We all know that emulation is the highest form of flattery…

BUT we also all know that it’s not that hard to make a fake (anybrand) guitar and rip buyers off that way. The VERY FIRST guitar I ever built (1981) was a literal bolt-for-bolt copy of my original Ampeg Dan Armstrong, and even the buffs cannot tell them apart! Then in 2004/5 I made an hommage guitar to the Great Late Luthier Tony Zemaitis. I engraved right on the front plate that the guitar was an hommage (so as to never be accused of passing it off as the real thing) I built both guitars strictly for myself, to use and play (which I still to this day do!)

Now, these are not ‘fakes’, they both are still in my posession, I actually hope to never have to sell them, but IF I had to I would never try to pass them off as ‘the real thing’. In any case I’m too proud for that, in both instances they turned out better guitars than the ‘originals’!

Having said that, I know from my lengthy correspondence with Tony Zemaitis, that fakes were a real problem for him, and that many fake ‘Z’s have been sold to unsuspecting customers, and that hurt Tony, both on a personal as on an economic level. I never thought that I myself would ever be in ‘that bracket’ but apparently I have now entered into the rarified category of ‘guitars to be copied’…

I have seen ‘Teye’-guitars built by ex-employees, by disgruntled employees that took bodies. necks, plates, and again, it is not that hard to fake one. There is even an ex-employee that has been freely passing out copies of my old Mood schematic. I’m sure if he would have had access to the MOJO, he would have distributed that as well, just because.


Before you buy ANY Teye guitar but especially on the second-hand market, contact me, with serial number and a few photos and I will gladly provide you with information. The old adagio is still true: “Better to be safe than sorry!”