Which replacement bridge for a '81 tokai ES 100J ?

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Which replacement bridge for a '81 tokai ES 100J ?

Post by bilbo_moria » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:19 pm

Hello everybody,
I'm thinking about replace the bridge (and perhaps the alu tailpiece ?) on my ES100J, for intonation enhancement ...
I'm lost with imperial Vs metric, ABR, Nashville or whatever we can find on these beautiful gibs-like guitars ... which type of bridge would fit ? Any ideas ?

Thank you very much ! :D

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Re: Which replacement bridge for a '81 tokai ES 100J ?

Post by marcusnieman » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:55 am

bilbo_moria wrote:Hello everybody,
I'm thinking about replace the bridge (and perhaps the alu tailpiece ?) on my ES100J, for intonation enhancement ...
I'm lost with imperial Vs metric, ABR, Nashville or whatever we can find on these beautiful gibs-like guitars ... which type of bridge would fit ? Any ideas ?

Thank you very much ! :D
I have an 81 ES100J as well. You should have an aluminum tailpiece now - at least mine does. Your bridge should also have solid brass saddles - which are top shelf in my opinion.

Replacement parts on Tokais and most other MIJ brands are METRIC and not imperial. USA parts won't fit in most cases.

Where are you located? I think the best aftermarket bridges, tailpieces and LOCKING studs are the Faber products. Here in the States, you can get them from C V guitars at www.cvguitars.com and here is a product/pricelist: http://www.cvguitars.com/parts/FaberRPL-110107.html

In Europe, they are available from forum member togps and here is the link to his site showing the available bridges (I'd stay with the 59 ABR)
http://www.tokaiguitar.de/produktdetail.php?id=18

I've bought a few of these kits for my various guitars and they really make a big difference in the over all flavor of the sound.

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Post by bilbo_moria » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:58 pm

Thanks, marcus. I'm in France, and I will ask togps.
I have a Epiphone Lennon Revolution w/ ABR1 bridge, and, as you mention, this *pure* US part does not fit on the Tokai.

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Post by bilbo_moria » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:53 am

Hi Guyz,

Here is my ES100J :

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Frets were not in a very good shape :
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So, I decided yesterday to reshape them :
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That's it :
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And then, 7th fret relief is < 0,1mm, string height is 1.5mm (measured at 17th Fret) and the sound is :D
The guitar is a musical instrument (constructed of combinations of various woods) that looks like a guitar.

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Post by marcusnieman » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:42 am

Very nice work and luthier skills. I'll send you my twin to your guitar when she needs a dressing. :wink:

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Post by bilbo_moria » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:09 am

He he he, yours is very very nice !

Here are 2 samples (ES100J -> H&K crunchmaster).

Clean - Neck PU :
http://www.guitarvictim.com/music/ES100J-Clean.mp3

Crunch / Sat : Neck PU, neck+bridge, bridge, and then bridge PU overdriven with an old TS10
http://www.guitarvictim.com/music/ES100J-crunch-sat.mp3

What a cool guitar ...
The guitar is a musical instrument (constructed of combinations of various woods) that looks like a guitar.

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Post by settebello » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:23 am

Hi bilbo,
very nice ES100J.Here is another sister of yours,a '81 ES100R and only a
few numbers away from marcus jazz.
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Volker

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Post by togps » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:30 pm

Another stunning example of a birdseye beauty.


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Actually F/S...

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Post by leadguitar_323 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:23 pm

That is a gorgeous guitar Togps, i would find that extremely hard to sell.... :wink:

Mick
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Post by mcv » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:15 pm

bilbo_moria wrote:Hi Guyz,

Here is my ES100J :

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Frets were not in a very good shape :
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So, I decided yesterday to reshape them :
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Image

That's it :
Image

And then, 7th fret relief is < 0,1mm, string height is 1.5mm (measured at 17th Fret) and the sound is :D
Great fret job! where did you get the tools? i want to start giving my guitars fret dressing, is it hard to learn?
cheers!

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Post by bilbo_moria » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:43 pm

I got the tools from stewmac ...

My advice would be : start with a bolt on neck (tele, strat : I bought a cheap strat neck on eBay for training purpose ;-)
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Post by marcusnieman » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:06 pm

I got the tools from stewmac ...


www.stewmac.com

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Post by bilbo_moria » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:40 pm

Definitely.
Thanks for the URL, marcus !
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Post by YOGA64 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:54 pm

Here is Mine:

Tokai ES-J00J from 1981

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And a tune I just recorded with it, ANOTHER DAY TO LOVE,

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default ... tent=music

the solo sounds like Eric Clapton live with Cream......... :lol: [/b]

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Post by marcusnieman » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:35 pm

That's a beauty. I haven't seen so many 81 ES models at one time.

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