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Tokai Factory in China

Post by themeinside » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:35 am

Hello there,

I'm a new member here, but I have got a Tokai, so I don't feel I'm trespassing :D

I need to ask you good folks a question about the factory that produces Tokai guitars in China.

Firstly, does any one know its name, and whereabouts it is, and secondly, if so, has anyone visited it.

Thank you.

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Post by Jockai » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:05 pm

i don't know it's name .....or where it is ....

but i do know that i haven't visited it .....

but other people have ....

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Post by Rebar » Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:27 am

Its nice to see that if someone asks a polite question there'll be someone who thinks its funny to give a smart answer. :roll:

I've wondered about the China factory and would welcome a real answer to this question too.

If anyone knows, perhaps they could drop a quick reply? Thanks

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Post by themeinside » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:19 am

Hi again,

Thanks for the truly insightful answer Jockai. Most illuminating...

Rebar- I've ruled out one of the factories I thought it was- if you have bought a Tokai 3 or so years ago, it will most likely have been manufactured in the YueSen Musical Instrument Company Factory. I have an EX-55 from their factory and it is a very solid guitar- nice construction, but they lied about the body wood- said it was Korina, and when I spoke to the factory, they said it was most likely basswood or mahogany. Ah well- still sounds alright!

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Post by stratmoto » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:06 am

Close,

Fine Corporation made the guitars, firstly in Korea, then in their Chinese factory. Guitars with FC serial number prefixes, and a particular font are Fine Corp guitars.

Constant supply was always a problem with them, I waited 12 months for an order while production was being phased out in Korea and being transferred to China. Never received the guitars!

Tokai UK organised production with the Yue Sen factory around 3 years ago, because of the slow production and higher prices of Fine Corp. Tokai Gakki Japan also have their Chinese guitars made there.

Because of the production numbers for the UK models, Yue Sen overproduce. These guitars, with the dimple headstock, are sold into the Chinese domestic market and to any overseas buyers that want to take them.
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Post by themeinside » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:42 pm

Ok- that was illuminating stratmoto- thank you.

I had talked to a representative of Tokai UK though and he did say categorically that they no longer use the Yue Sen Plant and that they have them manufactured elsewhere... I don't know XD

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Post by rayspang » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:53 pm

Tokai UK organised production with the Yue Sen factory around 3 years ago, because of the slow production and higher prices of Fine Corp. Tokai Gakki Japan also have their Chinese guitars made there
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Interesting that the UK distributor had the authority to organize their own production? This sounds strangely familiar to the Canadian situation where the Canadian distributor organized additional production due to slow production numbers from Korea. Although made in the same factory, These guitars later became known as "Fakais". :wink:

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Post by stratmoto » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:30 pm

Actually, a little bit of a brain fart there.

You may very well find that they are made by Saein Musical Instrument Co. They also have their own brand, which I suppose is the same pronounciation as Saein, called Shine guitars.

Not Yue Sen, sorry about that chief!
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