Help with identification

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wapner
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Help with identification

Post by wapner » Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:00 pm

Hello everyone I just found this forum and I am new to learning about Tokai guitars. I ran across one this weekend at a local guitar shop, I liked the look of it right away and it played great (as good or better than any Gibson LP I've played). I am having some problems identifying this guitar the shop said they thought it was a Korean made model but the S/N and 2 screw cover point to it being a Japan made one.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RiGy5B ... sp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Y8v5U8 ... sp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IZYYr ... cFOhlU9-67

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MOCnL ... Ht2vuukuwT

Does this look like a legit 86 96 or 2016 model from Japan?

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Re: Help with identification

Post by brokentoes » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:13 pm

Looks like the first number is a "5"

UK export dimple

Looks to be a '85 MIJ Tokai in damn fine shape

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Re: Help with identification

Post by wapner » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:53 pm

I’m going to check it out again tomorrow and will most likely buy it. Where is this export dimple you’re describing?

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Re: Help with identification

Post by wapner » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:54 pm

One more question you may be able to help me with. Do you know what model this is?

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Re: Help with identification

Post by wapner » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:03 pm

Well I bought it today. I feel pretty good about the $500 it cost me. I now know what you meant by the export dimple (the little extra bit on the headstock). Now to figure out the model......Would the Tokai factory be my best best if I provide them the Serial Number?

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Re: Help with identification

Post by brokentoes » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:07 pm

I doubt Tokai could tell you what it was by the serial number. Take out a pickup or both and look in there and take some pictures... but my guess is that is a TLS50 in VF (finish)

Looks killer !!!

Congrats !!

Here's the '85 catalog

https://www.vintagejapanguitars.com.br/ ... catalogue/

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Re: Help with identification

Post by wapner » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:15 pm

Thanks for the reply Brokentoes. I will pull a pickup or two and take pics when I change strings.

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Re: Help with identification

Post by -Alan- » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:39 pm

Can't access the first picture/serial number, but that is a beautifully finished guitar.

The maple top looks like a solid finish which has been bookmarked. Never seen one like that before. Lovely.

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