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benzem
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:04 am    Post subject: Real Tokai???? Reply with quote

Check out the goldstar on ebay with the odd shaped headstock and sanded area around logo. He spells it Stratcaster and says it's an 1982. I am no expert but have never noticed any with a non fender shaped headstock. Fakai??
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benzem
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[/url]http://cgi.ebay.com/Tokai-Goldstar-Sound-stratcaster-1982-lawsuit-vintage_W0QQitemZ120265640450QQihZ002QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should have another go at posting the link properly. Well it's not a 1982! Goldstars didn't appear till late 83, early 84. That one has - cheap tuners, cheap ceramic pickups, a cheap plastic switch, the later, modified headstock shape, a dodgy looking decal....... Need I go on?

It's also 3 tone SB with a maple board, which looks wrong, but Tokai did mix up their 2 and 3 tone SBs. The body codes look right for Tokai though.

And what has happened to the back of that neck? Avoid! Avoid!

Mike
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's probably a ~1985/86 AST-40 Goldstar, I have one of those and it's a great guitar but not a 50's or 60's replica like the "50" and higher models. Both the maple neck and rosewood fingerboard versions had 11-screw 3-ply pickguards, a 70's style trem cast in one piece with cast saddles (probably replaced on that one) and Gotoh budget tuners. The pickups have ceramic magnets and steel poles. The switch does not look like the original one, it should be the same as on the other Goldstars.

http://www.tokairegistry.com/images/catalogs/tokai_85-86_electric_p3.jpg

Mike
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ochay
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Javelin-
Looks legit to me. I have had a few of these.
I always thought especially with the numbers in the control Cavity and Neck Butt numbers that with the - (hyphen) that was a early 90's/Late 80's Model-
Versus the = (equals) on pre 85/86 Control Cavity/Neck butt numbers
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