It may be a 1960’s survivor and a relic of the greatest Weird Guitar period in history, but the most impressive thing about this Telestar T2 Teardrop is how well it plays. It has a rock-solid neck and I’ve carefully set it up for blazingly low action and perfect intonation. It’s perfect for the guitarist who wants great playability and tone, a retro look, and a groovy sixties vibe from the great Japanese Guitar boom. Buy the Telestar T2 Teardrop here.
Unlike many guitars from its era, it plays well all up and down the 21-fret neck. The neck is straight and true, and the truss rod works just fine. Electronics are stock and I’ve wax-potted the original single-coil pickups to retain the original sound while avoiding the screechy microphonics that are common to Japanese pickups from that era. Action is low and even, and intonation is accurate all the way up the 24″ scale (same as a vintage Mustang, or Brian May’s Red Special for that matter).
The Telestar T2 Teardrop is as sonically versatile as it is cool. The neck pickup alone delivers a classic 60’s mellow jangle, and with both pickups wide open and a touch of distortion it snarls and growls beautifully. Take this one on stage and you’ll sound good and get noticed.
Hey, if you were born in 1967, by now you’d have a few scars and a couple tattoos that others might regret, but that you’d show off proudly. This guitar was stored in a moist environment at some point in the past, resulting in a lot of finish checking. There are a number of dings and some holes, now doweled, where the original bridge was removed. I’ve sealed the cracks and applied a light nitro clearcoat. I’ve degreased and cleaned the metal parts, then bathed them in oil to stop further corrosion. The result? The original finish and aging is preserved, yet the guitar is solid for many decades to come – and SO much cooler than a new factory-created “relic.”
The history and scars add to the soul and uniqueness of this rare bird. This guitar lived through the 60’s and might even remember some of it, but unlike your ex-hippie uncle, it never cut its hair and went back to the corporate world.
- Make: Telestar (which was a Kawai brand)
- Model: T2 Teardrop
- Pickups: Two single-coil, potted to eliminate microphonics
- Controls: Volume and Tone, three-position switch
- Color: Sunburst
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 21 (plus zero fret)
- Case: none (will fit any gigbag)
- Cool factor: off the charts