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Tokai Strat Unidentified. pls. help

 
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archie0907
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:04 am    Post subject: Tokai Strat Unidentified. pls. help Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I have a tokai strat, and i don't know the exact model of it. Can anyone help me here.

Here are pictures.
as you can see there is nothing on the headstock.



serial num 0013030


it has a number 50 stamped on the end of the neck fret.

6=? VS --is printed inside the body.

bridge is made in japan.

it also has the u stamped on its pick ups.
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Suki
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pre 1982 Tokai Springysound ST 50
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tnx, any more info
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

btw, how much would this guitar cost if ill sell it on ebay?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody's guess. Springies are on offer at absurdly high prices but I don't think many are sold for the prices asked. Personally, I have paid around ?400 - ?450 for absolutely mint orginal examples.

I managed to pick up a '79 ST-85 (a much higher model) in need of attention, albeit all-original for well under ?400. See this thread for the restoration:

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=21205&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Your's isn't all original which is a shame, and the decal's missing. It's the sort of thing I would buy and restore, PM me if you would like to sell.

BTW , looking at the serial, I believe this is a 1980.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, 1980 ST-50 YS
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

suki, can you explain to me what part of the guitar is not original, besides the bridge pick up?

btw,thanks guys. really big help on the info.
if there are any upgrades that you could suggest that would be great \m/
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just the bridge pickup. Getting a replacement original U bridge one is quite difficult. Other than that, the decal which I think would go underneath the lacquer for this year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh ok,i still got the original bridge pick up


also checked ebay cant blive the price is this high.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/81-Tokai-ST-50-Electric-in-Tobacco-Sunburst-Vintage-Collectible-Gem-/251567228666?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item3a929346fa

mine is much earier than this one.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unrealistic price - I wouldn't give more than ?450 max if mint.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No "Tokai" on the back of the machines. I thought they all had that. Pretty sure my ST80 from 1980 does.

Re silly prices, yeah - I paid "?80 inc HSC for mine new in 1980!

Mind you, so many have been butchered over the years, finding an all original one is getting hard.
|I did change the back cover on mine to make fast string changes easier, but of course I still have the original.
So pleased to see you still got the original pickup, OP.
Enjoy your springy.
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