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FS: Tokai Springy Sound ST-80 (1978) - EU
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les
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:47 am    Post subject: FS: Tokai Springy Sound ST-80 (1978) - EU Reply with quote

I'm putting my dear "Brownie" up for sale. It is from 1978 and a replica of 1957 strat. Very good working condition, it was my main strat for quite some time. Is has got a few dents and scratches (it is 35 years old, still).

Specs: Two-tone sunburst finish, nitro body, original E-stamped pickups, original tuners, V-shape neck, bone nut. Weight approximately 3.2 kg. Comes with original tremolo arm, backplate is missing though.

Pictures can be found here.

No issues with electronics, pots are as good as new. I've replaced the 5 way switch though, the original one will be shipped along (tended to be a slightly scratchy). Currently it's got block saddles (felt more convenient underneath my right hand), but original ones are included. It has got a neck shim, which is optional - in case you prefer slightly higher action it can be removed. The neck is straight and the action is currently low (around 2.3mm at the 12th fret). No dead spots, no fret buzz.

The guitar is very resonant and clear sounding unplugged, quite exceptional compared to the majority of the strats of the recent decades. The bass strings are bright and precise, guitar is very balanced sounding overall. One of the very best strats I've ever played in my honest opinion.

Located in Estonia (European Union), comes with a gig bag in a safe package. Price is 900 euros + shipping.

Edit: I've received several questions about whether a hard case could be part of the deal. So, now comes with a Rockcase hard case (excellent condition)!


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les
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more bits of information based on the questions I've been asked. The reason for the sale is primarily the need to scale down my rig. And for certain tunes I'm playing, I'm having a kind of a love-hate relationship with the V-shape neck. However, it is the integral part of the good old strat identity. All in all, it is in excellent player's condition and I couldn't honestly imagine anybody who wouldn't be satisfied with the tone of this guitar. As I said, I haven't come across the modern strats from the past decades with the tonal qualities comparable to this one - it is great unplugged and it shows when plugged to an amp.
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les
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not too many of such guitars available these days
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi !

On image n?14 : it looks like a thin piece of wood has been added between neck and neck pocket...?!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has got a neck shim, which is optional - it allows to have really low action. It can be removed if you like, it's carefully crafted piece of maple. Used long before micro tilts were applied I'm preferring shim over the micro tilt since it does not affect the tone.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

les wrote:
It has got a neck shim, which is optional - it allows to have really low action. It can be removed if you like, it's carefully crafted piece of maple. Used long before micro tilts were applied I'm preferring shim over the micro tilt since it does not affect the tone.


Thanks for the information.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful guitar! 2 piece ash body?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Les,

The ST-80 GS with a V-neck is actually a 1954 replica according to Tokai and Fendah. Just thought you'd like to know.

It would be perfect to play Clapton tunes with.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Les,

The ST-80 GS with a V-neck is actually a 1954 replica according to Tokai and Fendah. Just thought you'd like to know.

It would be perfect to play Clapton tunes with.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sigmania wrote:
Beautiful guitar! 2 piece ash body?


ST60 and ST80 are two piece body...ST100 one piece...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:


New postPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:02 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Sigmania wrote:
Beautiful guitar! 2 piece ash body?


ST60 and ST80 are two piece body...ST100 one piece...


Is it sen ash?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, just had a look at the pics of your guitar, very nice !!! You've kept it in very nice shape too. Beautiful axe, someone in Europe should snap it right up !!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

brokentoes wrote:
Wow, just had a look at the pics of your guitar, very nice !!! You've kept it in very nice shape too. Beautiful axe, someone in Europe should snap it right up !!


...That's right...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sigmania wrote:
Quote:


New postPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:02 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Sigmania wrote:
Beautiful guitar! 2 piece ash body?


ST60 and ST80 are two piece body...ST100 one piece...


Is it sen ash?


This is correct, the body is sen ash and two-piece. It also might be that actually 1954 strat has been the baseline for this model, I think I got the impression of 1957 from some Tokai catalogues...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great guitar available. I'm willing to negotiate over the price in case of serious interest.
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