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dek1280
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Buying Springy Sound Advice Reply with quote

Hi,

I have opportunity to buy ST-80 in link below:

http://www.soundaffectsmusic.com/pre-owned/tokai-st-80.html

Any advice on what to look for / ask about when I try it out in the store tomorrow or other advice in general would be appreciated.

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dek1280
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:08 am    Post subject: Buying Springy Sound Advice Reply with quote

Hi,

Would anyone care to comment on condition, originality, price?

My thoughts are that it looks pretty good with only honest play wear without being abused, a slight concern over bridge pickup without visible 'E' stamp though wiring looks untouched and volume knob discolouration compared to tone knobs otherwise looks to be all original, price?? I've been to find another example for comparison.

All comments are welcomed.. with only 6 hours 'til I try out please don't hold back your opinions!

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Rebar
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guitar popped up on Ebay a couple of weeks ago and promptly 'sold'. At the time, I was kicking myself for not buying it.

The instrument is, in all likelihood, an honest springy sound. However, the fact that it is still for sale would make me think twice. When you try it out, ask the shop why it didn't sell the last time and see what they say.

Here is the link to the original listing:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=200803888149&nma=true&rt=nc&si=RDSy4phcBiaSEIRvKDrHyW4SKrc%253D&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc#ht_5067wt_909

I am only just starting to learn about these guitars myself and I know that other forum members will know a great deal about these instruments.

Let me know how you get on. Tony
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dek1280
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your comments Tony... I will be sure to ask whether it has been previously sold on EBay.

Do any contributors to the forum have anything more to add?

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dek1280
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok.. so I couldn't resist this beautifully light, infinitely playable, stunning looking guitar. Collect on Friday.

It seems to have been around one or two members on this forum already.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=8486&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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dek1280
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

In the post in the link above the question was raised regarding the possibility of the neck having been changed.

Does the neck stamp have any significance? Could this indicate that the neck is not of the same period as the body?

Also the tuners appear to be unstamped.. Could this indicate that the tuners are not of the same period as the neck?

Regardless of these anomalies the neck has a sublime vintage feel.. I'm just trying to amass some history to the guitar.

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johnnyg
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well there is a coincidence , i was going to buy this guitar also ,it does look great ,although maybe not for the purist.If it plays great and it certainly looks great would be good enough for me,and ive owned ^&*( loads of high end guitars ,to many my wife would say ,shes right as well
i rang the shop on saturday morning after sleeping on it , big mistake .
Ive just got back into playing Tokais and bought three recently ,had approx 15 to 20 in the past , a few of my mates still have the ones i gave them.
funny i havnt been on this website for at least 10 years and had to subscribe again.Anyway enjoy the guitar ,i know that i would have .
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villager
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i bought it and sent it back because its an st-60 not an 80..

the neck is not a V its a C and the finish is poly not nitro,
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

villager wrote:
i bought it and sent it back because its an st-60 not an 80..

the neck is not a V its a C and the finish is poly not nitro,


You bought it and sent it back telling them the reasons and they offer it as st-80 again
What bastards !
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's why I'd put a lot of value on a guitar with the proper ink stamps and markings. It's easy to know what you've got and maybe worth paying a little more.
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JVsearch
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two piece body and very nice quarter sawn neck, could be an excellent Strat IMO.
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villager
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is an excellent strat, just not an st-80 in my opinion..
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

also of interest the hardware parts are chrome, whereas the st-80 is appointed with nickel plated parts.
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johnnyg
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well im really disappointed for the guy who bought the guitar , cause money is harder to come by these days .
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

its a great price if it were an st80
for an st60 its a decent price as its a great example.. my problem is that i wanted to buy an st80 not a 60..
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