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Robin - made by Tokai?

 
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andyscott
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:07 am    Post subject: Robin - made by Tokai? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope....made in Houston TX

http://www.robinguitars.com/vintage.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems some were made by Tokai, though:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Guitars
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

andyscott wrote:
It seems some were made by Tokai, though:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Guitars


Oh cool..... I didn't know that
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't even know there were Robin guitars never mind that Tokai made some early ones. Strange looking beastie, eh.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andyscott wrote:
I didn't even know there were Robin guitars never mind that Tokai made some early ones. Strange looking beastie, eh.


Here's a vid of Stevie Ray playing a Robin double neck and brother Jimmie shows up and plays on the other neck at the same time - classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onqzua4bRHY&feature=PlayList&p=89E4ED43DA1FEE5E&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=7
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmie brought a Robin double neck over once for a gig at Dingwalls. Never saw him play one before that gig or since, it's as though he liked them for a year or two, then went off them again.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first year or two Robin's were made by Tokai. I've met an old Robin employee who actually slept on a cot in the Tokai factory to monitor the Robin production.

Rockin' Robin (store in Houston) always had a good inventory of Tokai's during the late 80's.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up a Robin Ranger off of ebay (US) and it is early-mid 80's, built by ESP. Some were built in a transitional period by Tokai, but most MIJ's were built by ESP. Then they pulled production to the states. Pretty sweet guitar, the neck is killer and tons of tonal options. But alas, I'm an LP player at heart so I'm not sure how long I can hold my MIJ LP lust at bay

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