ry cooder

The Teisco SD4L is designed with a thick metal plate that attaches the pickups to the body.

In light of our columnist’s hero’s passing, this month’s guitar is an unconventional Teisco model built with plywood and formica.

This month’s column was a little somber for me, because I learned about the passing of one of the most amazing people I’ve ever encountered. Here I sat, watching an actual snowstorm (which is rare these days), and writing about an obscure German guitar, when I got a message from an expat in Japan who learned about the passing of a true legend: Yukichi Iwase. He was one of the early innovators of Japanese instrument making. I’ve written about him a few times before because of his Voice Guitars company and his contribution to the early days of Teisco (he was among the original employees).

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