It's a beautiful guitar..but do you know your low E is out of tune? 😊More evidence that the script logo began in 1983, my TST70 which has the script logo appears in the 1983 catalog and is absent from the 1984 catalog and all catalogs afterward.
Has E pickups and the Fender style serial number.
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If this logo was on this guitar from day 1, that would really raise questions. Unfortunately the kind that can never be answered.★This is a Bizarre vintage guitar made by Tokai in the 60's.
No idea. A label is a pretty flimsy peice of evidence to go on, but interesting. I have seen other script logos from the period right after this one. Just another data point. Will keep adding examples that pop up and see where that leads us.If this logo was on this guitar from day 1, that would really raise questions. Unfortunately the kind that can never be answered.
Everything on this guitar (except for the unusually elaborate bridge) is Kawai from the Teisco merger "Enshu Kogei" era - the distinct body shape, pickups, tail piece... This and very similar models were made for export under the "Audition" (IIRC UK) and "Kingston" (Westheimer) labels.
HOT ! This super cool and funky looking Guitar is Teisco made, produced in the 1960s in Japan, as a budget friendly guitar. Mainly for the US and UK market under the name 'Audition' Simple ply body construction, 3 tone sunburn finish, awesome firey pickgaurd that looks like lava, wicked offset...www.freoguitars.com
So my guess is that the guitar is question was one of the many unlabeled examples floating around and someone had a surplus Tokai script decal to upvalue the old plank a little. If not, that would mean there was some kind of connection between Kawai and Tokai and this guitar could be the only existing evidence for that connection.
Not that it would be unlikely, or even impossible, after all they're both in Hamamatsu and it looks like the Hummingbird electrics from that era used some hardware also found on other brands (with the maker of these parts being under Kawai control, long, complicated theory, don't ask ) but I'd currently have a hard time believing this.