TE120 "Arabesque Model"

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I discovered in translating the Spring 1982 catalog that the TE120 is also referred to as the "Arabesque Model", and that it has the cashew finish.

Just hoping to find more info if anyone else knows anything about them.
 
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This is my 1981 TE120 that I got from fellow member Cliff back in 2014?

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Translation from Spring 1982 catalog.

TOKAI ORIGINAL MODEL TE120YSR ¥ 120,000

Brilliant custom binding in abalone pearl-TE120 with arabesque specifications. It is the lead TE model that inherits the form of the old Tele. High-grade specifications such as carefully selected materials, special-spec hardware, and cashew finish. A high quality model acclaimed by super artists around the world, including Joe Walsh.


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From the Spring '82 catalog.

"The favorite guitar that finally appeared. With the Rosewood Tele TE200 in the center, '48 the power of the Broadcaster model, and Tokai original model (Arabesque) is amazing."


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https://www.gbase.com/gear/tokai-es-150-1959-es-335-red Here's another cashew lacquered model with a useful explanation of the process.
 

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8) a very good explanation about the cashew finish here in japanese. translate please mr.sigmania!

カシュー塗料はおつまみなんかでよく食べられるカシューナッツから採れる油を原料としています。

カシュー塗装に使用されるカシュー油とラッカー塗装に使用されるラッカー(漆)は分子構造がそっくりなため、「塗膜を薄くできる」、「適度な柔軟性を持つ」などラッカー塗料とよく似た特徴を持っています。

しかしながら両者にもいくつか違いがありますので、「ラッカー塗装と比べてどうか」という視点でカシュー塗料の特徴を紹介していきます。

 

1.コストが安い
ラッカー塗料が特別高額というわけではありませんが、カシュー塗料はラッカー塗料のおよそ3分の1程度のコストで塗装することができます。

塗装業界では「廉価版ラッカー」なんて言われることも。

 

2.ゴムや紫外線に強い
ラッカー塗装は長時間紫外線に晒したりゴム製のギタースタンドに立てかけたりしていると変質してしまいますが、カシュー塗料には紫外線に強く、耐ゴム性があるためその心配は無用。

白化の心配もないため保管の際にそれほど注意を払う必要はありません。

しかし耐摩擦性や傷のつきにくさ等ではラッカー塗装に分があります。

 

3.塗装の深みではラッカーに劣る
これは感覚的な話になってしまうんですが、ラッカー塗装と比べてカシュー塗料は塗膜の表面の粒子が凹形状のためそう見えると言われています。

ただこれは両者を並べて比べないとわからないような違いですのでそれほど気にする必要はないのかもしれません。
 

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Translation:

Cashew paint is made from oil from cashew nuts, which is often eaten as a snack. The cashew oil used for cashew painting and the lacquer (lacquer) used for lacquer painting have similar molecular structures, so they are very similar to lacquer paints, such as "thinning the paint film" and "having moderate flexibility".

However, there are some differences between the two, so I will introduce the characteristics of cashew paint from the perspective of "how does it compare to lacquer painting?"

1. Low cost Lacquer paint is not particularly expensive, but cashew paint can be applied at about one-third the cost of lacquer paint. In the painting industry, it is sometimes called "cheap lacquer".

2. Rubber and UV resistant lacquer coating will deteriorate if exposed to UV light for a long time or leaning against a rubber guitar stand, but cashew paint is UV resistant and rubber resistant, so that is the reason. Don't worry. You don't have to worry about bleaching, so you don't have to pay much attention to storage. However, lacquer coating has some advantages in terms of abrasion resistance and scratch resistance.

3. Inferior to lacquer in the depth of painting This is a sensuous story, but it is said that cashew paint looks like that because the particles on the surface of the paint film are concave compared to lacquer painting. However, this is a difference that can only be understood by comparing the two side by side, so it may not be necessary to worry too much.
 

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CliffsComicWorld said:
I’ve sold a few of these TE-120’s and currently have (2) in stock.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums



Cliff, do you have a picture of the jack on these? The one I got from you had its jack replaced at some point and then reversed to the original style it seems. Just wondering which one is correct for this guitar?
 

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Sigmania said:
CliffsComicWorld said:
I’ve sold a few of these TE-120’s and currently have (2) in stock.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums



Cliff, do you have a picture of the jack on these? The one I got from you had its jack replaced at some point and then reversed to the original style it seems. Just wondering which one is correct for this guitar?


I sure would like that TE-120 back that’s for sure…

I uploaded both 1980 TE-120’s input jack pictures to my Fliker page.
 

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Thanks Cliff! Here is your picture. I appreciate it.

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Here is the jack on mine, obviously changed to a 4 hole plate then back to the cup style escutcheon.:

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And I hear you. I’ll let you know if I ever want to part with it.
 

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After owning this guitar for 8 years I finally opened it up to check on some things, and learned a bit about it.

First, I have no idea what pickups are in there. They are unmarked except for a paper label that fell off with a part number or serial number on it.

Definitely not marked TEA anywhere.

The catalog doesn't help much. Just says "vintage" pickups.

If anyone has a clue as to what these are, please let me know.


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One of the pots has a scorch mark.

Guessing that was from when the jack was replaced.

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Also, the body is weird in a couple of ways.

First, they apparently used a long drill bit to drill from the neck pocket to the control cavity.

I guess they had to do it this way since it's a one piece body.

Note the hole in the lower left corner of the neck pocket in this picture.

Done before staining.

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Also, note the corners of the neck pocket, how they are rounded out and there is a gap.

Shows well in this photo.

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And the notch for the truss rod adjustment.

Pickguard not original. Extra holes drilled.

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The bright spot is that the numbers match. Hallelujah!

10 = 10

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Let me know if anyone knows that the pickups are.
 
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First, I have no idea what pickups are in there. They are unmarked except for a paper label that fell off with a part number or serial number on it.

Definitely not marked TEA anywhere.

The catalog doesn't help much. Just says "vintage" pickups.

If anyone has a clue as to what these are, please let me know.

Looking at the sticker in the bridge pickup cavity, Seymour Duncan Antiquity humbuckers from mid-nineties have the same type of paper labels attached to them - the font style, the hand-written signature and the length of the serial number (eight digits).

I'm not suggesting it is Antiquity tele bridge pickup as they started producing single coil Antiquity models later on (Antiquity humbuckers were released in 1994). But I would suggest looking towards Seymour Duncan here, based on the sticker (or at least the sticker is Duncan's :) ).
 

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I think a lot of people change pickups on Tokai teles because of the 1 Meg pots.

I noticed they didn’t change the pots….
 
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