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Need help dating a CAT'S EYES - ASAP Please

 
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tomtwothree
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:07 am    Post subject: Need help dating a CAT'S EYES - ASAP Please Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have a Tokai CE-200 with serial no. 2012874. I would like to know when this is made, and what model of Martin guitar is it a copy of?

Many Thanks
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tomtwothree
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone?
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to post this in the acoustic section
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greco_burst
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
I have seen these being sold here and there, as early 1980's CE-200 which is wrong, according to the serial numbers used prior to 1985.

The CE-200 (not D model), were first made in the late 70's and had a 6 digit serial, with the last two digits being the year, eg, xxxx76 whould be a 1976 model. Here is a link for a 1976 catalogue with the CE-200 mentioned below the CE-250 picture, the price was 20,000 yen

http://www.cats-eyes.biz/catalogue/1976/p03.jpg

When the 7 digit serial started in 1981/82, the first digit was for the year in the 1980's, but, the serial was more like this, eg, 4000xxx for a 1984 model, or 400xxxx for a 1984

Yours is 2012874, which if using the 7 digit format, suggests it is 1982, but not so, no ce-200 was available then, only CE-200D different guitar.

Here is 1982 catalogue
http://www.cats-eyes.biz/catalogue/1982.htm

I think you are best to send an email to tokai gakki yourself, and provide as much information about your guitar as possible, and see what the reply is.

I don't know when the CE-200 made a return, and had the 201xxxx serial, but your is definately not a pre 1985 in my opinion only.

This website is about the best source for information about Cat's Eyes

http://www.cats-eyes.biz/

regards, Mick
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Pribollller
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It?s really great posts.
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