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1986 Super Edition pickup question

 
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Manson
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:19 am    Post subject: 1986 Super Edition pickup question Reply with quote

Hi,

I recently bought a 1986 Tokai Super Edition guitar. It's looks a bit like a '62 Fender Strat, but with HSS pickup configuration. One of the pickups has been replaced by the previous owner. He did not quite remember which one was replaced, or by which aftermarket type. I've added some pictures below:





So the neck pickup has flat polepieces, a grey bottom, windings are taped, and has a blue and a black wire. No so much output.

Middle pickup has staggered polepieces, a black bottem with a sticker saying "IR" on it. It's windings are visible under the cover, and it has a white and a black wire. It has more output and sounds a lot brighter than the neck pickup.

Last is the humbucker, looks like a PAF, has much more output than both the single coils, and has two wires: white and bare ground. No markings whatsoever on the bottom.

Now here's my question (and thanks for reading): which pickups are the original Tokai, and which one is different? Can anyone tell me what kind of replacement pickup was used, like is it a Fender pickup?

Thanks!!
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Manson
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't anyone have a clue here?
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ned
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manson,

There aren't that many Super E's out there. Are there any codes on the pups?

Ned
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Manson
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the middle pickup says "IR" ... could perhaps be a Fender pup. But there's nothing on the other pickups. No codes, no stamps .. nothing. Didn't know these guitars where so rare. But thanks anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The grey one is probably original. Most Tokai sc's from the 80's are grey.

Mike
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Tokai SE 1986

My guitar has "L.White" picaps S/ S /H. As I know these are native picaps of this guitar

Each the picaps has inscription L.White on top, there where is usual write all names of picaps.
Picaps are painted color of the guitar.
If you have a qaustions. email me zor4@yandex.ru
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the "IR" sticker makes me think the middle pup may be a seymour duncan and the bottom of it looks right too .. the neck could be anything .. the bridge looks pretty much like any old generic humbucker. It would have something on the bottom if it was DiMarzio, Duncan, Bareknucle, etc. Sorry it's not much help
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msmartin
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Manson ,

I bought a super edition recently and the guy said the scratch plate was
Never removed. The humbucker looks same as mine but the single coils on mine are ceramic type , flat poles with bar magnet on the back ( same as on goldstar st40 type.

Hope this helps

Matt
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