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  Topic: Need Help to Identify my Tokai
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:09 am   Subject: Need Help to Identify my Tokai
An F06 prefix should reliably indicate a 2006 serial #, or late 2005 production at the very earliest.

I would love to hear back from you, if you can definitely tie it to an earlier date from events ...
  Topic: Need Help to Identify my Tokai
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:00 am   Subject: Need Help to Identify my Tokai
Hi AB,

2006 was a transitional period for these Tokai models
with a move of export model production from Korea to China.
Earlier Korean models did not have serial #'s,
so chances are very good t ...
  Topic: What is this model? Tokai Les Paul EMG-ZW
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:26 am   Subject: What is this model? Tokai Les Paul EMG-ZW
It's an early 2000's Korean made ALC-53 based on the 3 screw arch shaped truss rod cover.
Korean models didn't have serial #'s.

The scarfed neck would have originally been finished in black like t ...
  Topic: Help with ID on Love Rock
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:30 pm   Subject: Help with ID on Love Rock
2009 made in China LS-48's have basswood bodies and maple necks and are entry level LS models as you suggested.
Neck + body would take stains slightly differently being different species.
You would ...
  Topic: Help me ID the Tokai USG
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:07 pm   Subject: Help me ID the Tokai USG
China made SG models like this one are all SG-43's regardless of finish color
(red, white or black) Not sure what you mean by "what kind"
MSRP was 43000 yen new.

The U prefix is an e ...
  Topic: Help with ID on Love Rock
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:29 pm   Subject: Help with ID on Love Rock
Hi,
Welcome to the forum !

Unless the serial # is actually F0601011 ... it would not be a Tokai serial # for any year.

2006 Japan serial #'s have 0610xxx or 0611xxx number prefixes without f ...
  Topic: Breezy sound colour
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PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:13 am   Subject: Breezy sound colour
It's listed as tortoise shell mahogany with a TM finish code in catalogs,
and was only offered on TE-60 models.

Congrats .. if you picked it up
  Topic: Incoming Tokai Custom Edition Strat - year?
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 1:00 am   Subject: Incoming Tokai Custom Edition Strat - year?
Nice .. congrats !
I couldn't find anything close to specs like yours in catalogs either.

Custom Edition headstock script first appears in 1986 vol 12 catalog and ends shortly afterwards,
so I wo ...
  Topic: help dating my gokai love rock goldtop
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:19 am   Subject: help dating my gokai love rock goldtop
906xxxx and 907xxxx prefix 7 digit Tokai serial #'s are always going to be of Chinese origin.
Japan models never used these two serial # prefixes.

The serial # is silkscreened rather than emboss ...
  Topic: help dating my gokai love rock goldtop
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 9:06 am   Subject: help dating my gokai love rock goldtop
Hi,

Welcome to the forum !

It's a 2009 ALS-50 S made in China
  Topic: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
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PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 1:05 pm   Subject: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
Thanks JVsearch ... a few aspects I wasn't aware of.



I am not sure if this one is a 54 or 56 strat copy, any heads up? it has a v neck

best
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In practice certain Tokai ST specs overlapp ...
  Topic: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
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PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 9:14 am   Subject: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
Yes, Ash body.

BRZ rosewood is not spec.
You might be able to determine if it's a BRZ rosewood board by checking end grain and comparing to other African rosewood and known BRZ examples.
BRZ spec ...
  Topic: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
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PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 8:09 am   Subject: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
I was merely trying to put "lawsuit era" references to rest ..
and hope not to see the OP's thread to turn into a Tokai vs G!bson debate either ..


I don't know the facts ...
  Topic: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
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PostForum: Vintage (Older than 1985)   Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 10:08 am   Subject: Trying to date, ST 80 Springy, E Pups might be lawsuit vntg
1980 models have 000xxxx serial #'s. There were no Tokai lawsuits.

It is most likely an all original 1978 ST ... very close to the last smaller neck plate example made.
One way to check if it is ...
  Topic: PLS HELP! First Tokai - need help identifying!
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PostForum: Tokai Guitars   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 11:54 pm   Subject: PLS HELP! First Tokai - need help identifying!
The fretboard has nice grain, however color in pics is consistent with Indian rosewood species.
Braz boards are used on modern Tokai examples that also have fret edge binding and pure laquer finishes ...
 
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