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brokentoes
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job on the refinish Suki. Lookin' good. Enjoy.
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Suki
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Suki
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After several coats of clear nitro, flattening the paint with 600 then 1200 grit wet & dry:


A final polish:


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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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it, very well done!
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice
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Suki
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys - all that patience pays off
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suki wrote:
Thanks guys - all that patience pays off


A little talent helps too
Again, really nice job.
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Suki
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
Suki wrote:
Thanks guys - all that patience pays off


A little talent helps too
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:



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:



The knobs are original, and will be kept:



The pick guard needed some very aggressive polishing:



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):



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



Fret dressing with strings on:



Nearly there... crowning the frets:



Fret polishing... Just the final assembly next:

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Suki
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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





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funkilius
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW ! Stunning job. Well done........

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Len
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful. Nice work.
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Suki
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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jonah65
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great job suki, looks fantastic.
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felixcatus
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonah65 wrote:
great job suki
It sure is.

Looks great.
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