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1968 Idol PA-23 Vintage Japanese Teisco Guitar Barney Kessel Style

Idol 1968 Idol PA-23 Vintage Japanese Teisco Guitar Barney Kessel Style

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500.00 Excl. tax


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   This is a vintage guitar from 1968 and comes with plenty of wear and tear. Light scratches marks and dings can be seen all over the face, back, sides and neck of the instrument. Some slight discoloration and scratches in the binding.  A couple inches of binding missing from the headstock. Original pickguard logo and trem arm are missing as well. Screw holes are visible on the headstock and body.

   This guitar has been professionally set up and plays well, electronics are fully functioning and sound fantastic. Recently had the frets seated and setup.


Here's more on the history of Idol Guitars:

  " Idol was a brand name used on guitar manufactured by “Nihon Ompa Kabushiki” which translates to “Japan Soundwave Company”. The trading name of the company was “Idol Instruments”. The company formed in Japan in March 1967.

    It was stated by Mr Matsuda, a former president of Teisco Co Ltd.  He started Idol Instruments after leaving Teisco Shoji in 1967. It’s believed that he and some of his employees were unhappy with the new Kawai management. These employees followed their leader to start a new guitar company. It’s believed that the location of the factory was in Kumagaya.

    The company can be confirmed to be making guitars in 1968 and possibly into 1969. Sometime in 1969 the company went bankrupt due to the slumping guitar market in the USA and Japan. During their time they produced some very interesting guitars that were partially based on Teisco models, but had evolved into new designs. These designs are some very unique guitars, which are rarely seen.

   Hardware used by Idol was a modified version of what Teisco was using at the time.  Generally the same parts but modified with a slight design twist to give them a more classy and unique look.  These would have been supplied by the same contractor Teisco used."


  • PA-18 Pickups Teisco Copy Pickups
  • Cherry Burst Finish
  • Bigsby Style Bridge
  • Plastic Neck Plate
  • Laminate Maple
  • Zero Fret
  • Yellowed Binding
  • Original Hardware

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