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Tokai TGC identification

Post by Monkey_like_guitar » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:20 am

Hello,
I have an opportunity to buy a Tokai LP, but I am unable to find any information about the guitar.
Has anyone seen or have one of these?
Are they similar to the ALS or ALC models or is it a "custom" version of one of these models?
The seller is on vacation right now and I will not be able to contact them for a week or two.
Lastly, does anyone know what would be a reasonable price for this guitar?
It is listed as NOS, unused.

Here is what the listing says:
Brand model : TOKAI TGC (Tokai Guitar Custom)
Wood configuration : mahogany body, maple neck, Bolivian rosewood fingerboard
Other remarks : stock, unused
Hardware configuration : original factory configuration

The serial number starts CN15 so I am assuming it was made in China in 2015. Yes?
Thanks for any insight you can offer me.

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Re: Tokai TGC identification

Post by marcusnieman » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:12 pm

TGC probably means Tokai Gakki Co., Ltd., often referred as Tokai Guitars Company Ltd.,

Yes, made in China

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Re: Tokai TGC identification

Post by Monkey_like_guitar » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:20 pm

Thank you for this information.
The seller wants 185usd for the guitar.
Do you think that is a reasonable price for this guitar?
I am clueless as to the value of this instrument.
marcusnieman wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:12 pm
TGC probably means Tokai Gakki Co., Ltd., often referred as Tokai Guitars Company Ltd.,

Yes, made in China

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Re: Tokai TGC identification

Post by marcusnieman » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:36 am

Seems like a great price to me..... even these lower end Chinese builds are quite good for what you get..... you'll probably want to swap out the pickups, and electronics but at a "throw away guitar" price like that, I'd take a chance - certainly against anything that Epiphone has to offer for much more money.

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Re: Tokai TGC identification

Post by Monkey_like_guitar » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:25 pm

Thank you very much for your reply.
This is exactly what I was thinking, but I wanted some confirmation from someone with more Tokai experience than me.
Cheers!
marcusnieman wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:36 am
Seems like a great price to me..... even these lower end Chinese builds are quite good for what you get..... you'll probably want to swap out the pickups, and electronics but at a "throw away guitar" price like that, I'd take a chance - certainly against anything that Epiphone has to offer for much more money.

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Re: Tokai TGC identification

Post by Ozeguitarguy » Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:22 am

I've been seeing these "TGC" inlayed guitars popping up a lot lately.
They are 100% Chinese but unsure as to whether they are 100% Tokai.
Will contact Tokai and find out if this is a thing or not :)
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Re: Tokai TGC identification

Post by Monkey_like_guitar » Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:33 am

Right on. This one is being sold in China. It is on Taobao. I live in Shanghai.
The store is also selling other Tokai and some Dillion guitars too.
You might be on the something here.
The store is selling a few Tokai Firebird style guitars, but the scratchguard doesn't have the red bird on them.
Perhaps these are parts taken from a closed factory (or the still operating Chinese factory) or they are production rejects that are being taken out of the factory by employees and being sold on Taobao.
Many of the Tokai guitars for sale on the store are dated to 2015 and have a serial number that starts C15XXXXXX.

Ozeguitarguy wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:22 am
I've been seeing these "TGC" inlayed guitars popping up a lot lately.
They are 100% Chinese but unsure as to whether they are 100% Tokai.
Will contact Tokai and find out if this is a thing or not :)

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