ST85? Really?

Music stores and pawn shops where Tokai guitars have been spotted for sale. New or used.

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Post by brokentoes » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:21 am

Nice job on the refinish Suki. Lookin' good. Enjoy.

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Post by Suki » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:24 am

Thanks mate, still loads of work to do though... the early Tokais all had the decals underneath the lacquer, so need a few coats on top, followed by a fine sand & polish. Will post updated pics!

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Post by Suki » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:37 am

After several coats of clear nitro, flattening the paint with 600 then 1200 grit wet & dry:
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A final polish:
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Then distress the lacquer a little with a few very small random knocks and scrapes (and a little scratch off the decal!), and re-fit hardware... The colour looks ok, it looks reasonably aged and in keeping with the general wear on the rest of the neck. All finished, now for the body and neck plate:
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Post by jacco » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:56 am

I like it, very well done!

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Post by marcusnieman » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:46 pm

Nice

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Post by Suki » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:55 pm

Thanks guys - all that patience pays off :)

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Post by marcusnieman » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:19 am

Suki wrote:Thanks guys - all that patience pays off :)
A little talent helps too :wink:
Again, really nice job.

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Post by Suki » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:19 pm

marcusnieman wrote:
Suki wrote:Thanks guys - all that patience pays off :)
A little talent helps too :wink:
Again, really nice job.
Thank you sir :)

Been busy today...

The pickup covers and pickguard were at some point painted. We've all done strange things to guitars before, what the heck is this? The paint had been mostly removed from the pickguard, but heavily scratched in the process:

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The Pickup covers weren't original. Original Tokai ones don't seem to age much at all. Looking inside, these are the same colour as the outside and look like cheap aftermarket cream covers. These are therefore going in the bin, in favour of some Fndr original aged cream covers:

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The knobs are original, and will be kept:

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The pick guard needed some very aggressive polishing:

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The round head screws for the selector switch (left) were not original, and were replaced with proper countersunk mushroom head screws, aged in acid (right):

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Neck back on, with strings tensioned correctly, and adjusting truss rod until neck perfectly straight:

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Fret dressing with strings on:

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Nearly there... crowning the frets:

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Fret polishing... Just the final assembly next:

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Post by Suki » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:01 am

Finished result (the last set of pics, I promise!):

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Post by funkilius » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:16 am

WOW ! Stunning job. Well done........
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I wish I could play like that !!!!!

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Post by Len » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:27 am

I must say I was really tempted to bid when I saw that auction was going to end at that silly price. But no need for another strat so I decided not to.

You?ve done an outstanding job bringing this guitar back to its original beauty.

Great to see it has found a good home 8)

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:43 am

Beautiful. Nice work.

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Post by Suki » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:18 am

Thanks for the kind words guys - I feel more comfortable that I have done justice to the instrument and re-instated it with its correct identity. It always bothers me whether it's the 'right' thing to do as it's actually now less 'original', but I think the instrument is better for it :)

I have only played it in anger for the first time today: The v profile neck has a bigger fingerboard radius and allows for incredibly low action after the fret-dress - absolutely stunning for a strat. The E pickups just sound amazing - probably the best sounding strat pickups of all time for me, next to the (very different) Fender Lace on the Claptons and the early 80's Schecter pups.

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Post by jonah65 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:15 am

great job suki, looks fantastic. :D

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Post by felixcatus » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:38 am

jonah65 wrote:great job suki
It sure is.

Looks great.

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