An old post question about a guitar made by Radio Shack

posted by: skip
From: scjacobs@sbcglobal.net
IP address: 75.13.50.168
Subject: Re: help me identify this guitar
Message:
: I have this same guitar and it's in perfict condition. I bought mine brand new from Radio Shack when I was around 16 or 17 years old, that was 39 years ago and I have never been able to find out who made this guitar for Radio Shack. No one at R.S. knows anything about it, I tried a guy that delt in old and unusual guitars he had no idea either. So I guess we that own them will just have to enjoy them and always wonder, where the heck is this thing from??? I know this is an old post but I just now ran accross it and I am extactic to find others that have the same axe as mine. AND are just as confused as I am as to what kind of guitar it really is.
The gutar in question is a hollow body electric, duel pickup, adjustable bridge, wawa bar, volume and tone controll for each pickup, made for Radio Shack by ?well, that's the quetion? cherry red with white pipeing and it says REALISTIC on the head. Oh and the pick guard is adjustable

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Realistic was probably a Jap import made up name, i bet it has nothing to do with RS.
Was it made in Japan?
I bet some big importer just phoned the factory and said stick Realistic on the headstock.

Hey, Skip, how about some photos?

Realistic is/was a brandname used by Radio Shack for its own-label imports. Lee, if you remember the Tandy stores in the UK (part of the RS group), they stocked Realistic microphones, mixers, leads, showerheads for all I know. You're right, though. The guitars would have been made in Japan for them and are probably similar to the Teisco, Kawai etc guitars of the day.

Skip, have a look at the webpages of the brands I just mentioned and see if anything looks close to your guitar.

I have this exact guitar. Bought it when I was 16 about 41 years ago for $50.00 in a cardboard box. I could never find out who made it. I still have it but wish I had taken better care of it.

I had a Realistic back in 1968 I'm guessing. What I remember is the neck was pretty decent and the inside smelled great. It was made in Japan, and I think there were a few models the first year Radio Shack carried them and the ES-335 copy was the top of the line. I also remember going back the next year and being amazed that they were all junk then. I found one picture of it that I'll try to attach here...

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