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by ian
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:20 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Free "Love Tokai" car decals!
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

This is an advert for a Town called Tokai in South Africa, isn?t it? Also the name of a grape used to make Hungarian wine of same name ?Tokai? (also now made in Argentina ?. sometimes spelt Tokay, Tocaji etc.). Maybe a Tokai guitar sticker should say something like ?I Love Love Rocks? (although Spri...
by ian
Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:03 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Pickup Change
Replies: 4
Views: 2185

Hi Chris ? if the pups aren?t stamped on the base (U, V, E etc.) then they?re probably replacements of some unknown kind, in which case they might well be crap. But before buying new pups, I?d try re-setting everything ? I have various views on set-up & pickups, but maybe not all fit for public con...
by ian
Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: UK Import Tax - Clear this up
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

Hi mgdew ... totally agree, your post was crystal clear, & well done for posting the relevant paragraphs from the Inland Revenue website :-? . I only added the bit about other goods (eg antiques) because I often meet guys who?ve bought/imported a guitar via eBay & learnt the correct tax info., but ...
by ian
Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:41 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: UK Import Tax - Clear this up
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

Yep, ...but check what I wrote here a few days ago (almost identical) :-? . Be clear that above charges apply to musical instruments... other goods have different charges, some higher & some lower ... antiques for example have Zero Import Duty/Tax & Vat at only 5% ("antique" = items over 100years ol...
by ian
Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:08 am
Forum: Tokai Sightings & eBay Alerts
Topic: 1984 Goldstar Sound - To Sell or Not to Sell?
Replies: 2
Views: 1229

Re the date of 1984?please check what I said on this thread http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3959. Ebay is best place to sell, but note these guitars rarely fetch much above ?300-?350 in UK (much less via a shop), unless it?s ST80 or above (highly unlikely). Only you know if you really want...
by ian
Mon Jul 25, 2005 10:07 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai Buying Advice
Replies: 58
Views: 16563

Yes, Classic-1960 has holes just like the Std. In fact afaik almost all Gibson Les Paul?s have had holes since at least c.1990 (probably since mid 1980?s)... except Historics of course. In this thread we were talking Tokais up to $1700, which is definitely Gibson price range. Dealers have various pr...
by ian
Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:51 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai Buying Advice
Replies: 58
Views: 16563

Hi Darren ? ha, thanks for the name-check :) , but freely admit I was the guy who advised you to buy a Gibson instead (eek! :o ), and also told you entirely the wrong thing about Customs/Vat (whoops! :oops: ), sorry about that! I stick with what I said about the Gibson & in your position I would ha...
by ian
Sun Jul 24, 2005 3:30 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Ishabashi ? Experiences ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4413

Yes, I think it works like this ? Import Duty/Tax is only about 3.5%, but you also have to pay VAT at 17.5% (this time I AM SURE you pay VAT lol!), and you pay both of those taxes not only on cost of guitar but also on cost of shipping ? in fact you even pay Vat on the Import Tax, ie even the Tax is...
by ian
Sat Jul 23, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Questions about "vintage" Burny's.
Replies: 44
Views: 22333

Skywolf ? ha, I was only kidding about calling me Ned, I just thought it was amusing lol :) . Hmm, strange that first 2 digits are just XX ? I was hoping it might be a Tokai style 7-digit number with first 2 digits indicating the date, oh well back to the drawing board :-? . James ? thanks, good to...
by ian
Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Help with identifying a Japanese 93 model ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3090

OK, well I DON?T see a serial number on that headstock. Yes I see the part you?ve outlined on rear of headstock, but that photo is highly magnified & 99.9% of cases a photo like that would easily show a true impressed serial number. All Japanese Love Rocks should have a clear impressed serial number...
by ian
Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:13 am
Forum: Tokai Sightings & eBay Alerts
Topic: '78 Burny on eBay: How close to a LS-60 LP Reborn?
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

Hi Paul ? already some discussion on this guitar, see here http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3961 ... and here http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3517 . Is it really like a Tokai LS60 Reborn? Will it play as well & sound as good as Reborn? Well, that?s anyone?s guess. Not even clear ...
by ian
Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:44 am
Forum: Tokai Sightings & eBay Alerts
Topic: 1982 LS-50
Replies: 4
Views: 1425

Hans-J?yep, agree looks nice (& reliable seller)?has one non-original pup & maybe a bit heavy for some at 9.7lb (OK by me) ? maybe help if seller gave more enthusiastic description re tone & quality etc? but someone will probably get a very nice guitar here :-? .

Ian.
by ian
Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:36 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: What is the model number?
Replies: 9
Views: 3838

JORD ? to answer your original question ? remove the pickguard inc. pups & controls & look in the cavities/routes for an ink-stamp saying something like ?ST50-BB? meaning a black model ST50. Look also at base of pups, which should be stamped U, V, or E, or maybe VI or VII, the letters generally app...
by ian
Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:11 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: What is the model number?
Replies: 9
Views: 3838

Yeah, sorry about those abbreviations (AFAIK, YMMV, 2:cents, LOL etc.) ? I?m really not that keen on them, but does save space & helps deflect possible arguments :-? .

Ian.
by ian
Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Questions about "vintage" Burny's.
Replies: 44
Views: 22333

Quote ?why so difficult to find out?? ? well it would be easy if Tokai would tell us, but apparently they wont! Afaik, many people have emailed them with questions in past, but little or no reply (I?m not Ned by the way, at least not as far as I know :o ? interested to see James chipping in here tho...