Zenon(Teisco?) guitar

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  1. truetone6

    truetone6 Senior Member

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    I found this 60s japanese guitar at a local store today.

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    I don't know if it is called a Zen-on or Zenon. Looks like it was made by Teisco.The pickups are copies of the Kay Kleenex box pickups.
    It has a big neck and and even bigger headstock,lol. It came with original case,strap and cord.
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    It's the same guitar as the one in the video below.


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SJWsf2hB-A]Zenon Electric Guitar[/ame]
     
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  2. RaSTuS26

    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    Great find, even though I'm not a fan of big necks, I still wouldn't mind getting my hands on one like that, congrats and HNGD.
     
  3. truetone6

    truetone6 Senior Member

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    Thanks! Someone told me that these were made by Guyatone between 1963 and 1965. Here is a modified Zenon:

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    truetone6 Senior Member

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    Elvis Costello has a similar guitar. His is a Futurama.

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    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    The only Guyatone I have is an Eastwood re-issue of an LG200T, it's not a bad thing, I'd much prefer an original of course.

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    truetone6 Senior Member

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    Well,I'm pretty sure your Eastwood plays better,lol.

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    Resurrecting a dead thread, I know, but the pic of Costello's guitar caught my eye since I picked up one of these today. Anyone know anything of them? Assuming Teisco 1960's origination. Zenon brand on headstock. Pretty legit gold foils in it too. For full disclosure, the pickups will probably be listed for sale here or over on TDPRI before long. I am interested in the history of the rest of the guitar, especially after seeing the pic above.
     

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    truetone6 Senior Member

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    I have read that Zenon was a small manufacturer who made both electric and acoustic guitars.They were bought by acoustic guitar maker Hayashi in 1968.I also read somewhere that Guyatone made Zen-On guitars from 1963-1965 so maybe it was made or distributed by Guyatone.I have also been told that Zenons were possibly made by Teisco.

    Your guitar is the same one that Elvis Costello owns. The guitar is not worth keeping without the original pickups.As they say:The whole is worth more than the sum of it's parts.

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    I bought what is called a Tulip guitar for around $30. Teisco? Who knows? It is. It has one pup. It's in good shape. That one pup sounds awesome. It's why there are buyers for these POS guitars. :applause::applause::dude:
     
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    truetone6 Senior Member

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    Here is a Demo of a Zenon like above.You'll want to keep it after you hear this,lol.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6oy39KVXUw]1965 Audition[/ame]
     
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    This was my first guitar, I still have it... Kimberly EJ-1
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    fett Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    Yer, Honor. I rest my case. :applause:
     
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    some Zenon can not see the nut on the end of the fingerboard
    it is hidden or neck is not a rod?
     
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    They're usually bolt on necks and have the truss rod adjustment at the pick up end on some, my first ever guitar a futurama had it there. Pain cos you need to remove the neck to adjust it. Some of the very early ones just had a simple hollow steel bar in with no adjustment possible to keep the neck straight, they usually have a steel reinforced neck sticker somewhere on the headstock like trutones.

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    Here's a decent site for info on odd brands

    http://www.jedistar.com/jedistar_vintage_guitar_dating_t1.htm
     
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    hey friend I do not want guesswork
    I need accurate information from the owner
    I do not need forumnye legend I want to know just the facts
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    **** site for a minimum of information
     
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    in guitars where the nut is not visible on the heel of the neck
    truss rod is not available
     

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