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Solid Body Electrics Made by Tokai with the Sigma Brand Name

 
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nickc35
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Solid Body Electrics Made by Tokai with the Sigma Brand Name Reply with quote

Hi everyone! I just found this site and thought I would pick your brains for any tid bits of information.

I just bought a couple of Sigma solid body electric guitars. It's so recent that I don't have them yet. But I was surfing the web trying to find some information on them. I found an article on vintageguitar.com stating they were made buy Tokai in the early to mid 1970's. I know very little about Tokai. I owned a Sigma 12-string acoustic guitar that wasn't bad. But I don't know if that was made by Tokai.

Does anyone know anything about these first solid body Sigmas made by Tokai?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
Nick
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joukov
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, nick.

You might find something on your acoustic guitar from here: http://www.sigmaguitars.com/index.html

Here's a quote from Hans-J?rgen: "Tokai cooperated with Martin to build Sigma guitars for the American market in the early '70s, and one of the electric solid bodies was a Tele with Gibson-style headstock:

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4383

Obviously they also sold it under their own name."

Br, Jouko
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nickc35
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Jouko and for the welcome.

I no longer own the Sigma acoustic though. But it's nice to see a little more info on my new guitars.
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javelin70
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Nick! I remember testing a new Sigma Les Paul in the early 70's, it was a great guitar with a set in neck. The price here in Sweden was quite high, a lot higher than for most copies at that time. I suspect it was a Tokai made Sigma because of the high quality.

Mike
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nickc35
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike!

I have been trying to read up on Tokai guitars in general as there doesn't seem to be much written about old Sigmas. I am finding that Tokai guitars are highly respected instruments. I really knew nothing about them prior to my purchase of these two Sigmas except that they were/are a Japanese maker of Strat & LP copies. Now I have an interest in getting a Tokai guitar with the Tokai brand name on it.
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nickc35
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the SG style Sigma showed up. I've have been playing it for about a week now and what a great guitar it is.

When it arrived the pickups were in really bad shape. A previous owner had put pickup rings on this thing when it's not supposed to have pickup rings. The pickup are suppoed to be attached to the pickguard like a Strat. When I took it apart to set up the pickups correctly I must have pulled some wires loose in them. They didn't work. I happened to have another set of humbuckers lying around from a Peavey T-60 guitar. I wired up the T-60 pups and strung it up with some new strings and this guitar plays and sounds awesome. It is definitely a nice quality guitar. There is one problem though. It has a Bigsby style vibrato on it. Unfortunately I can't use it. One push or pull of the whammy bar and every string instantly goes out of tune. I noticed that the bridge seems to wobble back and forth when I use the vibrato. I am assuming this is not a good thing. I may need to replace that bridge if I want to use this vibrato at all. Anyone have any advice on this?

Thanks!
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chu71
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think recall a friend of mine has a sigma solid, i ll check and se if i can get some pics too
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