For some reason I took a gander on Craigslist today, and just happened to notice a listing for a late 60s Teisco Checkmate guitar on their. Looked weird, shitty and old.. and for some reason I thought it would be cool, so picked it up. I knew a little (very little) about Teisco. I believe it was a Japanese company selling these in the States in the 60s and early 70s. Definitely ‘cheap’ guitar in the day, etc. The guitar I picked up definitely has some character and a unique tone that could be handy some day. Plays well, and the electronics are working well, except for a scratchy volume pot.
I was hoping that someone that reads EffectsBay.com might be able to help with additional information about this particular guitar. This is labeled as a ‘Checkmate’ which I see mentioned with Teisco, etc. I also see a amp line that they made under the Checkmate name. The sticker on the headstock looks like the Teisco logo (crown) but with word “Checkmate” where “Teisco” would be, and the model states that it is a E-100 guitar. Looking at E-100 Teisco, they look similar (from 1964) but the pickup on those is closer to the neck position, where mine is towards the middle. I’m curious to what exactly it is, and if I can gather some additional info. I did find this great site about Teisco, but it only shows Teisco guitars.. and there are references to Checkmate amps.
Anyway, thought I’d throw it out there! You never know what may pop up from this post.