Sometime in the early 70s, Sears began to import these Telecaster copies. After sharing a long standing relationship with Kawai, these came from an unknown source (but give me time, I’ll figure it out!!) and the quality did take a dip. Not that the quality of the earlier guitars was great, but in the 70s Japanese guitars were in full copy mode but mainly just in looks.This same model was also sold in Japan and often carried the Thomas or similar name. In Japan, you could buy these from magazine advertisements! Even then, these guitars were considered “third rate” instruments only meant for the very beginning guitarist. But I have to say, every old Japanese Telecaster copy I’ve ever owned or played has sounded great! I mean that, for whatever reason they almost always sound killer! Maybe the sound of these old Japanese single coils just have that classic Telecaster twang in spades? Pickups read out at 5.18k and 5.44k.Check out the “new” Sears logo! Gone were the days of Silvertone, and now that stylized SR hologram logo was the thang! Solid necks, plywood bodies. Interesting in that curious way the Japanese guitars often are.Quirks and weirdness aside, these darn things have decent sustain and and real biting quality. They bark! I’ve owned a few real Fender Telecasters in my day, and there are some that sound dead and some that bark. But again, almost every old Japanese Telecaster copy has that bright spanky sound. Of course they almost always need more work than any Fender, and the frets on these are painfully small!But for the working class family that wanted to get a guitar, this was a decent choice. Nice sunburst finish on this one! I’ve also seen people go crazy for National branded Japanese Tele copies, but I’ve owned about 5 different Tele copies from the early to mid 70s and really there isn’t one that stands out in my opinion. Be careful of that hype machine peeps! In a year or two many of these cheaper Tele copies would be made in Korea and Taiwan. But brands like Tokai and Greco would soon be producing some excellent Fender copies towards the late 70s and early 80s, and of course Fender would soon be selecting one of the finest guitar manufacturers to produce their guitars in Japan! But right here, in this small window of the early 70s, these ultra cheap Japanese copies are just the thing for me. Dave down at Happy Guitar Repair did all the work on this one and Mike Dugan does all the playing!