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by Bluesbrush
Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Talbo pickup system.....hum reduction unit?
Replies: 5
Views: 2163

I think we have an answer!!! Found this thread over at the Music Electronics Forum that shows one of the packages partially unwrapped. It is from an 82 Tokai Strat so it appears that these were not just restricted to Talbos but just to the era appx 1982 to 1985. http://music-electronics-forum.com/sh...
by Bluesbrush
Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Tokai Sightings & eBay Alerts
Topic: 83 Talbo with "mystery box" on Oz Ebay
Replies: 0
Views: 885

83 Talbo with "mystery box" on Oz Ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... =p3907.m29

Any help with identifying the "mystery box" mentioned in the thread in the Vintage (older than 85) would be appreciated.
You can buy my guitar as well if you like.
Cheers
Pete
by Bluesbrush
Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Talbo pickup system.....hum reduction unit?
Replies: 5
Views: 2163

It doesnt seem to increase gain or sustain and is connected to all 3 pickups so I am assuming it is not a sustainer type circuit. I have seen this unit on every 80's Talbo I have opened up. All of these were of the strat pickup configuration. They all have the 3 pickup wires going in to the taped up...
by Bluesbrush
Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:37 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Talbo pickup system.....hum reduction unit?
Replies: 5
Views: 2163

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Rare-83-Tokai-Ta ... dZViewItem

There is a photo of the unit on Australian ebay at the moment.
by Bluesbrush
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Talbo pickup system.....hum reduction unit?
Replies: 5
Views: 2163

Talbo pickup system.....hum reduction unit?

The leads for the single coil pickups in my Talbo go into a taped up cylinder (about 1 1/2" (38mm) diameter) before going to the volume/tone controls. I have seen them in Talbos but no other Tokais. Does anyone know what this unit is? Is this some sort of hum-reduction unit? Has anyone seen them not...
by Bluesbrush
Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:04 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Looking for Tokai MAT guitars or parts
Replies: 6
Views: 3205

I havent been on the site for ages and was just having a look to see what mats are selling for.....and I come across a wanted ad.....fate? Anyway, I have a surf green MAT with 2 blade humbuckers, black guard (I think it is a M-452) that I am looking at selling as it is just not getting out of the ca...
by Bluesbrush
Fri May 06, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone shipped guitars international from the UK
Replies: 4
Views: 3693

The deal fell through but thanks anyway guys. BTW I ended up getting a similar guitar from Germany which ended up getting sent by DHL. I thought it was the international couriers but I believe DHL is the German national postal company as well. It ended up costing only 53 euros and got here in 14 day...
by Bluesbrush
Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:13 am
Forum: Tokai Sightings & eBay Alerts
Topic: Gaban Electrics (1973 Tokai Catalogue)
Replies: 19
Views: 10703

I had never seen that 73 catalog before. I see exactly what you are saying Ian....the Gaban was in all probability the forerunner of the Tokai. I dont know whether it is the same factory though as the FLG-650 looks awfully like a '73 Ibanez. It has those Ibanez style pickups and even throws a custom...
by Bluesbrush
Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Tokai Sightings & eBay Alerts
Topic: Gaban Electrics (1973 Tokai Catalogue)
Replies: 19
Views: 10703

I have some photos in a Japanese book showing two Gaban Les Paul deluxe copies. Both have glued in necks and actually have Les Paul in exact gibson script on the headstock. I believe the Gaban was chosen because it looks just like Gibson.....same G same n at the end. One even has a flamed maple top....
by Bluesbrush
Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai Mat Guitars - Any Info?
Replies: 4
Views: 2531

I think the MATs are truly unique. In a world of ash/alder bodied strats they make a needed/pleasant change. They are made from fibreglass/plastic/resin material NOT wood and sound very resonant....you almost think they are semi-acoustic. (It actually has a very faint fibreglass type smell when you ...
by Bluesbrush
Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:31 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai LR with fastest neck?
Replies: 9
Views: 3203

I am not real keen about that "fastest neck" term either. It is really what is right for you. But I will say that the fret height, fretboard radius and neck shape on my circa 85-86 "original" Tokais are absolutely perfect for me!!! These guitars play effortlessly and bends are heaven. My Goldstar st...
by Bluesbrush
Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai believer
Replies: 12
Views: 4294

Getting six identical guitars for a special order doesnt sound that bad......then you realise that everyones ideal Les Paul will have something different. Mine is: a. Huge one piece quartersawn mahogany neck b. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard c. Rift sawn eastern maple top (dont really care if it is ...
by Bluesbrush
Sat Apr 09, 2005 4:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone shipped guitars international from the UK
Replies: 4
Views: 3693

Anyone shipped guitars international from the UK

Hi Guys, I am looking at buying a guitar from the UK and the buyer has asked me to look into shipping. Hell....I dont even know where Banbury UK is, never mind who to ship it with. Any recommendations? Do UK mail or postage services ship guitars down under? What is the UK mail service called anyway?...
by Bluesbrush
Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Dazed and Confused over my Love Rocks??
Replies: 12
Views: 4582

DaVid, IMO the photo of the LS-80 pickup route shows that the maple top is made from two pieces of maple that are NOT book matched. The maple boards have the grain lines running at different angles and spacing so are definitely not bookmatched. The LS-80 flame top however is close to bookmatched.......
by Bluesbrush
Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:52 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Who made the most faithful repros of LPs and Strats?
Replies: 30
Views: 11662

I played a few Edwards recently in Tokyo and they were all stated as being made in japan. They make an amazing Jimmy Page Les Paul lookalike model with a worn nitro top coat. The top of the range ESP guitars are called Navigator and are up there with the Tokai LS320 (if not better) and I believe cos...