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Billy0's picture
Jul 2005
7 years ago

Can anybody tell me anything about telestar guitars? I have a 12 string accoustic telestar guitar. All it says is telestar on the headstock and in the body it says "telestar quality guitars" and it has a serial number. The brand name telestar exists on harmony-central but from what I remember it was just 2 electric strat copies the last I looked.
So does anybody here have one, know where they were made, how much they are worth, etc..

If I have to I can post pictures.

wren_2's picture
Central VA
Feb 2004
2 years ago

Telestars were made in Japan in (I believe) the '60s and '70s. Most of them are worth between $250-500 depending on the condition. They were made with relatively cheap parts, but they were made very well, especially for Japanese guitars made during that time period. I have a Telestar that's somewhere between a Strat copy and an SG copy, and I love it; very comfortable, and a really great, focused tone that lends itself really well to effects that completely saturate the signal.

Very old stage rig

Mourn not the dead
that in the cool earth lie...
But rather mourn the apathetic throng
the cowed and the meek
Who see the world's great anguish
and its wrong and dare not speak.
- Ralph Chaplin

"All good people are asleep and dreaming..."