Should i buy this tokai

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havmaage
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Should i buy this tokai

Post by havmaage » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:08 am

Hi guys
Im looking into buying my first guitar in 15 years that means that i used to play years ago and now im starting up again.

I am looking at a used Tokai Stratocaster silver star with serial 1103461 the add says it is from 1981

I used to own fender telecaster/stratocaster mexico models and a few us models.
I am not looking into a us model at this time so my question is
If i should select between a Tokay Silver Star Strat or an Fender MEX std strat from 1992-2017 would a tokay be a good chooice and why ?

There is so many cheep guitars on the market today and i found it difficult to se whats hot or not
Br Simon

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Re: Should i buy this tokai

Post by aroomstudios » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:28 pm

The 1981 Tokai will be better than the Mex fender. Here is some info on the SilverStar Tokai line (below). Do you know anymore details about the guitar? Is it 3 or 4 piece back 2 piece do you have any pics? Can you see what type of tuners it has? CBS, schaller, kulson type etc. Then you could narrow the model number down a bit more.




Notes:
• Before 1979, all models (even the base ST42) had Sen Ash bodies.
• In 1980, the model number indicator changed from being two digits (e.g. “80”) stamped into the wood of the
fret-board, just above the top (21st) fret, to being a black, oval sticker with silver digits placed on the flat back of the
neck where it joins the body.
• In 1981/82, the serial numbers changed from a 7-digit format which indicated production date to a variety of styles
which mimicked the Fender model being copied.
• The ST70 is relatively rare and featured a capped fret-board of either maple or “Slab” rosewood (Springy Sounds
only). Consequently, the necks had no skunk stripe.

The characteristics of the Silver Star models were quite similar:

Model Body Pickups Tuners
SS36-40 3 or 4 piece Alder Alnico CBS type, Chrome
(sometimes “H” stamp),
flat pole pieces

SS48-50 2 piece Alder Alnico Schaller type, Chrome
(sometimes “S” stamp),
flat pole pieces

SS60 2 piece Alder with 4 bolt Alnico (“U” stamp), Kluson type, Nickel
neck, no bullet truss-rod staggered pole pieces
(1966-67 version)

SS60 2 piece Alder with 3 bolt Alnico, possibly DiMarzio, Schaller type, Chrome
neck, bullet truss-rod, staggered pole pieces
brass bridge saddles

SS80 2 piece Sen Ash with DiMarzio FS-1, Schaller type, Chrome
Nitro finish flat pole pieces

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Re: Should i buy this tokai

Post by havmaage » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:16 am

Thx for the reply
the add in danish with pictures can been seen here

https://www.dba.dk/elguitar-tokai-silve ... 064341458/

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Re: Should i buy this tokai

Post by aroomstudios » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:09 pm

That one is really had to tell. It could be a ss36r to a ss60r guitar. All the parts have been changed on it. Tuners, pickups. So I cannot really tell beyond that. It has a skunk strip rosewood neck. Which with Tokai is pretty normal. Not sure it this is a giveaway or if that is just the way they did stuff back then. Maybe someone else can help out here.

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