1960s Teisco EB-200 Electric Bass Guitar





Hilariously enough, after making that other Teisco EB-200 into a baritone guitar, a customer of mine bought this EB-200 to mod into one as well. I put said bari up on the block and he bought it, so now this became surplus and has been traded to me as compensation for completed and upcoming repair projects. This time around, I simply put it back into shape for its intended use: as a workmanly short scale bass guitar.

Despite the 30" short scale, however, the Jazzmaster-style-body dimensions, giant headstock, and more central bridge location make this bass just as large as any Fender long-scale bass, though with the more compact comfort of a short-scale instrument and the lovingly fundamental tone that comes with that.

My work included a fret level/dress, removing marker graffiti from the finish (it's thus a bit discolored in a few areas -- not obviously), a good setup, replacement of the 3-way switch for a Gibson-style toggle, replacement knobs, and a set of used, big-old 110w-50w roundwound strings. The necks on these EB-200s are 3-piece. medium-big in size (with a 1 11/16" nut width), and have a truss rod -- so they can take a ton of tension. I think this would sound great with lighter-gauge flats (I prefer 95w-40w strings for the most part), but the big roundwounds on this do sound righteous with the twin single-coil pickup configuration. Action is spot-on at 3/32" EAD and 1/16" G at the 12th fret and the neck is straight.


This was originally a light grey-blue color that's aged to a greenish-grey. The pickguard and control plate are both thick pieces of aluminum that also mean this bass is incredibly well-shielded. It's very quiet on noise in operation.

The Jazzmaster-style body fits like a glove and looks cool, too. It's a solid hunk of some sort of mahogany-family wood.


There's that giant headstock and the cool aluminum faceplate. This bass is 100% original except for the knobs and new 3-way switch.


The board is rosewood and has just the lightest amount of radius.


The original pickup selectors were big rocker switches, so unfortunately my 3-way toggle sits a little high. I used a thin brass plate to fill the void where the other switches were, rather than aluminum, to sort-of blend in with the color of the Gibson-style knobs.

The bar-magnet pickups sound rad. They're a bit microphonic, too, so this bass has a very "lively" body sound that's very satisfying.




Here's the adjustable bridge. I love this Telecaster-inspired setup. Its single-piece saddle intonates correctly and is easy to adjust and use. I had to replace a few of the mounting screws that held the bridge, unfortunately, as the original factory ones were broken and too short to begin with.



Yes, there's a tummy-cut.




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