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jackdaw1966
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:13 pm    Post subject: Tokai TST80 special edition Reply with quote

Hi everyone, I'm new to the group since I've just picked up my first Tokia on ebay and wondered if anyone could clarify a few things regarding the special edition models.

Here's the listing
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tokai-Super-Edition-Strat-Guitar-/130648773743?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item1e6b46146f

It's all complete unmolested and in excellent condition. I've searched around and it appears to be identical to the prototype listed in the Tokia 1984 catalogue TST series page. The bridge is Tokai branded but looks exactly like an ayre's rocker 1

http://brochures.yokochou.com/guitar-and-amp/tokai/1984/en_05.html

Pic i took today



Is this guitar basically the same as the Goldstar tst80 of the same year but with the all black paint job, gold hardware and locking bridge/nut ?
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jackdaw1966
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry forgot to mention that I'm based in London. Thanks in advance for any replies with info on this model.
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mirrorboy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, that's a really nice unmolested superstrat and I think you've done really well there. Next time you change strings have a look under the pickups, they are probably DiMarzio.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

echo mirror boy also any sticker on the back of the neck?
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jackdaw1966
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys , I loved the look of this guitar and would have paid more to win the auction . On the neck It it has a black oval '80' sticker and a white 'made in japan' underneath, also a supplier plate from Allbang and Strummit WC2 on the tremolo cover which looks original since it has the old 01 london dialcode (this changed in 1990). I'm going to change the strings over the next couple of days and will take a look at the pickups .. how do I tell if they are DiMarzio ?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They will have black backs and white and black plastic covered wires.Gabe.
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jackdaw1966
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info gabe , Ok I finally got around to changing the strings and took the opportunity to peek inside. It has the V series pickups rather than the DiMarzio.I've seen a lot mentioned about U and E pickups but not V , also does anyone know what the BB V 3-70 in the body cavity refers to ?






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Thanks in advance for any info.


Last edited by jackdaw1966 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:26 pm; edited 1 time in total
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lifeline
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Jackdaw, a very nice Super Edition you purchased, rare with 3 single coil V pickups, normally found on Goldstars. Could you repost the cavity picture showing the codes please.

Regarding your question about codes: BB is the colour code, 3-7 refers to the production date March 7, the year taking into account serial no: 1984.
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jackdaw1966
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the follow up info lifeline, that ties in with the 1984 TST catalogue pictures. I moved the body cavity pic when I added the guitar to the registry. I've changed the link so it should now be visible in this post
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lifeline
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe I've seen this on the forum, so here's a cutting I kept from either Sounds or Melody Maker in 1985 by Carol Segal, which I hope will be of interest.


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Many thanks also for posting the cavity code picture, this is of particular of interest to me as I have a TST60 Goldstar from the same production period with a neck cavity code 3-4


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jackdaw1966
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Many thanks lifeline, that article clarifies a lot about these early super editions. At least I can say it's a TST80 with some confidence now. I guess mine was produced before they developed the ET tremolo system since it has the Tokia branded bridge unit with the fine tuner assembly.
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msmartin
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:11 am    Post subject: Super edition st80 Reply with quote

Hi. Everyone

Sorry for digging up an old post but have just got a super
Edition exactly the same as jackdaw that I am very excited
About body code 3 . 1 BB Y also has Y drawn on in neck pocket.

Anyone know relavance of Y?

Can anyone pm or post carol Segars
Cut out ?

Appears that body finished in nitro is this usual?

Many thanks in advance for your replies😀
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bluejeannot
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

H i,I think iit is a V stamp not a Y as it refers to to the V stamped pickups which replaced the Es on later 80 Tokais and yes it is normal for an 80 as is it considered to be a higher spec model to be finished in nitro.
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msmartin
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for response Gabe.

Does anyone have any experience repairing black nitro finish
Gig bag had stuck to back when previous owner stored guitar
And has left marks in finish.

Could I spray over existing or should I leave well alone.

Experts please?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures ???
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