Is this Tokai ST40 1984, a genuine one?

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botski

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Hi,

I'd just like to ask for your opinions regarding this tokai that I acquired last February. Is it really made around 1984? Here are a couple of pics for your reference, and by the way, its serial number is 223346:

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The saddles have been replaced by wilkinson's before I got it. i did change its pickups to Fender Custom Shop Texas Specials, and it has been beating my Fender Highway One Strat Since!

I changed the capacitor and the switch too:

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It has a cast (zinc) tremolo bridge/block however, I'm still contemplating whether if i will upgrade it to a callaham block or just change the saddles and springs with Rawvintage. :)
 

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Yes I think it's genuine, definitely mid-80's. I doubt if there is much to gain by changing trem block and saddles. Does it sustain reasonably well already?
 

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Yeah, tuners would be trapezoidal for ST40 but these look different at the back - photo angle? also scratchplate is 3 ply with maple neck, usually an 8 hole single ply?
 

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I'm sure those tuners are original as I've only seen those D-shaped tuners on TST40/45 Goldstars.
 

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mirrorboy said:
Yes I think it's genuine, definitely mid-80's. I doubt if there is much to gain by changing trem block and saddles. Does it sustain reasonably well already?

yes i think so.. in fact it even resonates much better than the fender highway one with nitro finish! :)
 

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@iainblack

no, it's not completely trapezoidal like those tuners on new Squiers. I've seen similar tuners on other ST40s. It's D-shaped as mirroboy said. :)

anyway, the low-E tuner is loose so i've purchased gotoh vintage tuners from warmoth and i plan to have it installed by a known luthier here in the philippines. I've also bought an unbleached bone nut and 6105 frets to go with it.. :)
 

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BTW, thanks guys for the replies. :D

I have another question. About the neck shape, does st40 comes with C-shaped or U-shaped neck? I have no experience with U-shaped necks so i can't really tell if it's U or C.. :)
 

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Regarding the tuners on an ST40: I bought an ST40 off ebay a couple of years ago (I'd better add that that this is what it was sold as; when I had new pickups installed I forgot to ask the tech to make a note of interior markings). The tuners on it are exactly the same as those in the pictures above i.e. five-sided. If these aren't from a genuine Tokai, I'd wonder why someone would go to the trouble of faking a low-end Goldstar?
 

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