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    Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    I have never played one before. I have only seen them in the drool-stained pictures in my guitar magazines.
    Anyone here own one or maybe just played one? Opinions?

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    Did not get to play it but I had my grubby hands on one a few years back. from what I remember .. it was a pretty well balanced fiddle and just drop dead gorgeous.

    Made me want to go out and have a margarita and dress up like Zorro.
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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    Gonna raise an old thread because I'm curious myself.

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    I have played one and thought it was really, really nice. I did not buy it.

    I knew a guy who owned a big record store in Boston who had an insane guitar collection. His store was next to a store I worked in and he would hang out with us sometimes. He had a couple Zemetis. I remember thinking they were amazing and then playing them and, well, not so much.

    I think if I wanted a Teye I would buy one of the new Zemetis which I hear are a lot more consistent.

    Just my 2 cents.

    That being said, the Teye is awesome I just would want the Z name on it - even though the real ones I played were not so good. I realize this makes no sense.

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    Quote Originally Posted by amp360 View Post
    I have played one and thought it was really, really nice. I did not buy it.

    I knew a guy who owned a big record store in Boston who had an insane guitar collection. His store was next to a store I worked in and he would hang out with us sometimes. He had a couple Zemetis. I remember thinking they were amazing and then playing them and, well, not so much.

    I think if I wanted a Teye I would buy one of the new Zemetis which I hear are a lot more consistent.

    Just my 2 cents.

    That being said, the Teye is awesome I just would want the Z name on it - even though the real ones I played were not so good. I realize this makes no sense.
    If making sense was a perquisite for Gear Forums, they wouldn't exist.
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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    I'm just being honest.

    I think the Teye guitars are awesome. It would bother me not having the Z on it, even though the Zs I played left a lot to be desired.

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    No but I would love to own one


    Major drool

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    Sorry this is a bit late, but I just joined and have owned a greco/zemaitis (GZ) and currently own a Teye La Mora like the one in the link below. Here are my thoughts for what its worth at this point:

    - Teye guitars are very well made with top notch build quality/components and absolutely no cosmetic issues from the factory. The GZ guitars are also very high quality and I would put them in the same league as PRS. The Teye feels much more substantial as it has a pretty large neck (a bit too wide for me honestly) and the body is quite heavy for its relatively thin profile. I suppose its the metal top and various inlays in combination with the heavy duty hardware. Both guitars play very well up and down the neck. The teye has more of a home made feel if that makes any sense.
    - The Teye has a lot of girth to the sound but it can be oddly cutting at the same time. It has a lot of low end compared to most guitars which can be cool, but also has a tendency to flub out a lot of amps if your not careful. The GZ was much "lighter" sounding probably more like an SG (actually a Gibson CS 356 I recently picked up reminded me of the GZ sounds).
    - I don't find the mood knob to be terribly useful. It does thin out the sound to be more singe coil-ish but is less convincing than a coil tap (which I'm also not a big fan of). The mood knob is sometimes useful to tweak your sound to sort of tame or thin out your tone if its too much. All in all the mood knob is a bit gimmicky to me.
    - People tend to compare both guitars to Les Pauls but they all sound quite different. The teye has more bite to it than the Paul and tends to have a tighter sound.
    - The sound can get kinda plinky when you turn the volume down on the Teye.
    - The coolness factor is pretty high with the Teye

    Hope this was useful

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    How's the feel on them? Are they "forward-shifted", like a firebird is? It's a hard thing to discern as I'm sure firebirds feel "normal" to people who play them regularly, but to me, the SG and Firebird feel a little awkward for me when I play them. Just use to fenders. Les pauls seem to be fine for me too.

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    Re: Anybody here own a Teye guitar?

    They feel a bit plank-like I guess because there is no contouring. Les Paul's are more comfortable I think…kind of like the difference between a strat and a tele.

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