1960s Teisco-made Domino Hollowbody Electric Guitar




Well, now, this consignor guitar sounds exactly like when it's from -- the late '60s. It's all kerrang and furrrrrzzzee when driven. I like that! Clearly, from the video clip, you can see I'm favoring its driven tone. Curiously, though, its clean sound is actually a bit "surfy."

I'm pretty sure this Japanese build is a Teisco product. Those pickups look like the mid-late '60s Kawai/Teisco stuff being plunked into builds by that hybrid company around that time. The body is clearly a rip on a Gibson ES-335/Epiphone Casino outline, though its fully-hollow nature makes it more in debt to the latter model.

Its pickups sound gutsy and fun for single coils, though the loose adjustable poles on these always mean that the adjustability part is an afterthought. The neck pickup sounds warm and friendly for chord-smacking and the bridge pickup is nice and bitey/snappy for lead work.

The Bigsby-a-like tailpiece vibrato unit works quite well and the guitar actually stays in tune decently with mild abuse from it. I had to cut the spring down a little bit, though, to get its tension correct.

After work, this guitar now plays like a champ and is practical as well. It's seen a few upgrades in its life but it's mostly-original.

Repairs included: a fret level/dress, side dots install, making proper adjustable shafts for the replacement Schaller bridge (it wasn't height-adjustable before), adjustments to the whammy, new bone nut, cleaning, and setup.

Setup notes: it plays perfectly with 1/16" overall action at the 12th fret. The neck is straight, the truss rod works, and it's strung with 46w, 36w, 26w, 17, 13, 10 gauges.

Scale length: 24 11/16"
Nut width: 1 11/16"
String spacing at nut: 1 7/16"
String spacing at bridge: 2"
Body length: 18 1/2"
Lower bout width: 15 1/8"
Waist width: 8 7/8"
Upper bout width: 11"
Side depth at endpin: 1 5/8"+arch
Top wood: ply maple(?)
Back/sides wood: ply maple(?)
Neck wood: mahogany-family
Fretboard: rosewood
Bridge: rosewood adjustable w/Schaller bridge-topper
Neck feel: medium D-shape, ~12" board radius

Condition notes: overall it's in pretty good shape and only shows average usewear throughout. The tuners are replaced with upgraded '80s(?) Grover Rotomatics, the bridge is a nice German-made Schaller (though the base is still the original Teisco product), the strap button was moved from the back of the neck to the bass horn at some point, the nut is new and bone, and I added two extra neck bolts for added stability. The neck has been shimmed-up a lot to get proper back-angle with the current bridge and whammy.

It comes with: a cheap acoustic-style gigbag.














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