In the 1960s, the world was hungry for electric guitars, and Japanese manufacturers such as Teisco, Guyatone, and Matsumoku seized on the opportunity to export mass-produced axes. The market for affordable electric guitars grew so much that in 1966 over 750,000 guitars were exported from Japan. Most of their design elements were price-driven, which ultimately led to quirky but intriguing instruments that resembled American-made classics but captured their own unique vibe. Nowadays, vintage examples have quite the following because of the inspiring and different tones these old guitars produce. Plus, their MIJ stylings provide unparalleled charm.
This 1960s Audition appears to have been made by Teisco because it features two of the characteristic Tesco-style Gold Foil pickups. Teisco developed the Gold Foil pickup in the mid-'50s, and it shares some characteristics with the more-widely-used P90, but it has much lower output. Its tone is warm, and it has an ability to sing and growl (almost like a resonator). Thanks to Ry Cooder and his infamous "Coodercaster," the Teisco Gold Foil has become a popular choice for slide. But it covers a lot of territory, especially when you've got two of them!
The wiring on this 1960s Auction is all original, and while they're a little janky, the faders still function. For optimal playing, a modern three-way switch could be a nice solution. Of course, many players would yank these pickups out for partscaster projects. But considering the original, clean condition of this guitar, it would be a shame to hack it up. This 1960s Auction plays nicely, and it has a chunky, full-feeling neck profile. It even includes a period case. It's like a time capsule to the 1960s. Dig that mirror pickguard!