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Just trying to sort out the span during which these were made.

Many of them have a 6 digit serial number starting with 11xxxx which is still a mystery to me as to when these were made.

Some of these guitars were made in 1985 and 1986 for sure.

I have not found any that I can confirm that were made in 1987 or later.

Many of these are the ABBS (all blue black sunburst) color which I have only sen in the 1984, 1985 & 1985/86 catalogs.

This may be a clue that this 6 digit 11xxxx serial number system ran alongside the Fender style one in 1984/1985??

1989 does show this model, but only two colors remain as an option by then (black & white).

One more clue is that I have found one Custom Edition that has a 11xxxx serial number. SN 116451.

"Tokai Custom Edition" Guitars

The Custom Edition guitars do not seem to appear in catalogs until mid year 1986.

I have found a couple of Custom Editions with a L30xxx and L31xxx serial numbers that seem to date to late 1985/early 1986.

It would really help to have some pot dates.


Known examples:



1985

L21569
L21806 SSS
L21940 HH
L22144 HH
L22237 HH
L23901 HH

Unknown dates (late 1985/86 ?)

111454 HH
111644 HH
111781 HH
113911 HH
117323 HSS
118051 HH
118106 HH
118164 HH
118207 HH
118209 HH
118324 HH
118553 HSS


1986

203832 HSS
206301 HSS
206482 HSS


See here for links to many of the guitars not posted below.

Six Digit Serial Numbers Starting With 11xxxx On Goldstars, Etc.
 
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1984 Vol. 9 catalog

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•Color:
BB- Black
SW- Snow White
CR- Candy Red
PR- Paisley Red
AB- All Paint Black
ASW- All Paint Snow White
AMR- All Paint Metallic Red
ACR- All Paint Candy Apple Red
ABBS- All Paint Blue-black sunburst
Rose neck if the color is followed by an R.
If H Is attached, It indicates a head paint neck.
•For detailed specitications of TLS50VC/TLS100.150.200HS/ TLC60,1000W and other Tokai regular
models, please read "The Tokai World".
•Please note that all models except for specific models may be out of stock due to limited production.



1984 Vol. 10 catalog


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1985 Vol. 11 catalog

They are calleing these Super Edition TST guitars, and I can't read the hedstock, but the ones labeled Super Edition with the bar string tree are called TSD, not TST

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1989 Vol. 15 catalog

TST363 Reduced color range. Offered in black or white.

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