Teisco K-56 Sharkfin Metallic Silver 1999
Teisco K-56, made in Japan 1999, metallic silver. This looks like something off The Jetsons or Lost in Space; it's got that vintage-scifi sleekness. The K series launched oiginally in 1966 and was pretty 'out there' in it's day; the bevelled sides, super pointy horns and striped aluminium guard were certainly a departure from tradition and still manage to surprise and confuse all these years later. These late 90s reissue models are beautifully made and feature some modern 'conveniences' like a slimmer 3-piece maple neck and a set of mini-humbuckers. It adds up beautifully in the hands; it's very sturdy and reassuring and holds tune nicely. The pickups are awesome, there's a heap of bite and grit on offer balanced by a certain openness and sweetness; perhaps this would be a little easier to tame than a Jaguar or Mustang if you're aiming for a big, thick jangly tone. It's a cliche to call a guitar a perfect mix of modern and vintage, but hey, if any guitar deserves that title, maybe it's this.
Model: Teisco K-56
Made: Japan, 1999 (serial 9911090)
Finish: grey gloss, 1 ply aluminium guard
Body: luan (asian mahoagny, unverified)
Neck: 3-piece maple, rosewood board, 12" radius, 24.75" scale
Pickups: TH-50 Firebird style mini humbuckers
Case: no case
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock and neck are pretty clean, no major marks. The back has some widespread very light scuffs, no major marks. The sides are pretty clean save for some dimples around from the jack. The front is also very tidy, just some dimples around the tailpiece and some play wear on the top horn. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Electronics all tested and working properly. The frets look excellent, 9/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/49s.