ST85? Really?

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ST85? Really?

Post by mydogiszen » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:47 pm

So little time, so much to do!

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Post by villager » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:40 am

its an ST-85..

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Re: ST85? Really?

Post by Suki » Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:50 am

mydogiszen wrote:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tokai-ST-85-N ... 1052301458

Any thoughts on this?
Why the doubt? looks kosher to me.

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Post by jonah65 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:58 am

went for a great price!
another one added to the collection suki? :D

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Post by Suki » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:53 am

jonah65 wrote:went for a great price!
another one added to the collection suki? :D
Hey Jonah, why is it that anytime a Tokai bargain is bagged on Ebay, everyone immediately assumes it was me?

Yes it was me :)

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Post by jonah65 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:34 am

congrats, looks like a real good'un-- st80's/85's going for under ?400!!!!
is it a springy or goldstar do you think?
either way, shouldn't take much to return it to it's original state.
nice one. 8)

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Post by villager » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:37 am

i can't believe that price !! its a st-85 springysound

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Post by Suki » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:15 am

Thanks guys, I saw it a couple of times before, but way it was way too expensive. Yes it's a bargain but a bit of a punt, as I need to verify the innards and stampings etc.

Yup, it's a pre-1982 Springy if it's got a stamp on the fretboard. I've already booked the neckplate to be re-chromed after I get the scratchings out - I'm assuming they are shallower than the number stampings. This is going to cost quite a bit, re-chroming doesn't come cheap.

I also have some nitro lacquer and a springy transfer ready and waiting. Will post some pics of the restoration here when I get round to it. I think having the transfer below that lacquer is how it should have been.

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Post by villager » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:50 am

I brought it over from japan its an 85 springy

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Post by Suki » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:11 pm

Any idea what year?

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Post by villager » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:44 pm

probably 1979 or early 80

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Post by jonah65 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:55 pm

surely with the single round string tree, it should have a 4 digit "serial number", pre '56 copy? could be the wrong neckplate anyway?

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Post by Suki » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:01 pm

Neckplates, in my experience, were sometimes a little random?

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Post by jonah65 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:10 pm

yes that's true, it's all very confusing. :-?

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Post by jacco » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:29 pm

It's a late 1978 serial number.
The serialisation changed early 1982 to other formats, more in line with Fender models. So this serial type is correct for 1978.

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