Such a humble little guitar, and such a beast at the same time! Yes, these early Teisco-made solid-body electrics resided near the bottom of the Teisco catalog, yet these are perfect examples of how a guitar can get a bad rap and get passed over. But seriously, these are killer guitars and I just love ’em!This model first appeared in Teisco advertisements in early 1963. Known as the MJ2 model, in the states these carried the ET200 name. Either way, these were the same guitars manufactured by Teisco. In the early days, this model carried several brand names including St. George and Lafayette. Lasting until around 1965/6, these guitars have that familiar “Matsumoto” area build technique with surface mounted pickups and the half guard that hides all the electronics. It’s an efficient design that many manufacturers copied for many years in the early days of the 1960s.Headstock shapes like these are just awesome! So overdone and so gonzo! Also, these usually have a really sharp “V” shaped neck contour that I also love. I think I’ve owned at least 6 of this model over the years. It’s like I can’t be without one!This era of Teisco guitars can be somewhat crude to modern players, but really these are only a few hours of work away from being killer players. They all feature contoured solid wood construction, good truss rods, and great sounds! And most importantly, these are very affordable on the used market. Of course the frets are still tiny, and the switches can get temperamental, but that can all be fixed!This brings me to a question I often ponder. If you wanted a guitar, what would you rather buy? One of these oldies plus a few hundred dollars of work to get it playable, or a new guitar imported from China? For me, the answer is easy! But I truly think I’m in the minority because I’d mush rather buy one of these cheapies and turn it into a player. How bout you?These appeared in the 1964 Teisco catalogs and retailed for $90. You could also buy an E-200, which was the same guitar, sans tremolo. In the later 60s, similar guitars were retailing for MUCH less money and thus began the image of cheap Japanese electric guitars. It was true in a sense, guitars did get cheaper (with exceptions of course), but the battle of the import prices were really waging, and good guitars like this one got lumped in with the rest of the imports of the 60s. A shame because these are under appreciated, but good if you want a vintage guitar at a great price!