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Dating My Tokai Strat

 
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Flingel
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:48 am    Post subject: Dating My Tokai Strat Reply with quote

I am trying to narrow down the age of my Tokai Springy Sound. I believe it's around 1980 model. It has a five digit serial number 10826 on the neck plate which seems to suggest it's a copy of a 1956-60 model and a "50" on the back of the neck where it connects to the body. Is there a way to date this actual guitar?




Thanks in advance for any tips you may have
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jacco
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not earlier than 1982.

Pics?
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Flingel
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I am new on here and realise you cannot post pics direct from PC. I will email you a couple.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info/tokai-fender.html

http://www.tokaiguitar.de/1.php?pageid=13&tplid=2
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Flingel
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marcus, many thanks. The second link was very useful and I think strongly suggests mine was manufactured in 1982.
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jacco
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I PMd you back, it is 1982 indeed.
BTW the second link with serials turned out to be not correct recently so don't use it as an absolute.
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Peter Mac
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,
Jacco is correct - this is 1982 Springy.
Furthermore it is an ST-50 with a U-shaped Maple neck and should be one of 5 colours YSO, GS, BB, MR or OW. Pickups will be grey based with the letter 'U' stamped on them. It is modelled after the 1958 Str@t

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Flingel
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. You have been really helpful. The guitar itself is black, with black pickguard, one-piece maple neck with rosewood fretboard. Also have a Greco strat and a Les Paul....their numbering system makes it very easy to date them
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Peter Mac
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh...that's unusual.
A Springy ST-50 rosewood board should have an L+5 digit serial number - not just 5 digits. I have seen literally 100's of ST-50 with rosewood boards and ALL have this sequence unless they were altered at some stage.
Also the scratch plate should be 3 ply white.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flingel wrote:
Thanks. I am new on here and realise you cannot post pics direct from PC. I will email you a couple.


I use Photobucket. It's free to host your pics and provides the links you can paste straight into the forum - really easy and straightforward and free forever! There are other picture hosting sites too. I's worth sharing pics on the forum - it helps everyone help each other. Good luck.
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