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Details about  1968 Kawai Teisco Spectrum Prototype -- Ovation Glen Campbell BIZARRE LAWSUIT

1968 Kawai Teisco Spectrum Prototype -- Ovation Glen Campbell BIZARRE LAWSUIT See original listing
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Tokyo, Japan

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Kawai

 
The downright weirdness of this guitar may be lost on most of you, but for those collectors of 1960s Japanese vintage, bizarre and lawsuit guitars, this thing is so bad it's good. What we have is a 1968 Kawai knockoff prototype of what was at the time one of the strangest and most novel pieces of guitar technology out there: the Ovation smooth-bowl Glen Campbell model. You gotta give it to the Japanese, they didn't waste anytime. But not only did they copy what is now perhaps the rarest and most sought after Ovation, they one-upped them as well in the strangeness category. First off, the smooth FRP resin bowl is LIME GREEN! On top of that, the neck is triple-bound, the headstock is pointy and devilish and capped with three-ply laminate and an awesome Kawai emblem, and the fingerboard is inlayed with upside down Teisco Spectrum 5 inlays (makes perfect sense as the Kawai factory was turning out those Teiscos at the time). And if that isn't cool enough, the tuning keys have CLEAR enclosures. Talk about space age tech.

This guitar is in clean, essentially unplayed condition for an almost 45 year old instrument, although the bowl does have its scuff marks and the metal parts are pitted. And with strings up to tension this thing has a huge, booming sound. Unfortunately, as a prototype and the only one of its kind, Kawai R&D overlooked a little issue of bracing the bridge. That means if you want to actually play this thing you are going to need to install the top bracing they forgot in the rush to get this thing built and looking oh so hip. As such, this oddity is being sold in as-is, wallhanger condition. But what a wallhanger she is!

I have done my best to supply numerous photographs of this instrument in natural sunlight from all possible angles. Please examine the pictures carefully and ask any questions you may have prior to bidding.

Will ship in a gigbag boxed and fully insured via Japan Post Express Mail Service (EMS). Bidders to pay exact shipping costs; buyers outside the US please contact me for international quotes. Japanese buyers are responsible for the 5% sales tax.

Please take a look at our other auctions and add us to your favorites. Many more rare axes on the horizon!
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