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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Sunburst Breezy Reply with quote

Just got back in early from the bar, & pulled the trigger on this 1980 Breezy TE70 I saw earlier. It was calling to me as I got the tube home:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200250341009&_trksid=p2759.l1259

Looks like a 2 piece ash body? I'm assuming poly finish on a TE70? Well , have a got a good buy guys?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Mike!
That seems like a pretty good price, especially for the UK. An American seller had one of these a while ago, and I think it sold for close to (possibly over) $1000US. The specs on this as listed in Japan Vintage Vol. 8 are:

"TE-70"

Body: Sen or alder 2 piece, with cell binding
Neck: Maple one piece, or Maple and Rosewood; U-shape
PU type: TE-Hot
Nut: Bone
Peg (Tuners): Tokai Kluson-type
Bridge Saddles: Chrome type
Finish: Polyurethane
Colours: Maple neck=YS, GS, WR, BB
Rosewood neck=YSR, GSR, WRR, BBR
Cost: Y70,000

This is the original page this info is from--I can't read it all, but there's lots of Katakana in the column on the left near the bottom--basically English written in a Japanese alphabet.




The same article says there is a TE-70 1958 model, but yours looks like the 1964 model with 3-ply pickguard and 8 screws.

The complete article on Breezys is here in case anyone hasn't seen it yet:

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc152/gothamcitydrugstore/Japan%20Vintage%20vol2%20Springy%20Sound/Breezy%20Japan%20Vintage%20vol8/

Ash teles are my favourite--you get that great nasal bite, and this looks beautiful too. I'm curious to know how different the TE-Hot pickups sound from the lower model TE-Bs!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know that some Breezys came with bound body... That leave me open to a very expensive new avenue. I'd previously assumed I needed a Japanese '62 Tele RI... But if there's a Tokai version... Hmm
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, though articles in Japanese don't mean a lot to me! Prettty much as I assumed then. It should make a nice match with my SB Springy.

Yep, Tokai do bound body Teles with both RW and maple boards, in fact I get the impression that maple is more common. I've had a Fender Japan bound body Tele from new in 1989 (though there's not much left of the original now....), so it should be an interesting comparison. The Fender Japans tended to have basswood bodies, I believe.

The seller tells me it should be delivered to me by Wed or Thur, so I'll let you know what it's like.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: Sunburst Breezy Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
Just got back in early from the bar, & pulled the trigger on this 1980 Breezy TE70 I saw earlier. It was calling to me as I got the tube home:


Mike


No - that was the beer calling to you. Good thing you're bringing the Breezy home instead of a bar tart...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marcus - behave!

Not that it makes much difference really, but can anyone help me with dating the Breezy? Is it 1980? And how do I tell? The early Breezy logo is pre 1982? Block logo in 83, then later one from 84?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep: 1980. It's a beauty! I've got an '84; not nearly as pretty, but it's one of my favorite playing Tokais of all time. The 70 series models seems to get a little more attention, at the factory...

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, thanks - but how do you know it's a 1980?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um... 7-digit serial number, that begins with zero... pretty straight forward, right?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I didn't know it was as simple as that! Great, thanks. Same age as my Springy.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the ash body and 6-saddle bridge are supportive of the date too; by 1982, that would have an alder body and 3-saddle bridge.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so a bit like Springys & Goldstars - they became more vintage-correct after 1982?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It arrived today. Seems to be a perfect match for my 1980 Springy ST80, which also has a 2 piece ash body & 2 tone sunburst finish.

Sisters re-united....



More pics here:

http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x153/stratman323/Tokai%20TE70%20Breezy%20Sound%20Sunburst%201980/

First impressions are that the neck is a little chunkier than I expected - I thought it would be similar to a rosewood board Goldstar, but it's a little fatter than that. It needed a good set up - I thought the strings were just very dead, but they were smooth when I removed them, so maybe groundwounds? The pickups were set far too low too, so that's been put right.

What amazes me is how little wear and tear it's had over 28 years; it must have had a very easy life. Very few marks on the body, and virtually no wear on the frets or fingerboard. The rosewood is up to Tokai's usual very high standard (from the 80s anyway) - a gorgeous piece of dark, dense wood.

It's a shame it's poly finished - nitro would have suited a guitar of this quality far better, but I guess you can't have everything. I just need to play it some more now, & maybe remove the treble-bleed capacitor from the volume control later. I'll be able to comment on the sound better when I've played it for longer, but it seems good so far.

Definitely value for money, I reckon.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks lovely Mike, as you say, the perfect match for the Springy, and very good value for money!
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