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  Topic: can you help identify this one?
Peter Mac

Replies: 6
Views: 660

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:58 pm   Subject: can you help identify this one?
Hi guys,
Well that top is definately veneer. No mistake.
It looks like a TLS-60 however TLS-60's in 1984 didn't have veneer tops . . .
so try this . . .
1) remove the front pickup and take a pho ...
  Topic: 1980 ST-80 E 80 Fretboard Stamp Question
Peter Mac

Replies: 11
Views: 297

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:50 pm   Subject: 1980 ST-80 E 80 Fretboard Stamp Question
_JDZ, no, I don't believe so.
In the 1,000s of pre-1980 Springys and SilverStars I have catalogued, I have never seen this at the end of a fingerboard.
If Tokai were to have used an extra stamp, it ...
  Topic: 1979/80 ST80?
Peter Mac

Replies: 28
Views: 1152

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:23 pm   Subject: 1979/80 ST80?
Hi #44,

I think it is an optical illusion, but the plates are the same size. I have measured them with vernier calipers.
The screw spacing however is different. From 1981 onwards, Tokai employed a ...
  Topic: Goldstar Strat 1984 tuners
Peter Mac

Replies: 3
Views: 221

PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:18 am   Subject: Goldstar Strat 1984 tuners
It depends on the Model....
ST-55 and lower have chrome, ST-60 and higher have Nickel or Gold.

Hope that helps
  Topic: WHY Do Tokai & Tokai Sellers List Jacaranda as Brazilian
Peter Mac

Replies: 11
Views: 349

PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:56 am   Subject: WHY Do Tokai & Tokai Sellers List Jacaranda as Brazilian
Hi guys,

this is an interesting thread, I must say.
The reason they may list it as 'Jacaranda' and not Brazilian Rosewood could be because of Appendix III of the 1974 C.I.T.I.E.S. Treaty which vi ...
  Topic: 1979/80 ST80?
Peter Mac

Replies: 28
Views: 1152

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:23 am   Subject: 1979/80 ST80?
If this an 1981 ( which the serial number and body stamp placing suggest then the electrics have been swapped out.
The stamping of 'A' or 'B' on the scratchplate was discontinued in Early 1980 and as ...
  Topic: 1980 ST-80 E 80 Fretboard Stamp Question
Peter Mac

Replies: 11
Views: 297

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:12 am   Subject: 1980 ST-80 E 80 Fretboard Stamp Question
It means someone put it there for some stupid reason.
This was not done at the factory.
It was done using 4 strikes as opposed to the '80' which is one go.
It also appears larger than the number w ...
  Topic: 1984 GoldStar Sound model Number?
Peter Mac

Replies: 4
Views: 428

PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:38 pm   Subject: 1984 GoldStar Sound model Number?
You could also look in the control cavity where the production stamp is.
That would also give an indicator depending on the letters used.
Looking at the Alder body, it's a pretty safe bet this is a ...
  Topic: early 80s dating help
Peter Mac

Replies: 3
Views: 1880

PostForum: Tokai Basses   Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:24 pm   Subject: early 80s dating help
Is it possible to get some more pics of . .
Back of headstock,
pickup cavity
neck plate
bridge
bottom of scratchplate

As these varied between Models and Years, good clear pics will help deter ...
  Topic: Which Love Rock can this be?
Peter Mac

Replies: 4
Views: 494

PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm   Subject: Which Love Rock can this be?
Hi guys,
This is indeed a 1980 LS-50 made in the Nagano factory, not Hamamatsu. Apart from the Serial number, the double cream, double pole uncovered pickups are also an indicator of the age of this ...
  Topic: 1980 Springy Partsocaster
Peter Mac

Replies: 1
Views: 303

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:00 am   Subject: 1980 Springy Partsocaster
Hi all,
Got a clown in Victoria, Australia trying to pass off this 1980 serial# with a 1979 neck as a 1954 replica
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tokai-ST-50-Stratocaster-Strat-Replica-Relic-Fender-Law ...
  Topic: AST 56 - Looking for info
Peter Mac

Replies: 8
Views: 940

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:30 pm   Subject: AST 56 - Looking for info
- No need to use tape or shielding - Tokai already did that with a brass grounding/shielding plate under the pots. It works brilliantly as well as keeping solder of the back of the pots.
I believe th ...
  Topic: AST 56 - Looking for info
Peter Mac

Replies: 8
Views: 940

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:22 am   Subject: AST 56 - Looking for info
Hi guys,

This is quite a nice find, an original AST-56 in Snow White.
The body is Alder and the stamps are for production and verify that the neck was made for this body (4=6), the colour (SW= S ...
  Topic: 1980 TOKAI LOVE ROCK. Is this an original? What can I do?
Peter Mac

Replies: 8
Views: 767

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:03 am   Subject: 1980 TOKAI LOVE ROCK. Is this an original? What can I do?
Hi guys,

Just to add . . .
Tuners and knobs have been replaced.Other than that it appears to be a late 1980 Tokai LS-50 Made in the Hamamatsu factory.
Pickups appear to be genuine Goto double c ...
  Topic: What model Love Rock is this?
Peter Mac

Replies: 9
Views: 2398

PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:05 pm   Subject: What model Love Rock is this?
Hi guys,

OK so go to the American Stevie Ray catalog to find this guitar.
In 1985 in order to sell into the U.S. market, Tokai had to alter the headstocks slightly to avoid copyright infringement ...
 
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