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Tokai Teles Breezy Sounds

 
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royston vasey
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Joined: 20 Oct 2001
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2001 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been looking for an old Tokai Tele for about a year now. These are extremely rare in the UK.

Tried out two new Tokai teles (?450 for cash = $700!!). Whilst the finish and necks on both were excellent, they were let down by the sound. They didn't sound too bad on their own but I A/B'd them with a Fender Tele and it blew them away. I was really disappointed with the sound of the Tokais.
I wasn't willing to pay that much money then lay out another ?100 ($150) for decent pick ups.

I ended up with a MIA Fender Tele Std bought privately for ?350 ($500). Great sounding guitar.

By the way I didn't mention that the new ones are butt ugly - enlarged headstock and this weird 'flattened' area on the body by the jack socket. I understand they've had to do that because of legal wrangles with Fender. The metal plate under the bridge was really rough, finished off to a very poor standard.

I'll still look out for an old Tokai tele for about ?250.

roy
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