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sonnygonz
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Please help..What model is this tele? "Updated Pics&quo Reply with quote

what wood is it ?and what year is it made?what model TE?
serial 1017812 in backplate
TEB on pickups
no made in japan decal
its formerly 2tone burst but scraped to natural by the first owner..its has
a marking on the neck pocket 3=10 and in the cavity control 3=10 GS .Z
on POTS D1M.

MANY THANKS AND MORE POWER TO TOKAI LOVERS!!






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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sonny,
Welcome to the forum. Looks like a well played TE-50 from 1981, and made in Japan. The pickups are original. It's hard to tell from your photos, but it looks like alder to me--these were either alder or Japanese ash (sen). Too bad about the finish, but if it plays well I'm sure it sounds good!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheshirecatsmile wrote:
Hi Sonny,
Welcome to the forum. Looks like a well played TE-50 from 1981, and made in Japan. The pickups are original. It's hard to tell from your photos, but it looks like alder to me--these were either alder or Japanese ash (sen). Too bad about the finish, but if it plays well I'm sure it sounds good!

thanks..so,its a te-50 model..it does play well sir/ma'am..just needed some refrets..
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im curious ive never seen a te-50 in two toned burst..mine is a 2pc center joined body originally in two tone burst finish..
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sonnygonz wrote:
ive never seen a te-50 in two toned burst....


I can't help with a TE50, but here's my 1980 TE70 in two tone SB.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice one piece body you got there sir..thakns
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a one piece from the front doesn't it? It's actually two:



Tokai seem to hide their body joins better than anyone else I have seen. And I include Fender & Bacchus in that.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

uhmm.would be there a possibilty that this tokai of mine is a TE-70?i can show you tommorow a pic that this is realy a 2tone burst finish before..beneath the pickguard is a untouch original paint,.and this is my first tokai tele and im very surprise to its sound...very sweet even in a Guitar to Amp rig only..it tone likely to have a breath!many thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I'm not an expert, but I think the TE70s were sen (Japanese ash) while the cheaper models were alder. But I might be wrong about this. Yours looks more like alder to me.

It shouldn't make any difference to the quality of the sound though, alder tends to sound softer and warmer than ash/sen, so both woods have their good points. Sen looks prettier though.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got it sir..appreciate your help..
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post your pics anyway, it's always interesting to see other member's Tokais. And it's Mike, not sir...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Sir Mike, that's one beautiful tele you've got there!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
Well I'm not an expert, but I think the TE70s were sen (Japanese ash) while the cheaper models were alder. But I might be wrong about this. Yours looks more like alder to me.

It shouldn't make any difference to the quality of the sound though, alder tends to sound softer and warmer than ash/sen, so both woods have their good points. Sen looks prettier though.



It's alder - same as my 81 TE55:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice grain for alder Marcus.

The more I see, the more I'm convinced that the reason these 80s Tokais are so good is the quality of the wood they used. Great craftsmanship too, but even a great craftsman can't do much with poor wood.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike. The knot holes are kind of a giveaway for Alder - not as pretty as Sen/Ash.

Yeah, the craftmanship is one of their biggest strengths. As noted earlier, their center joins are flawless. You can't see the seams at all thru the finish - you have to look at the wood patterning to see them and even that is difficult sometimes.
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