Any info on this cat's eyes tc-30? Rare?

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Postmanpat
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Any info on this cat's eyes tc-30? Rare?

Post by Postmanpat » Wed Nov 02, 2022 4:55 am

My friend bought this guitar and couldn't find any info with the model number or the serial number. He took it to a specialist who couldn't find any info on it anywhere. He was only able to say it is most likely a very rare authenic Tokai. I just thought I would try here if someone has any info about this guitar.

Sorry he only sent me these 2 photos.

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Re: Any info on this cat's eyes tc-30? Rare?

Post by Sigmania » Wed Nov 02, 2022 7:05 am

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I’m not sure, but the first two digits of the serial number (97) could be the year.

Check out this catalog from 1999 showing a slightly more expensive model, TC50.

May be the same guitar with a price increase. Check the specs.

https://vintagejapanguitars.com/tokai-1999-catalogue/
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Re: Any info on this cat's eyes tc-30? Rare?

Post by Sigmania » Wed Nov 02, 2022 7:08 am

The 30 means it cost 30,000 yen new. That’s roughly equivalent to $200.

Lower end electrical guitars in this period were made in China or Korea.

The label is for the brand, not where it was made.

Here is the TC50 from 1999. 50,000 yen is roughly equivalent to $350.

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That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Any info on this cat's eyes tc-30? Rare?

Post by Sigmania » Wed Nov 02, 2022 8:38 am

Postmanpat wrote:
Wed Nov 02, 2022 4:55 am
He took it to a specialist who couldn't find any info on it anywhere. He was only able to say it is most likely a very rare authenic Tokai.

And I wouldn’t call it rare. Classicals are just not as popular as steel string acoustics.
That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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