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I think it's a ES-155-SR but is it?

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:53 am
by Luke
Hi there,

[apologies, initially posted in wrong sub-group :oops:]

I have a Tokai (335 shape) which I'm trying to identify/age. I bought it from a colleague in about 2003/4, I'm not sure where he got it from but he said it had PRS pickups in it.

I know it's not Japanese as it's got made in Korea on the neck (no flies on me). But I can't see a serial number anywhere which makes me wonder about it - perhaps it's fake? it doesn't have square inlays on the neck so I don't think it's a ES-160-SR is it a ES-155-SR?

I'm not an expert but it 'feels' and looks very well made and plays great.

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Any advice or comments most welcome.

Thanks,

Luke

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:58 am
by brokentoes
Made in Korea Tokai's had no serial numbers. It looks like a nice axe.

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:46 am
by Luke
brokentoes wrote:Made in Korea Tokai's had no serial numbers. It looks like a nice axe.
Hey Brokentoes, thanks for the tip! it's a nice tool, lovely red especially in the sunshine! model-wise do you think it's the ES-155-SR ? any idea on date?

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:14 pm
by luis
Only a MIJ can be over ES-95 models.. Korean and chinese are ES-60

Regards.

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:06 pm
by Paladin2019
Luke wrote: Hey Brokentoes, thanks for the tip! it's a nice tool, lovely red especially in the sunshine! model-wise do you think it's the ES-155-SR ? any idea on date?
Difficult to be exact on dates because of the lack of serial numbers, but it was probably only a few years old when you bought it.

I agree with Luis, it's almost certainly an ES60. Is there a sticker or anything visible in the f-hole?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:54 am
by Luke
Thanks guys for the replies and the clarification on (almost certainly!) the exact model. I can't see any stickers or labels inside the F holes unfortunately. As a general rule then the higher the model number the better the model itself?

My old man cleaned it up a while back and had a look at the pickups, see below. Unfortunately I don't have the originals. I think PRS are pretty good though?

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I'm umming and arrrring about selling it or trading it in but unsure how to value it - maybe just let the ebay market decide![/img]