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Stephen
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Joined: 05 Sep 2001
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Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 10:33 am    Post subject: Can anyone help? Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm new here, having finally found something on these splendid guitars on the web!

Trying to find out info on my TST-50 Goldstar sound, bought new in 1987. It's serial number is 214310. It's got very light body, lighter than say my Fender Classic 60s Strat which I know is alder. Would my Tokai be ash? Headstock is rounded Fender shape, so I'm assuming this wasn't brand new manufacture when I bought it. I bought it from a shop in Belfast, Matchett's which in the early to mid 80s was the licensed Tokai dealer in Ireland, so it could have been stock for a while... they carried a huge stock of Tokais and I kick myself that I didn't buy about 4 at the time!!!!

I haven't played the Tokai in years as it was at my parent's house, and so when I took it out of the case, to my delight I noticed some slight checking... looks wonderfully, but understatedly reliced. What was the finish on the Tokais? I noticed when I popped the pickguard off that the finish was even ly applied around the routing, but then again, I don't suppose this matters.

When I took the trem cover off, noticed the trem block to be a proper sized one and not one the piddly efforts Fender puts on their Mex and US Standards. Is it steel? I also noticed the bridge screws come through the wood slightly into the trem cavity, unlike a Fender. They had rubberised paint over the screw tips. Silly question, but will this extra metal in there cause any sort of electrical interference?

Its a maple neck, and my only gripe is that the finish seeped into one of the dot marker holes, presumably because the fret marker wasn't a snug it, but that, I guess is me being picky!!

Silly questions and points, I know, but I'm curious about the origins and manufacture of the guitar, and there is very very little on the net. If anyonecan help, I'd be really grateful!!
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javelin70
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Joined: 09 Sep 2001
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Location: Sweden

PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2003 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephen, it might be from -87, in Europe you could get Tokai's with the correct headstock even in the late 80's. The body is alder (according to my 87-88 catalog only alder was used for the TST-50 (the picture also shows it with the correct headstock)), my alder AST-40 from the late 80's is also very light, lighter than most basswood strats I've tried. My new alder AST-50 (2002 model) is also very light.

The TST-50 should have a cast sustain block, TST-60 and up had steel blocks. However, Tokai seem to have put better spec parts on some guitars, for example my Love Rock TLS-50 (bought new in -84) has the TLS-80 PAF pickups.

Mike
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mirrorboy
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Joined: 27 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Stephen, I have a mid-eighties TST55 which should have the same spec. as TST50 except for metallic paint but it has a steel sustain block.
The easiest way to test the sustain block material is to briefly touch it with a magnet. If it's steel it will attract the magnet. Keep the magnet well away from the pickups though!
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