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CE200 ¥20,000
It features outstanding playability due to carefully selected materials and strict adjustment standards. The soft sound emitted from the Nato wood sides and back has an acoustic feel. The neck shape that ensures smooth fingerwork and the precise fingerboard processing are unique to the CE200. The fret processing is the same cell over binding dreadnought body as Martin guitars. There is a unique deep flavor in its simple form.

CE250 ¥25,000
The sides and back are made of high-grade rosewood, and the top is made of Ezo pine, giving it an elegant design. Cell-over binding fret processing completely prevents strings from falling off. The neck shape and dreadnought body make it easy to play slurs and bends as you like. The combination of Martin M140 light gauge creates a sharp sound. Rotomatic pegs ensure precise tuning.

CE300 ¥30,000
The fingerboard inlays are now even more beautiful and delicate, centered around the cat's eye at the 12th fret. The nuts and saddles, which have a subtle effect on sound creation, are machined with extreme precision to ensure ideal string vibration. The combination of high quality rosewood sides and back, spruce top, and dreadnought body creates an impressive sound. The powerful bass and supple treble are unique to the CE300.

CE350 ST ¥35,000
A classy brown sunburst seared top. The gentle coloring retains the look of the Martin ST. The sides and back are made of high quality rosewood. From low to high positions, you'll be inspired by the uniform timbre and sound quality, and suddenly new phrases will come to mind. Dynamic chord strokes and an outstanding touch feel that allows for quick and powerful picking. A proud product that is an upgraded version of the CE300.

CE400 ¥40,000
A best-selling guitar with an acoustic sound in a simple form. The spruce veneer top has a delicate finish handmade by craftsmen. The Martin tradition remains intact, and the warm, rich tone will captivate guitarists. Vivid sound separation, deep bass, and plenty of room to accommodate all playing styles. Don't overlook the Rotomatic pegs that promise reliable tuning.

CE400 ¥40,000
A best-selling guitar with an acoustic sound in a simple form. The spruce veneer top has a delicate finish handmade by craftsmen. The Martin tradition remains intact, and the warm, rich tone will captivate guitarists. Vivid sound separation, deep bass, and plenty of room to accommodate all playing styles. Don't overlook the Rotomatic pegs that promise reliable tuning.

CE500 ¥50,000
Spruce veneer top and African Combination of mahogany neck. Ne The back cut is a Martin D45 model. Ip. The delicate hands of a craftsman For wide nut adjustment and string height adjustment Therefore, the chord strike in the high position Locating and picking are even smoother It became Singing high notes, waist You can't help but be amazed by the bass and exquisite balance. So much so. Luxurious Go mound of rotomatic pegs It is also suitable for CE500.

CE600 ¥60,000
A representative middle-class model that emphasizes playability. The craftsman's artistic skills and experience are evident throughout, including the handmade spruce veneer top. Great care has been taken to fine-tune the nut to ensure the best sustain, and the depth and width are ideal for string vibration. The saddle is also made of hard resin, an unfortunate consideration. Carefully selected rosewood on the sides and back. The neck shape and balance are perfect. The powerful bass and supple, clear high tones emitted from the Dreadnough body are nothing short of exquisite. The rich sense of harmony and dynamic chord strokes that finger pickers have been waiting for are unique to the CE600.Guitarists will be captivated by the core, well-rounded sound and sharp rise of the sound. Excellent long-distance performance was also demonstrated on the live stage. The strings are Martin M150 medium gauge, and the combination with the body is outstanding. Grover Type Throat Matic pegs ensure precise tuning. The cat's eye mark on the headstock accentuates the simple design. The position mark of the white pearl oyster is also wonderful. ``Forest of Masterpieces'' The elite CE600 of the Cat's Eye series.

CE800 ¥80,000 As a limited production model, this is already well-received by acoustic guitar freaks. The supple treble, rich and deep bass, and uniform sound quality across all positions are unique to the CE800. Perfect fretting, fingerboard processing, fine adjustment of the nut and saddle, solid spruce top, and excellent playability created by the rock back. You can also move quickly between positions with complete ease. The excellent long range performance created by the total balance has been proven on stage by professional guitarists. The overall design is the reincarnation of that Martin guitar, the herringbone D28. Inheriting the production policy of the D28, which boasted the highest quality during the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s, the craftsman's skills and experience reach an artistic level. Special specifications include scalloped bracing, slotted diamond inlays, herringbone trim, mini flowerpot pegheads, crucian type pegs, and shell type pickguard. ``Forest of Masterpieces'' We want you to experience the unique CE800 from the Cat's Eye series and its clear acoustic sound.

CE800T ¥80,000
GUITAR ¥67,000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13,000
Featuring a sense of balance and crisp sharpness unique to the auditorium body. The whole thing is extremely simple, with a Martin style bridge, white pearl position marks, and tortoiseshell cell pickguard. The painstaking craftsmanship of the craftsmen shines everywhere, and it is as amazing as 1200T2000T. This is a handmade guitar with outstanding cost performance that demonstrates overwhelming power for fingerpicking and the more you play it, the more you enjoy it. A special hard case is also included. Coming soon.

CE1000 ¥100,000
The top is made of the finest spruce that has been dried and seasoned to the best condition, and the sides and back are made of luxurious materials such as rosewood veneer. Craftsmen who received technical guidance from Martin use their skills to create the body. A masterpiece of a handmade guitar with an ivory nut and bridge, herringbone trim, zigzag back stripe, ultra-thin pickguard, flower pot head inlay, and glover pegs mounted in the best balance.

CE1200 ¥120,000
The CE1000 has been further upgraded with a luxurious 3-piece rosewood back and original cat's eye inlay on the fingerboard. The more you play it, the deeper the flavor and the clearer it becomes. This is the essence of handmade guitars, which are the result of a master craftsman's skills developed over a long period of time and the intuition of grasping the essence of a guitar all at once. We want you to experience the exquisite touch and the wonderful long-distance sound.

CE1200 T ¥120,000
GUITAR ¥102,000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13,000
Top quality handmade guitar with solid spruce top and solid rose sides and back. The bridge is mounted with a long slot type that was used until the 1960s on Martin guitars. Accurately transmits string vibrations to the body. The wonderful balance of sound and excellent playability are exactly what professionals like. The more you play it, the deeper the sound becomes and the more you play it, the deeper the sound will shake your soul. It has something hidden that cannot be obtained with the D model body. OM model specifications (chord length 645.2mm) are also made to order. Coming soon. CE1300 OM ¥130,000 Guitar ¥117,000 Case ¥13,000

CE1500 ¥150,000
GUITAR ¥137,000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13,000
It features a big sound created by the exquisite combination of carefully selected Scots pine top and Jacaranda sides and back. The balance between the core and powerful bass and clear treble, and the quick position changes are accompanied by a rich sense of harmony. A popular piece with chord stroke dynamics, smooth fingerpicking, plenty of volume, and delicate nuances. Original flower pot on peg head. The Grover Gold Peg mount is also nice
 
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CE2000 ¥200,000
GUITAR ¥187,000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13000
The CE2000 guitar is the culmination of the craftsman's accumulated skills and experience reaching an artistic height. The top is made of Ezo pine veneer, and the sides and back are made of Jakaranda veneer, all made of top-class materials. Total Lance's impressive volume and excellent long-distance reach make it ideal for professional guitarists, conveying the player's sensibilities to every corner of the concert hall. The Mexican shell inlay and Grover Gold mount are also wonderful.

CE2000T ¥200,000
GUITAR ¥187,000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13000
A masterpiece of the highest quality handmade guitar developed by Cat's Eye PROJECT and delivered to the auditorium. The reason why many top professionals use it on stage and in the studio is simply because of its outstanding tone and balance. Like the Martin, the neck has a square-steel knob and is finished with French lacquer. Comes with a special hard case. OM model specifications (chord length 645.2mm) are also made to order. CE2100 OM ¥210,000 Guitar ¥197,000 Case ¥13,000

CE2500 ¥250000
GUITAR ¥237,000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13,000
Dreadnought's masterpiece, the CE2500, is more worthy of being considered a work of art than a guitar. With a top made of Scots pine veneer carefully selected after a long period of drying and seasoning, veneer Jacaranda on the sides and back, and a mahogany neck, you really can't ask for anything better. Treasures created only by craftsmen with the highest level of skill, experience, and musicality using top-class materials. ``Forest of Masterpieces'' This is truly the king of the Cat's Eye series. The confidence, fulfillment, and combustion of a craftsman can be seen in this one bottle. The awakening rise of the sound, the fresh timbre, the rich sense of harmonies, and the fresh surprises I had never experienced before. The guitarist's sensibility is conveyed to every corner of the concert hall, and the sense of life that overflows with each note transcends the realm of verbal expression. The overall design is a masterpiece.This is the return of the masterpiece Martin Prewar D45. In 1933, the D45 was specially made for singing cowboy Gene Autry, a Western movie star and singer.Only 91 units were built until production was halted in October 1942 due to wartime material restrictions. The production policy and spirit of the D45, the legendary guitar, was inherited through a technical partnership and crystallized into the CE2500

CE2500T ¥250,000
GUITAR ¥237000
SPECIAL HARD CASE ¥13,000
This is a top-of-the-line handmade guitar that will take even the most enthusiastic auditorium fan's breath away. The top is made of selected Scots pine veneer, the sides and back are made of Jacaranda or rosewood straight-grained veneer, the fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony, and the inlays are studded with luxurious Mexican shells, which will amaze and delight auditorium enthusiasts. content and volume. The ivory nut and saddle are perfectly fine-tuned to create a wonderful touch. The craftsman's attention to detail is evident in the details such as the lining and end blocks. The excellent playability and long reach that only a first-class guitar can offer captivates guitarists. Powerful bass with a strong core, rich midrange, clear bell-like treble, sound quality across all positions, and good tone color. It has a crisp crispness in chord strokes and a rich range in polyphonic chord progressions. We hope that not only auditorium enthusiasts but also dreadnought enthusiasts will experience the rich and deep sound. It resonates overwhelmingly not only in recordings, but also on stage, conveying the guitarist's sensibilities to every corner of the concert hall. ``Forest of Masterpieces'' The highest peak of the Cat's Eye series, CE2500T. A special hard case is also included. Made to order. Coming soon. OM model specifications (chord length 645.2mm) are also made to order. CE2600 OM ¥260,000 Guitar ¥247,000 Case ¥13,000
 
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Production process.

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1. Reduce the moisture content of the wood by natural drying. Once the precious guitar materials collected from all over the world are finished being sawn into logs, they are exposed to Hamamatsu's climate, which is perfect for making guitars, for about two to four years. This is an extremely important process that reduces the ``free water'' in the wood to a moisture content of 18% or less. In Hamamatsu, this is called haizumi and has become a specialty.

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2/3. Remove "bound water" by artificial drying. It is artificially dried using intense heat and steam for about a week. This is to remove the ``bound water'' that is attached to the structure of the wood. The staff in charge are always in a battle with the instruments. The important point is that if the material is not naturally dried, the distortion after artificial drying will be severe enough to make it unsuitable for use as a musical instrument material. It is also basic to dry only the same materials by hand.

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4/5. Season the ingredients to perfection Ru. Materials that have been artificially dried and products that are in the middle of wood processing enter a seasoning room that is constantly air-conditioned. The temperature is always maintained at 20 degrees Celsius and the humidity is 35%, making it feel like California. The standard equilibrium moisture content is set at 7~8% to create a perfect material.


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6. The selection of materials has a great effect on the sound. The seasoned material is carefully checked for board thickness, wood grain, and graininess, and then thoroughly polished. Only carefully selected materials are left as guitar materials. The horizontal stripes of heather make the sound more appealing than the beautiful appearance. In relation to sound, this requires a super veteran who can select materials. Work is impossible.

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7. Sufficient carrier is also required for scraping the adhesive part of the surface plate. The center of the guitar is the hook on the top plate. This part is the center of everything in the guitar, and even the slightest deviation is not tolerated. After highly skilled craftsmen carefully cut the two front panels on the left and right, the next step is gluing them together.

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8. Adhesion of the surface plate is also an important point. The completely bookmarked (left-right symmetrical) top plate is glued as shown in the photo. It seems simple at first glance, but it is extremely difficult. It would be a disaster if this adhesive surface were to crack. Technology that has been passed down through a long tradition can demonstrate its potential in these areas. This completes one averaged surface plate.


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9. Cut out the top plate to make it look like a guitar. It's this process that finally makes it look like a guitar. The outer circumference is carefully cut with a band saw. nervous It's a moment.


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10. Carving the sound hole groove requires delicate nerves. Use a drill to cut a purfling groove in the center of the top plate. A deviation of even 0.1 mm from the center is not allowed.


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11. Purfling requires balance. The important points are the combination of cells, the accuracy of the groove width, and the balance of the hand that inserts the cells.

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12. Sun attachment is unique to Tokai. Completely straight-grained sound rods and strength pieces are glued one by one with glue. X-bracing, bracing arrangement, etc. are carefully considered at the design stage. In the past, crimping was done using a core rod, but special mechanization has been used to achieve a more perfect bond.

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13. The craftsman's career is important when it comes to San-Kezuri. A finely honed chisel, a craftsman's hand more precise than a machine, chisels Sun's device one by one. This is now completely in the realm of ``Kan.'' We use the same construction method as Martin's, which is the most important process for creating sound.

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14. The branding iron on the back plate is proof of skill. The back plate goes through the same process as the front plate, and a cat's eye branding iron is placed on it. The unique logo mark is Tokai's pride. This is proof of high quality

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15/16. The craftsman's skills are the key to making the body and laying out the surface. Two blocks and four corner pieces are glued to the symmetrically carved side panels to create the approximate shape of the body. After that, the flattening process continues in order to bond the front and back plates together, but since this is also an extremely delicate sloped process, the key to this is a well-kept plane and the skill of a skilled craftsman.

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17. The process up to instep attachment (making the body) determines the rank of the guitar manufacturer. Now it's time to glue the front, back, and sides together. This is called the pasting process, and the important points in creating the sound are almost completed. The process up to this point determines the technical level and rank of a guitar maker. Cat's Eye Guitar is proud of its long tradition, continuous research, and high-quality materials and processing technology. There is no limit to the depth of sound creation.
 
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18/19. The borders and cell decorations are beautifully rolled. Herringbone and Mexican shellfish are precisely bordered on the outer periphery of the body without deviations of 0.1mm, and the cells are wound without even the slightest gap. Adds class to the simple shape of the cat's eye guitar.

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20. The cell finish makes it look like a guitar body. Once the cell winding is complete, a rough finish is applied. The purpose is to remove any overflowing adhesive. It is this process that makes the body look like a guitar. It's around the corner.

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21. Determine the rough shape by machining the neck. The well-dried neck material, such as mahogany, is machined to roughly carve it to a certain extent.

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22. Season it to make the perfect neck material. After machining, it is put into Tokai's proud seasoning room, just like the body material, to create the perfect neck material. This is also one of the important processes.

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23/24. Filling head inlays depends on the craftsman's concentration. Before the neck is joined to the body, it is filled with peghead inlays, the symbol of the Cat's Eye guitar. Using tweezers, each piece of shellfish, each 2mm thick, is filled into the groove created by the engraving machine. It's a job that really requires patience. After this, dovetail grooves are machined on the body to ensure a secure fit.

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25. Dovetail groove machining brings out the craftsmanship of craftsmen. We are finally entering the most difficult process in making a guitar. The photo shows the neck joint, or dovetail groove, being finished. After increasing precision through machining, a craftsman with a long career completes the work with a chisel.

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26. The neck joint continues the Martin tradition. Join the neck to the adjusted body. This method for making cat's eye guitars is called the ``dovetail joining method'' and is extremely precise and strong. Of course, Martin also uses this method. Another joining method is the dowel joining method, but the dovetail joining method is far superior.

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27. Neck angle adjustment determines playability. It takes a craftsman with an excellent craftsmanship to perfectly join a single neck to the body. His eyes never miss the slightest deviation. The key points for finding an easy-to-play neck angle and suppressing chatter and string height are all established at the time the neck is joined. Pitch setting also has a lot to do with it.

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28. Fingerboard alignment is also a key point for playability. A set neck. Align the fingerboard with this neck. It goes without saying that if the neck plane isn't perfectly exposed, the fingerboard won't be flat either. After thorough checks, a steel bar is embedded and the fingerboard is glued to prevent the neck from warping.

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29/30. Fret strikes determine pitch. The body, neck, and fingerboard are completed. Finally, we moved on to the important step of determining the pitch, the fretwork. Once again, the fingerboard surface is carefully checked and finished, and each fret is extremely carefully hammered in. It is one of the processes that requires the utmost care and skill.

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31/32. A guitar with a radiused neck that is easy to play. He finishes the neck using well-used tools such as chisels, Nankin planes, small knives, and woodworking files. The neck radius of the easy-to-play Cat's Eye guitar is created with a Craftsman feel. It's really reassuring to have a craftsman who plays the guitar himself and is passionate about it.

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33/34. The checkman's eye shines on the wood finish. Finally, we have arrived at the final stage of woodworking. After going through a number of processes, the guitar undergoes a final finish before being painted, and then passes a rigorous inspection by a checkman. At this point, there are times when the guitar is out. But that's exactly what makes a great Cat's Eye guitar available to guitarists.

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PROFILE
As a comprehensive musical instrument manufacturer, our keyboard instrument division manufactures harpsichords, pianos, and light pianos. In the string instrument department, he has created cat's eye guitars, bluegrass banjos, chroma harps, and electric guitars and basses. Furthermore, the educational instrument department covers all fields of music, including the production of pianicas and harmonicas. Tokai's musical instruments, created through a consistent production policy, an excellent team of engineers, and the harmony of modern engineering and craftsmanship, are highly acclaimed for their excellent materials, tone, and playability. Research is also continuing through active exchanges with top overseas manufacturers, including a technical partnership with CF Martin and the import and sale of Ampeg and Gretsch products. On the other hand, Tokai products are also exported to the United States and other countries around the world and are very popular! We look forward to seeing you.
 
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35/36. When painting, the real feeling is important. It can be applied in a variety of ways, including spraying and brushing. The most basic point is to value the feel of the wood grain. The coating also has a subtle effect on the tone, so it must be made as thin as possible. I don't like guitars that have too much of a mirror-like shine.

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37/38. Martin did the intermediate sharpening and pickguard installation. It's so cool. When painted, the painted surface looks just like ground glass, and is then semi-sanded to achieve smoothness. In fact, this ``sharpening'' is the lifeblood of the painting process. The pickguard is completely Martin-esque, covered in paint and paint. (CE400 or higher).

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39. Water hooks are also an important point in painting. Once the coating is finished, the painted surface is given a final finish by wet sanding. Every part of the guitar has this sharpening applied to it. This process is also important in terms of aesthetics and durability

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40. Buffing requires advanced technology. A wet-honed guitar is quickly finished with a buff that rotates at high speed. This is an important process that requires advanced technology and experience.

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41/42. Assembling and bridge installation, almost completed. The polished guitar is covered to prevent scratches before it is assembled. First, the condition of the neck is checked and then the bridge is glued on. The paint on the adhesive surface of the bridge can be completely removed and it can be firmly attached using glue and a jig.

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43. Fret adjustment is an important point for playability. Fret adjustment is one of the most difficult processes, requiring great care and skill. In addition to the flat finish to prevent chattering, the overall playability is pursued.

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44. The inspection is done by the players themselves. After the pegs and strings are set, the inspection process begins. First check the neck angle. You can start with this. Naturally, a large number of players are chosen as the checkman. Inspecting the guitar from the perspective of the player gives it an pleasant quality.

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45. String height adjustment also determines playability. Checking the string heights of the 1st and 6th strings is an important point in determining playability. Here's the secret to the easy-to-play Cat's Eye guitar. Of course, don't forget to set the first fret.

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46. The craftsman is artistic in adjusting the nut. Adjusting the nut is an important step in properly absorbing string vibrations and achieving longer sustain. The depth and width of the nut groove can be said to be perfect. It is an artistic task that requires career, skill, and concentration.

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47. The final check is also thorough. After checking the appearance, the instruments are seasoned for about a week. Subsequent changes are then checked again, and subtle readjustments are discussed, resulting in a perfect tune-up.

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48. After completion and packaging, the guitar arrives at your fingertips. It takes approximately six years to complete one guitar, from the raw wood to the final packaging process. The final touches have been made, and the Cat's Eye guitar is finally being played by guitarists from all over the world.

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49. V sign of completion! Excellent staff to work with. A face full of "Cat's Eye spirit" that loves music and making guitars. We want you to experience the wonderful sound of the Cat's Eye guitar for yourself.
 
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CF Martin & TOKAI

Martin's repair room is located in one corner of the Cat's Eye factory. Tokai Musical Instruments is the sole distributor and sole service center for Martin guitars in Japan, and repairs everything from frets to paint using genuine Martin parts. It goes without saying that the craftsman's repair techniques have been passed down directly from Martin and are also used in the Cat's Eye guitar. When purchasing a Martin guitar, you can always rest assured. Tokai Musical Instruments user card is not included. Does the guitar have a Tokai Musical Instruments warranty card? Please be sure to check whether it is true or not. Repair in case of emergency We do not accept repairs on Martin guitars.


Martin's history is also Tokai's history. Martin's craftsmanship has been inherited by the Cat's Eye Project team, and traditional methods continue to flow into Cat's Eye guitars. Let's introduce Martin Corporation here. CF Martin & Company. Founded in September 1833. New York. The founder, Christian Frederick Martin, was an immigrant from Germany. He learned the technique from his father, a guitar maker in Germany, and then moved to Vienna. It is said that in Vienna, Hubert (19 years old at the time) fell in love with the guitar and mastered it in a short period of time, playing the guitar whenever a song came to mind. Schubert was close to the famous luthier Stauffer, who made Schubert's Arpeggione for cello and guitar. Schubert then composes the Arpeggione Sonata. This is a song that is loved by modern cellists. He honed his skills under Marutaufer and became the factory manager. Martin Guitar's traditional methods of craftsmanship were practiced long before the company was founded in 1833. It was in May 1839 that the Martin Company was moved from New York to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. This place is very famous as CF Martin's hometown. He thought that the area was similar, that Henry Schatz, a guitar craftsman who also came from Germany, lived there, and that the rich, green environment was most suitable for making guitars. Nazareth is about a three-hour drive from New York and is still an extremely beautiful place with small hills and lots of greenery nearby. Many of the people in this town work at the Martin factory, so much so that it is also known as Martin Guitar Town. These people take pride in working in the same workplace for generations. These are the people who support the tradition of Martin's simple in-guitar design and wonderful sound. If you take a tour of the factory, you can see the thoroughly dried Martin bodies being carefully inspected on the workbench with all their attention, making sure not to overlook even the slightest scratches or cracks. According to the company, this is our craftsmanship. He also said that he has full trust in Tokai Gakki as a company that is responsible for all after-sales services and repairs for Martin guitars, and that he would like to continue researching together with us how we can make even better guitars. .


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Cat's Eyes Players

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John Lenbourn ● A genius of British folk. He was very active in Pentangle with Tou Jansch, and is now attracting attention among connoisseurs as a solo guitarist. His words after getting the CE2000T: Jesus!!


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Sam Bush
A young bluegrass player. He not only plays the mandolin and fiddle, but also plays the guitar with great taste. Great for festivals and studio work with the CE2000 prototype.

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Happy & Artie
Classy brothers from New York. Both are active as solo artists. He lives in Woodstock and is famous as a member of the Mud Acres. He boasts a wide range of musical careers from blues to folk to old jazz, and uses the CE2000T in his studio and workshop

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Peter Rowan
"Bluegrass Boys," "Earth Opera," "Sea Train," "Old and in the Way," "Rowan's" and recently came to Japan as the Red Hot Pickers. His guitar is more tasteful than delicious, which is typical of him. The CE2000T is his favorite instrument after the herringbone

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Isato Nakagawa
One of the few folk guitarists in Japan who can effectively use the guitar. In today's Japanese folk music world, which is dominated by professionals who can only play chords, he is someone who needs to be more highly regarded. The cat's eye guitar was chosen as a ``tool'' that matched his musical aspirations

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Ryudo Uzaki
Active in all directions as a rocker, composer, and guitarist. Ryudo, a hero of the 1980s, may show us new musical possibilities. I love the cat's eye guitar for its acoustic sound. He also said, ``It's essential for recording and composing."
 
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How To Care

``Trees live until they turn to ashes.'' This phrase is important for both manufacturers and players. A guitar is mostly made of wood. Therefore, a certain amount of maintenance and storage is required to keep it in the same condition all the time. Even cat's eye guitars, created through a strict quality control system, can have a short lifespan depending on how they are handled. In order to enjoy great sound for a long time, please follow the maintenance and management points below.

About storage

1. I would definitely recommend a dedicated hard case for storage. It protects your precious guitar from unexpected shocks and the effects of the outside air.

2. If you don't want your guitar to lose its luster, keep it away from materials such as plastic, vinyl, and synthetic leather. If you use a strap made of synthetic leather, it will contain solvent, which will damage the guitar's surface paint if you put it in the same lace.

3. The best way to polish a guitar is to use cotton gauze that has been moistened with warm water and wrung out tightly. This will wipe away harmful chemicals. Furniture polish contains harsh compounds that will scratch the guitar's paint. To polish your guitar, I recommend using Martin's special poly ash and beautiful soft luster.

4. There is no need to loosen the strings unless you have not played the instrument for several months. If you stretch or loosen the strings, the sound will not be consistent and the strings will not last as long.

5. I want you to get into the habit of wiping off any oil or dirt from your hands on the strings, body, or pegs after playing.

For Humidity & Temperature

1. You can improve the conditions inside the case by putting a desiccant inside the case during the rainy season, and a humidifier (for example, a sponge dampened with water in a soap box) during the dry season.

2. Do not open the case immediately after entering the room from outdoors during the cold winter season. In an instant, water droplets can get onto the wood parts, causing trouble and also having a negative impact on the wood itself. Please try to gradually bring it to room temperature.

3. When not playing, place it in a well-ventilated, low-humidity place away from direct sunlight.


Moving the Guitar

1. When traveling by car, please do not carry your guitar in the trunk. The temperature inside the case rises more than expected, causing trouble with the guitar. The back seat is much safer.

If you are traveling by air, please treat it as special baggage if possible and do not check it together with regular baggage.


About the Performance

My goal is to play the guitar as much as I can, even if it's just for 10 minutes a day. The guitar is a living thing, and as you continue to play it, the sound will get better and better.

I don't think it's a good idea to play it casually with a dirty sound. The guitar tunes in to the dull sound, and even the highest quality guitar can't produce that kind of sound. On the other hand, if you play clearly and with a beautiful, loud sound, the guitar will start to resonate more and more. Learn to listen to objectively check your own sound.


About Strings

I want you to save money on strings and never buy cheap ones. Strings range from pin to sharp depending on the manufacturer, and no matter how good a cat's eye guitar is, you won't be able to produce a beautiful sound with bad strings. I would like you to use original cat's eye strings or Martin or Dalco strings.

When changing strings, change the entire set. This is to maintain the balance of the sound. When replacing the strings, it is better not to remove all six at once, but one at a time. This is to keep the neck condition constant.


Other notes

There are many reasons why the strings may be rattling, such as the neck warping backwards, the neck being normal but the bridge is too low, and the neck and bridge being normal but the frets are sticking. Please be careful because there is.

① When a guitarist causes the strings to vibrate extremely perpendicular to the fingerboard surface.

② If fingering is not done properly next to the frets. After checking the above, if there is any damage, it is best to contact a repair professional. Please refer to the instruction manual included with the cat's eye strings for the correct way to string them. Beginners should also consult with more experienced players to quickly master the correct way to play and store the guitar. The most important thing is not to use it for guitars, and to know everything about it and use it to the fullest. If you love the guitar and play it with all your heart every day, you will naturally learn many things.




Order Made Guitars


Order-Made Guitar Tokai also manufactures custom-made guitars for guitarists who value individuality.
1. Limited to cat's eye models priced at 1,100,000 yen or more.
2. There are two body sizes: D or 000.
3. The peg head is Martin type.
4. Position marks, binding, inlays, etc. can be designed freely.
5. The best thing to do is to contact Cat's Eye PROJECT. Please clearly write your number, address, name, age, and phone number (contact information) to Tokai Musical Instrument Manufacturing Co., Ltd. ``Cat's Eye PROJECT'' TEL (0534)41-3137, 36 Terawaki-cho, Hamamatsu-shi, 430. Please be sure to draw out your desired design in detail and enclose it. Please don't forget too.
6. You will be contacted by Cat's Eye PROJECT to find out whether it is possible to produce the product together with the manufacturer.
7. After contacting you several times for a meeting, if it's OK, I would like you to go to a nearby famous musical instrument store and place an order.
8. A musical instrument store contacted Cat's Eye PROJECT, and production began.
9. After about four months, the custom-made guitar is delivered to the guitarist via a music store. Introducing the only guitar in the world.
10. Prices vary depending on specifications, but please consider 20% more than the retail price.






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