, 2013 at 3:21 am
  80. Steve Bolt says:

    Had a friend that had the Teisco K4L in dark blue with a black pick guard. Very unique beginners guitar at the time!

    posted on May 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

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