Welcome to Teye Guitars!
I just want to tell you how greats are your guitars , and that i really proud to got one of them (“La gitana” 2013).Mine is my favorite for more than 2 years instead of my Fenders and Gibsons, i really enjoy to play it , friends of mine just want to know if you will make some others “la gitana” guitars ? because there is no more of these in your homepage .
Anyway mine is awesome , it is signed by you and others guys on the back plate, are they all signed ?
I send you Hello From Marseille France , if one day you want to discover Marseille , let me know , it will be my pleasure to show you .
Bernard. aka Riffkeither ( because Keith is the greatest !!).
Just wanted to follow up in my entry with a post on The Gear Page that has pictures of the incredible updates on my La Perla. I cannot stress how much the already outrageous tone improved with the Mojo upgrade. If you’ve been undecided on a new model equipped with the Mojo or upgrading one with the mood knob (an incredible circuit as is) , just do it. Life is too short to not experience the ultimate in tone. Not shilling for anyone, it’s just my honest experience. Check out the before and after pics on pages 37 and 38.
I sent my E series La Perla to the Nashville shop for an Artisan upgrade and Mojo circuit. It’s like a brand new guitar! Aword on the Mojo…there’s a significant increase in range adding so many more tones to the sonic palette. Compared to my La India’s mood circuit, there’s more sizzle/bite on the “Lester” side and more spank/quack/snap on the “Leo” side…just the slightest knob turn changes the complexion so there’s more in between 0-10. I was appehensive about a circuit change because I loved the way it sounded with the mood and feared it would come back with no discernible difference or worse, “less than” it was before. I took a leap of faith and I’m so glad I did. Worth every penny, and the facelift ain’t bad either…thank you Evert and Teye!
Joel, never better said in regards to the MOJO-Mood difference. I may have to steal your words! Thank you for your comment, and I’m very glad that you are so happy with the make-over.
As you know my Electric Gypsy is now 10 years old now! It is a privilege to play and own this masterpiece.
For anyone interested in my review of a 10 year old Teye Electric Gypsy:
Tone = 11
Playability/Feel = 11
Looks = 11
Customer Service = 11
Experience = 11
Overall: TEYE = TEYE
Thank you Teye, for your guitars and your endless pursuit of guitar perfection. Looking forward to see what’s next! It’s been fun!
so good to hear from you! Yes, 10 years, boy did they fly by… I recall your guitar with great affection. The first actual Electric Gypsy I ever built (after the prototype) and how your feedback allowed me to further perfect the design. I hope you are doing wonderful, and thank you very much for your kind review!
I’ve had my 3 pick up La India for 2 years now, and love her more today than the day I got her. The first year, I though I was getting a ton of useful tones, but was really just starting to scratch the surface. I mainly kept the volumes and tone at 10 and used the mood knob to go between full hum bucker and single coil sounds. Then I watched Teye’s instructional youtube video, and realized how many more possibilities the guitar had in her. If you haven’t watched that video series, you really should, no matter how much you think you understand the guitar. The out of phase position suddenly went from my least favorite position to the most used as I figured out how to modulate the 2 volume knobs. About 5 months ago I had Teye upgrade it to the new mojo circuit and that made another huge difference in potential tonal variations. I used to spend a fair amount of time playing with my amp settings to get various tones. Now I mainly just use a high gain or low gain channel and do all the adjusting on the guitar. When I play with people who aren’t familiar with the guitar, they are often blown away at how many truly different tones come out of this guitar.
When I upgraded to the Mojo circuit, I also had some custom engraving done on the back plate and a more elaborate front plate installed. I can not express how happy I was with the result! The standard La India is already a pretty opulent instrument, but the La Azteca face plate made it phenomenal. When my wife first saw it, she though I had bought a totally new guitar! It makes a huge difference even from across the room.
But what took this guitar from one of my really great toys to a family heirloom was the custom engraving Teye did for me on the back plate. I gave Teye the story I wanted the guitar to tell and he turned it into piece of art. The engraving is just beautiful, and close friends recognize the story it tells instantly. I even bought a custom guitar stand so that you can see both the back and front of the guitar as it sits prominently in the living room. It’s both my favorite guitar and my favorite piece of art.
I have owned many exceptional guitars from Les Paul Supremes to custom Taylors, but my Teye is the best guitar I think I’ll ever own. I’ve never felt compelled to write a review on any instrument I’ve owned over the years, but this guitar really is special. Musically, it’s the Stradivarius of electric guitars. Artistically, it’s a sculpture and painting combined. And because the of the personal story it now tells thanks to Teye, it’s the coolest family heirloom anyone could have.
I just received my Teye 2015 Super Coyote, Orange, Left Handed. I’ve had it for 2 hours and haven’t put it down yet. I would like to change strings and oil the fretboard, but I’m having too much fun. It was tuned when I got it and I just started playing.
I am blown away by how easy it is to play. I’m an intermediate player at best but found the neck totally comfortable and easy to play. I was worried about the 1 3/4 inch nut but its not an issue at all.
Since I’m a lefty, its very hard to try out and find good lefties so you have to buy from a quality builder. I have 2 G&Ls (had 5), 2 Heritage (150 and 535), a breedlove acoustic and now my Teye.
At one time I had 12 guitars and am getting down to the ones I really want to play. This is it.
I can’t believe how versatile the options for sound, but I also love playing it unplugged. Mine has great sustain.
My heritage 150 had a 2 inch body and while beautiful, it was just too heavy, I find the Teye is nicely weighted.
Thanks, I got to get back to playing………
Any guitar that makes you want to play more and practice more, is “da bomb”
Well where do I begin? After years of playing and trying out and owning so many guitars, I have finally found my prized beauty, aesthetically and tonally. I’ve played many custom Les Pauls, I currently own four of them, an ES 335, a PRS custom 22, A Taylor custom Koa SB1, two strats, one of which is a made to order custom shop, and note of them, absolutely none of them, even come close to the tone that my Teye Apache produces.
This guitar is the most amazing instrument I have ever played. The neck is amazing, giving the player maximum ease and playability. I love a wider neck, in the case here , 1 3/4 nut. It is so enjoyable to play.
The tone is out of this world, and all I can say is that guitar is an extension of my emotions. It actually produces what I feel at that moment, which is so amazing.
When I ordered it I knew I was going to get a beautiful instrument, but never did I fathom that it would feel and sound as it did.
I live in Lebanon, and for the most part no one here ever heard of Teye. A good friend of mine took a picture of the guitar and posted it on Facebook, and by the end the day, there was over 200 comments about the guitar. So I think Teye fever is sweeping the country’s guitarists , and I really am very glad. An instrument of such status deserves respect.
Thank you Teye for the instruments you produce, and all I cay is keep is chapeau bas.
Had my Super Coyote for less then 2 weeks and it is the most amazing guitar I’ve ever owned. I have lots of great guitars including Gibson, Heritage, Fender, PRS, and Gretsch and this guitar plays as well or better than any of them. But its twice as pretty and sound 5 times better than any of them. I’m a volume control guy. My rig consists of two 65 amps which are very sensitive to volume changes on the guitar. All my dirt pedals are that way too. This guitar just completes the package. I bought this with out playing it and that was very scarey. Evert was a true gentleman and walked me through this adventure, patiant with my misgivings , and always kept his promise. when it came to my house I took it out of the case and admired its beauty. Then I tuned and played it.OMG I thought, this neck is way to wide for me. After a few days every thing else I own felt kind of puny . In fact all my fenders have 9 1\2 strings sets on them and 10 s on the Gibsons . I forgot that the guitar had a fender scale length and set it up with 10s. Plays like butter!!!! But the sounds!!! Lots of my guitars have push pulls and I use my controls a lot. But the SC is like playing with a Hi FI stereo for the first time. Tone wise it’s hard to go back to my other guitars. This thing is like a palate of colors. Thanks Teye and crew for a job well done!!!!!
I must say I have many guitars in my collection , and certainly not the cheapest ..
beginning at the earliest 1938 to the 70 ‘s for the electric all Gibsons and Fenders ..
but there is not one that comes near a Teye . already sounds good without without the amp, and the neck is really unbelievable … feels just as good as a super 400.
my compliments to Teye!! you are truly an expert!
I have only one problem … since I have your guitar ,,, I don’t want to play on my other guitars ??
Love my Coyote. Best guitar I’ve ever owned and has totally replaced all my others. Question – is it all possible to have the pickups and Mood circuitry swapped out for the new MOJO and Lollar pickups?
thanks for the compliment! About the upgrade: just last week I have stopped offering it: we are getting too busy with the new Super-E-series. But hey, why don’t you contact me directly and maybe we can still do one anyway.
I’ve had my new 2015 Teye Super Coyote for a few months now, and it’s become my go-to solid body. Many others have commented on how exceptional the tone is, and I have to emphatically agree. Before the Super Coyote I had a lovely regular Coyote Prototype and it too was a fantastic guitar. When I heard Teye had developed an upgrade to the Mood knob I had to ask him, “why are you fixing something that isn’t broken?” The answer is in the guitar’s tone. This new circuitry coupled with Lollar pickups and the exceptional craftsmanship is magic. The guitar has such a wide range of voicings, almost like what you used to read on marketing material for those robot/synth guitars that promised you infinite tones by pressing a button. My Super Coyote just requires a guitar cable and a tube amp and it gets all those tones with no batteries, nothing to step on, no manuals to read. There’s a 5-way switch that can take you through all sorts of terrain on its own once you’ve setup the knobs…
I’m babbling. Friggin’ great guitar Teye. Thank you. I gave it a pretty good workout in this video:
mrfett’s 2015 Teye Super Coyote Video Review
The Super Coyote arrived last night from AGH with no problems. This guitar sounds truly unbelievable. First, a bit about me and what I look for in a guitar: I play mostly rock covers in a wide range of styles from 1960’s to 1990’s, so while I try to minimize effects pedals, I do need a range of sounds from clean to twangy, to overdrive, to distortion, etc. I’m a huge fan of the 1970’s method of using the guitar volume knob to control gain, so I’ve usually relied on two amp settings – one heavy overdrive and one almost-clean – and then controlled all my sounds from there with the guitar controls. In short, I don’t like having a pedal for every drive level, and I LOVE the full spectrum of sounds that I get from the guitar volume and tone knobs. Ideally, I’d have nothing between me and the amp, and I could play all night and have all the sounds I need from only the guitar. (exactly as you describe in your video, when discussing the frustration with playing electric vice acoustic and having to bring multiple guitars along) That probably makes me the target demographic for your electronics design!
So, I’ve been mostly successful in the past with this strategy using les paul’s, or my gretsch, and lately my two James Trussart models, especially the steel-body with humbuckers. But, there’s always been a bit of a compromise in the sound, except when centered on the two or three primary sounds that I was set up for. I was shooting for the ability to simply clean up with the volume knob and also get a fully saturated sound. That worked pretty well in most cases, but I usually found myself tweaking amp settings between sessions in a never-ending effort to prioritize certain sweet spots, while not undermining other sounds.
Fast forward to yesterday… We all know the guitar is simply gorgeous, and my family agreed that it’s even nicer in person. In terms of feel – the finish, neck shape, and body shape combine to make what’s probably the most comfortable luxurious guitar I’ve ever played. especially the finish. I have other guitars with a neck finish that’s comfortable, but this is really something else entirely. Please, please don’t change that finishing method! Regarding sound – I plugged in was floored by the overall tone and by the options. I explored the included sheet of suggested sound settings (nice touch… is there an electronic version available?) but I really feel like I’m just scratching the surface. With my usual bridge-humbucker thick overdrive amp setting, the range of sounds I can get from there with just guitar controls is astounding. I knew it would be impressive, but it still went way beyond my expectations. In particular, the fuzz-type sound I can get on the neck pickup with the tone control down is fantastic, as well as the clean sounds I can get to on both pickups just by dropping the mojo and working the volumes. Pulling back the mojo essentially gets me everything I would want from a single-coil guitar, with more flexibility and probably better, more unique tones in the end. Even in the traditional humbucker settings, I can get sounds that are like my two les pauls, and my SG, and my trussart, all from one guitar. I really couldn’t believe that this is all possible from a single guitar with a single amp setting. I’ll need a lot more time (and time spent with a band) to really get through all the possibilities, but I look forward to the discovery.
Hi fellow Teye guitars-lovers of the world!
I have already posted a message on this blog, but I feel I have to let you know a few things about the new MOJO control and also the incredibleness (is that a word? it should be!) of the Teye Master series guitars.
First up: the MOJO control. I have three Teye guitars with Mood controls – The MOOD knob on my Gypsy Queen La Estrella has a fairly simple function – it more or less lets you add in the 2nd coil from the bridge to add instant girth to your riffs and/or solos. A simple task which it does very well. My E-series La Perla two pickup and La India 3 pickup do different things when the MOOD knob is twiddled. First of all, the La India has more brightness due to the aluminium top and also three pickups – the MOOD knop gives me very good F-type sounds but also P90, acoustic and all sorts of cross-breed sounds, when used with volume and tone controls.
The La Perla is a much fatter sounding instrument and has two pickups, so less options compared to the La India. Here, the mood knob helps me to bring out thinner sounds, more definition and ‘quack’ when needed.
Enter the MOJO control: I have it on a three pickup Teye which I was fortunate enough to buy recently. I was thinking it would work the same as the MOOD knob on my other two Electric Gypsy guitars, but I was in for a (positive) shock!! With everything on full, you hear the full roar of the guitar as built into its’ DNA. When you engage the MOJO you can shift the whole spectrum of the sounds the guitar is capable of – not only the aforementioned in between and F-style sounds, but the clanging sound of a resonator, the thinner twang of Rickenbackers/Gretsches and acoustic sounds not available with the MOOD control. It also allows a lot more bite for playing old style, gnarly rhythm stuff. I can now use the neck pickup so much more than on my other two guitars – the clarity is uncanny – even with the MOJO on ‘7’.
It really opens up many more possibilities that your Teye is already capable of, but needs the shaping that can be achieved with the MOJO circuit.
I still love the ‘soul’ that my two MOOD control equipped guitars have, but I am astounded by the extended range and possibilities of the MOJO circuit. If you love your Teye as it is now, you will fall in love all over again when you get the MOJO circuit – either on your next Teye or fitted to the Teye you already have.
And now – to the Master series. I have been building, repairing, playing, collecting and loving guitars for 40 years now. I have had a collection with vintage Fenders, Gibsons and Gretsches from the 50’s and sixties which I loved – I do not own them anymore, but I consider myself lucky to have owned them, play them and get to unravel the mystery that surrounds these vintage and valuable guitars. Most of them have a soul and stories to tell; unfortunately they are also fragile, have issues with stability, microphonics, binding and tuner shrinkage, some of them are just poorly built and are not up to stage (ab)use without modification. That means you have to alter the guitar, not only taking away value, but some of the soul as well, thus rendering them to the role of a ‘player’. I have never wanted to go there – out of respect for the guitars and the people that built them. After I sold off my collection some 7 years ago I went for perfection; this got me into the camp of PRS (regular and private stock) guitars, next to custom shop recreations of ’59 Les Pauls, 60’s strats, ’59 335’s etc. I love PRS and Paul’s vision on guitar building and improving.guitars – I can honestly say that the Private stock signature limited I had was the most perfect guitar I have ever owned. Everything was perfect, finish, playability, sounds and switching options. It also had character, but the only it lacked for me, was soul…. enter Teye guitars….
I sold my PRS guitars, my custom shop creations and was fortunate enough to buy the Master series Konstantinopolis ‘Dracul’, which is on the Teye website. My E-series Electric Gypsy guitars already surpassed my Gibson/Fender/PRS custom creations, but this beautiful instrument is in a league of it’s own!!! I adore the looks of the guitar and how it feels to play, but the sound is out of this world. My ritual every night before I go to bed is to play my Teye guitars in a row for a couple of minutes each – not plugged in -just as they are. I start with the Gypsy Queen and love the twang, then onto the La India with it super top end response and then my darker, more ‘manly’ sounding La Perla. And now I get to close the ritual with a play on the Konstantinopolis…..it is almost like an acoustic guitar, the way it rings, it breathes and resonates over the full tonal spectrum. My wife nearly always has to call me to come to bed, as I get lost in the spell of the Dracul……is it vampire-controlled? When I plug it in, everyone comments on how it sings, how it fills the room with sound and how it fills out the bands’ total sound (I’m in a trio, so the guitar really counts!).
I have only had the guitar for a few weeks now, but it has completely knocked me over (and out) and continues to do so. Teye wanted to keep this guitar for himself and I can see, feel and hear why! This guitar connects (even more than the other Teye’s I have, which I still love for what they do) to the soul in a way no guitar before (and I have had hundreds) has ever done. Thank you Teye, for pursuing your vision, following your heart and soul and putting a lot of that into your guitars – I am a very happy man!
First, I really have to say that I am blown away and pleased by the way you are taking care of your customers needs and troubles.
This is first class treatment and I can feel, that you are a gentleman of great honour and an artist, who loves and cares for what he is creating in every aspect.
None of the major brands can even get close to that, not to mention just getting a reply from them at all….
So, I am lifting my imaginary hat for you, sir!
Now, back to my guitar:
I will follow your instructions step by step and will let you know the results.
By the way, I swaped the stock pickup to a Lollar Imperial ( out from my Koll guitar),
because I was curious about how it might sound. When I opened up the electronics cavity, there were falling out your gipsyish whitch cards, spelling the abusers of your secrets. I had a very positiv and great laugh about your sense of humour, I guess at that point I really fell in love with my Pirata 😉
I only did some soldering, no touching of your sealed electronic parts.
Hopefully this did not put a spell on me…
Well, the Lollar sounded great, even the Modknob did a great job because the Lollar has 4 conductors as well, but my Koll wanted it back.
Now I am waiting for a TV Jones SuperTron to arrive, I think this pickup’s aesthetics will complement the look of the guitar, hopefully tonewise the same.
I will let you know the results of all the tweakings,
thank you again,
I went in to Sam Ash in Cherry Hill NJ, to buy a delay pedal and a set of strings from my good friend who works there. He said “you have to check this out.” He handed me an amber flamed top Coyote. I recall having read a review recently in GP and / or Premier Guitar, but had never seen or heard or played one. 2 hours later, I BOUGHT it – I put $$ down, and am picking it up Monday!
So what does that say about an instrument, when a guy like me (61, play in a classic rock band 4 times per month) walks into a music store with the intention of buying strings, and ends up (1) buying a top end guitar he had never seen before and (2) can’t stop grinning? Answer: it is a masterpiece.
Billy “O’Fender” Ricci from Philly
And I might add – my guitar dealer friend is the one and only Eliot Jacobs, the greatest guy, the most guitar savvy person and spectacular musician around. When he calls and says “I’ve got something you HAVE to see,” I jump. These calls don’t come every day. And in this case, when he said “you have GOT to see this guitar,” he was right. I have been playing the Coyote and LEARNING its nuances for the past week. And of course, when my beloved Eileen heard I bought another guitar, and she SAW it, even before hearing it, she said “holy S*#!” The bottom line – if you love beautiful instruments and appreciate the joy they bring, you NEED to experience one of these guitars. And again: Thank you, Teye; thank you Eliot.
Bill “O’Fender” Ricci
Teye’s guitars have replaced my guitar collection – I have a La Perla which is my main guitar and a La India for back up and open tunings – these are all the guitars I need! Besides these I have an acoustic Martin D42 and a ’59 Historic 335 for acoustic and semi-acoustic sounds and playing on the couch. I have just purchased the Master Series Konstaninopolis ‘Dracul’ which I will get in the new year with the revised hardware and Mojo circuit and final tweaks from the Master himself. I have owned perfect guitars like some Private Stock PRS guitars – faultless in all aspects – and I love what Paul does, but somehow the ‘soul’ of the Teye guitars just speak to me and let me create the sounds I hear in my head with a few subtle twists of the volume, tone and mood knobs whether playing live, rehearsing or recording stuff. I can’t wait to get the Konstantinopolis, surely the final guitar I will ever buy or need! Very curious to find out what new shape/style guitar will be born out of the maestro’s dreams – 2015 will be a good year!!
Looking forward to the new Teye designs!
SavoirFaire… be careful what you wish for… You may like the new guitars so much that you will want one!
Thank you, and I’ll have your photo up on the new site as soon as I get to adding that page. And thanks for speaking up on the iorr forum.
No problem, you’ve been cool since the get-go. As for the new guitars, if there’s a 3 pickup option I’m in!
By the way, I’ve got a song on Sons Of Anarchy this season called “Skin On 42nd St.” It features the Scallywag on the left channel and the La Gitana on the lead.
can you post a link to the song?
Not sure how to add a link to this blog, so I’ll just put the youtube link here
Hello everybody ,
i am very happy to be on the Teye Blog , i have a Teye ” La Gitana ” from 2012 and it’s an awesome guitar , i have others guitars such as Gibson Les Paul (Junior , Custom ) , Ampeg Dan armstrong , Fender Télécaster Thinline , but my favorite playing is the Teye.
I live in France near Marseille , so sorry for my words, my guitar comes from Dutsch Dealer Max Guitar store.
Happy Christmas for all of you and Families !!!
Merci beaucoup! Et bienvenu au Club! Thank you for your kind words. Soon we’ll have a dealer in Paris. Not very close to where you live, but at least closer than the Netherlands. I will do a workshop in Paris this year, I hope you can attend, and we can meet. Et oui, je me débrouille un petit peux en Français…
Thanks for your answer Teye !
Let me know a few weeks before , when you will do your workshop in Paris and i will try to be there.
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