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1984 Tokai TST-80 refin: back from the dead!

 
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doudoubass
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:01 am    Post subject: 1984 Tokai TST-80 refin: back from the dead! Reply with quote

Hi all Tokai lovers!
a few years ago, i bought this nice guitar from Japan, but she was in poor condition: scratched body paint, worn frets.
nonetheless, she sounded amazing and ringed like no other strat i used to have before this (Fender strat standard us, a Silverstar & another Goldstar).
Therefore, i decided to rescue that little beauty!

Firstly, my luthier made a refret with some vintage style frets and put real clay dot instead of the stock plastic wich looked cheap.
Secondly, i did my own refin for the body. I went with Ocean Turquoise (Motip can) for the paint and a thin nitro laquer for the finish. i did also a light relicing process to match the used neck finish.
Here is the result. That's really a wonderful instrument, and she plays like butter!

Before:



After:





i'd be glad to see another TST-80 to compare with mine and to found a little TST-80 club!
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Len
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the refin came out great!

nice guitar!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks!
In real, the contrast between the nitro aged pickguard and the body paint is better and looks stunning!
Like a vintage Fender from the 60's...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice color
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iainblack
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

really nice to see the original features kept (stickers, damaged logo) and it looks very similar to the standard Tokai metallic blue colour. Well done on the restoration

Iain
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tres ,tres cool mon ami.Superbe.Vive le club TST 80!Gabe
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

merci!
but where are your TST-80 pictures?
You know, no pix, no guitar!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here`s my Goldstar St 80.Nitro finished lightweight 2 piece alder body ,celluloid pickguard,slab board,original factory fitted Di Marzio black backed pickups.My pride and joy. Gabe.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice guitar. Slab board and '64 pickguard. They continued to mix features on goldstar too
Tokai fantastic world...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bluesyrat wrote:
very nice guitar. Slab board and '64 pickguard. They continued to mix features on goldstar too
Tokai fantastic world...


Three tone sunburst too. Very nice....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She sounds big,fat and woody. Gabe.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

exactly like mine.
That's the 1st Strat wich rings and sustains like that!
Even unplugged, she sounds full and woody...
... and i love that "D" shaped neck, slightly wider and flatter than other Springy & Goldstar "C" necks
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice choice on the blue.
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