In the late 50's and early 1960's the Teisco brand became the household name for weird and wonderful Japanese import guitars. Most of them have been fairly well documented at theTeisco Twangers Paradise website, and many of you have owned one of the other in your teenage years, but this one - the 1968 Fire Bird - is a rare bird indeed. The last one I saw sold for over $2,000 on ebay in 2011. It may be that none ever made it out of Japan, but we are not sure. Regardless, we like it and we want one, so let's fire up the Eastwood Custom Shop and make our own Fire Birds! Semi-hollowbody design with crazy-cool f-holes and 5-ply binding, vintage style tremolo with roller bridge, bolt-on 24 3/4" scale Maple neck, dual EW P90 Pickups, 3-way switch with master Volume and Tone controls.
Final Price $799. All pre-orders include a custom hardshell case.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jun 2016
I sent Mike a picture of the Teisco Firebird a while back and said "You guys oughta build this one." Six months later I see it in the custom shop project list, and I nearly jumped out of my chair! So I was really excited when it arrived yesterday in my mailroom. Okay, giddy is more like it. I admit, first and foremost, that I buy guitars because they look good, and that hopefully they are at least playable. Lucky for me, I found Eastwood a while back, and have stuck with them ever since, because they hit both marks perfectly. This latest entry is not only what I've come to expect from them in terms of quality, it raises the bar significantly. It's light, it sits really comfortably in the strap, the neck feels great, and it's super smooth up and down the board. What's most impressive is the sound quality. The range of tone between the bridge and the neck is astounding, and the tonal response to picking anywhere between is amazing. With the switch in middle position (both pickups), you can really get a big tone shift just by picking over one pickup or the other. And the pickups themselves are unlike anything I have on any other guitar -- brilliant but really beefy, and with the resonance of the hollowbody? I think I'm starting to gush about this thing, so I'll wrap it up with this: the only things I'd change. For one, the switch is always better above the neck than below it ( I hit it from time to time on a downstroke and go into bridge position inadvertantly). And secondly, the tremolo bar is designed in a way that requires that you loosen it, adjust the height upward so that it will work, and then (if you want the guitar to rest comfortably in the case) readjust it down. Kinda weird. But all in all, this is pretty much my new favorite guitar ever. Thank you , Eastwood, you've done it again!
Posted by Michael on 1st Jun 2016
Very well conceived and executed instrument. I'm very pleased with guitar.