AST 62

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rgrafend

Post by rgrafend » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:14 am

Not 100% sure, but I believe "Final Prospec" implies befor 84.

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Re: My Guitar!!!!!

Post by bunbury » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:24 am

alanhoggard wrote:Imagine my surprise, i went online this morning to research the ast 62 i picked up yesterday, and here it is in the forum. Now I am worried, is it a fake. I am trying to date it and get some info on it, the serial number is 20669,on the chrome neckplate, no #s on the headstock, it has cloth wire inside, the decal looks really good, if someone replaced it, it was done professionally, I did take some close up pics if that will help. It really plays and sounds good. Please help.
Alan
If I lived in the states I'd have bought it despite my uncertainty. Shipping and duty for the UK made me think twice, so I didn't go for it. I reckon its either the real thing or very close to it. It looks the part and all the visible hardware looks right. I don't think you can date it from the serial number - but maybe someone will tell us otherwise. I'd like to know more about the pick-ups and don't worry about the decal!

It should sound gorgeous. At that price you've scored hit.

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Pics!!!!!

Post by alanhoggard » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:55 am

here are some pics of the ast 62, any info would be great!
Thanks
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=agu ... 0&y=pcqkii

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Freaky

Post by alanhoggard » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:58 am

I just noticed in the third pic, you can see where the old tokai decal was?
cant see it on the real guitar, why would someone replace the decal?

stratman323

Post by stratman323 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:01 am

rgrafend wrote:Not 100% sure, but I believe "Final Prospec" implies befor 84.
But that's the newer headstock - didn't that shape come in late 80s? Early 90s?

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Post by alanhoggard » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:08 am


stratman323

Post by stratman323 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:17 am

Actually that needs updating. We established several weeks ago that Tokai made Goldstars in 1983 with the block decal, but the registry hasn't been updated yet to reflect the fact. And there's no mention of the Special Edition model either, yet a few of those have surfaced on eBay recently.

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Post by alanhoggard » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:57 pm

I also got a deal on the shiiping, since it was located at a pawn shop in detroit which was only about 25 mins. from my house.
Alan

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Post by Mickdal » Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:24 pm

Hey alanhoggard

Congratulations and welcome to the forum, please post pics, when you can, you have a real jewel there 8) , Tokai tweed case too? 8),

regards

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Post by Mickdal » Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:34 pm

Hi Alan

I saw the kodak gallery 8)

Could you post a pic, of the underside of the scratchplate, showing the pups etc, I have never seen inside one of those beauties. 8) 8), let alone being lucky enough to own an AST 62

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Post by alanhoggard » Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:35 pm

i have pics here:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=agu ... 0&y=pcqkii
i would stilllike some info on it.
thanks

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Post by Mickdal » Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:40 pm

Hey Alan, the best info available would be from this catalog

http://www.tokairegistry.com/images/cat ... ric_p3.jpg

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Post by alanhoggard » Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:51 pm

i will post a pic of the inside as soon as i can

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Post by ScottA » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:02 pm

I have a 1984 fiesta red AST '62.

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Based on my guitar, yours had a period correct logo removed:

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The "AST '62" and "Instruments of the world" portion of your logo look identical to mine, although in your picture 3 it looks like the finish was changed very close to the logo (so close it is hard to imagine how this part of the logo is still intact) if not underneath it.

My tuners are stamped "deluxe" as are yours.

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The headstock shape seems subtly different to me. The later (and current) Tokai strat copies have a more rounded head stock shape. Yours appears to be in between. Maybe not. Yours looks somehow less sharp. I do have to admit mine seems to look more sharp in real life than it does in the pic.

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I would say yours is authentic. I have a 5 digit serial number starting with a 2, which would indicate that your is of similar vintage. There was also a rectangular "Made in Japan" sticker at the base of the neck where it joins the body on mine.

Mine no longer has the original saddles and the original pickups have been removed. I thought I still had one lying around, but I can't find it. The original pots and wiring were not real high quality, and the wire was not cloth but thin gauge plastic sheathed. I may still have the pots, but I replaced the electronics with a Torres bluescaster harness some years ago. If yours had been rewired I would not consider that a huge loss, especially from a players perspective.

The original saddles were so corroded that they were no longer adjustable (I played the crap out of this thing for many years, I've owned it since the late 80's). I wish I still had the original pu'ps, but honestly, I don't think they sounded all that good.

The inside has a pretty typical vintage strat style route. I can't post a picture because it has an embarassingly hack job shielding on it! It sounds great though and is much more quiet than it was before.

I need to have mine refretted with bigger frets.

Hope this helps.

Scott

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Tokai AST '62 - Stratocaster

Post by guitarman10 » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:24 pm

Curious to see what Tokai fans out there think. I am considering purchasing this Tokai AST - '62 (or at least bidding). If you are an expert search for it on ebay and tell me what you think. Is it the real deal? The guitar is a black AST-'62 model and it has some pretty good pictures. Also, if anyone can post the link - I cannot figure out how to do it and my son is not home right now. Thanks to anyone who can help. Much appreciated. :P :P

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