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chrisheyes
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Latest Arrival from the land of the rising sun Reply with quote

I took delivery of this baby

An early '82 JV02 Fender Japan ST57-85





Steel Block Tremolo and Nitro Paint



Fretboard has a 9.5" Radius which makes it a lot easier to play and well worn fretboard - proper relicing





3 way switch is a begger to ballance to get the in-between tones though



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful.....congrats!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I would rather have that than a Tokai, just by own bias. Does anyone own both and could say what is better?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why,because its says Fender on the Headstock?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

settebello wrote:
Why,because its says Fender on the Headstock?


it certainly doesn't hurt it!
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MIJvintage
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I owned this late 1991 ST57-95T and I would say that the higher end Tokais & the higher spec Fender Japans are generally, fairly comparable

This one had CTS pots that were coded within 4 weeks of the penciled neck date

One of the best maple necks I've ever owned




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chrisheyes
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ducati wrote:
I think I would rather have that than a Tokai, just by own bias. Does anyone own both and could say what is better?


Ducati

I can answer that question as I have a varied collection of Strats:-

Tokai ST100 - Springysound with one piece swamp ash body - This baby is THE best '54 style strat there. It needed improving by having a Steel Block Tremolo added though. With Handmade David Barfuss pickups made with the same wire and magnets as a true '54 it is a delight to play and really good bright tone and sustain. This guitar is gorgeous and very very light. There are photo's of it on the forum if you care to search

Fender Japan '83 ST62-115
This was the top of the line - All USA parts and steel block tremolo, Nitro paint. Really nice rosewood neck and is as close to a real '62 as you'll get.

Now the new ST57 is more playable than the above because it's got a 9.5" radius on the fretboard.

They are all different and suit different styles of music.

The Tokai is the Daddy though
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliments Volker and Marcus

It's a keeper
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Tokai ST80 and a Fender JV ST85 as far as build quality, playability & sound goes there is not a lot of difference between them. Which one is my favourite depends on what day of the week it is, today it's the Fender
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is one st62-115 in japan.198000yjn!
http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c154690953

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

......that's about $1800 US @ current exchange rates.........
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

............I just realized that this is Guitar Craft, and they are very pricey on Digimart too............
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which of the Fender Japan Strats & Teles have nito lacquer? I'm sure all the ones I've tried have been poly. My edge bound Tele (A serial number) is poly.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the main difference between the JV85/115 and the ST-80/100 is the neck shape..the tokais are a V and the fenders a fat C
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