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CATALOG SPECIFICATIONS COLORS:


1978
Reborn Old catalog (Vol. 1)

Flat tops:

GS Golden sunburst
N Natural
BL Blonde
OW Olympic White
YS Yellow sunburst
BB Black

Arch tops:

OS Old cherry sunburst
BS Brown sunburst
WR Wine Red

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1979 Reborn Old ST Foldout Catalog

Colors:
OW Olympic White
BB Black
YS Yellow Sunburst
GS Golden Sunburst
BL Blonde N Natural

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1979 Reborn Old LC & LS yellow foldout catalog.

CS Cherry Sunburst
BS Brown Sunburst
GT Gold top
OS Old Cherry Sunburst
WR Wine Red
BB Black

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1979 Catalog (Vol. 2)

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1980 Electric Guitar catalog (Vol. 3)

Colors:
OW Olympic White
BB Black
YS Yellow Sunburst
N Natural
GS Golden Sunburst
BL Blonde

CS Cherry Sunburst
OS Old Cherry Sunburst
BS Brown Sunburst
GT Gold Top
WR Wine Red


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1981

Flat Top Catalog.
(Vol. 4)

Colors:
GS (Golden Sunburst)
YS (Yellow Sunburst)
BL (Blonde)
OW (Olympic White)
BB (Black)
N (Natural)
FO (Flamingo Orange)
MR (Metallic Red)
WR (Wine Red)
MB (Metallic Blue)

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Arch Top Catalog.(Vol. 4)

Colors:
VF (Violin Finish)
OS (Old Cherry Sunburst)
CS (Cherry Sunburst)
BS (Brown Sunburst)
GT (Gold Top)
BB (Black)
WR (Wine Red)
ON (Old Natural)
OR (Old Red)
SB (Black Sunburst)
TR (Tokai Red)
N (Natural)

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1982 Spring Catalog (Vol. 5)

Flat Top Series Colors:

GS (Golden Sunburst)
YS (Yellow Sunburst)
N (Natural)
BL (Blonde)
BB (Black)
FO (Flamingo Orange)
MR (Metallic Red)
MB (Metallic Blue)
OW ( Olympic White)
WR (Wine Red)
SG (Silver Gray)
RR (Rosewood)

"Special Colors":

Sonic Blue (SO),
Candy Apple Red (CR),
Gold Metallic (GM),
Lake Placid Blue (LB)
Metallic Green (MG)

Arched Top Series Colors:

VF (Violin Finish)
CS (Cherry Sunburst)
OS (Old Cherry Sunburst)
ON (Old Natural)
OR (Old Red)
GT (Gold Top)
BS (Brown Sunburst)
BB (Black)
AG (AIl Gold)
WR (Wine Red)
SB (Black Sunburst)
TR (Tokai Red)
N (Natural)

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1983 USA Price List

AB Antique Brown
BB Black
BD Deep Yellow Blond/Off White Combination
BL Blond
BLS Blue/White Sunburst
BTS See Through Butterscotch Yellow
CB Pastel Blue/Off White Sunburst
CS Cherry Red Sunburst
FB Metal Flake Blue
FO Flamingo Orange
FR Metal Flake Red
GMB Gunmetal Blue/Grey Metallic
GM Metallic Gold
GR 3 Tone Green. Light Green. Yellow Sunburst
GS 2 Tone Gold and Brown Sunburst
LB Light Sky Blue
MB Metallic Blue
MR Metallic Red
N Natural
OF Orange Tone, Vintage Clear See Through
OR Vintage Red Tone
OS 2 Tone Cherry Sunburst with Aged Vintage Texture
OW Olympic Off White
PG Pastel Green
PK Bright Pink
R Medium Red Tone
RR All Rosewood
RS Medium Red/Yellow Sunburst
RYS Deep Red/Yellow Sunburst
SB 2 Tone Red/Yellow Sunburst
SG Silver Grey
SO Light Pastel Blue
SW Snow White
TR Tokai Original 199 Bright Candy Apple Red
VF Antique Violin Brown Finish
WH Medium White Tone
WN Walnut
WR Wine Red
YN Natural with Yellow Tint Aged Vintage Tone
YS 2 Tone Yellow, Brown Sunburst
YSO 3 Tone Yellow, Gold, Beige Aged Vintage Tone

R or /R following any finish code indicates Rosewood
Fretboard on Maple Neck

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Tokai 1983 Pricelist - Vintage Japan Guitars


1984: Green catalog (Vol. 8 )

Colors:
VF (violin finish)
CS (cherry sunburst)
OS (old cherry sunburst)
GT (gold top)
BB (black)
AG (all gold)
ON (old natural)
OR (old red)
WR (Wine Red)
WN (Walnut)
SB (Sunburst)
CH (Cherry Red)
OW (Olympic White)
TR (Tokai Red)
N (Natural)
YN (Yellow Natural)
SW( Snow White)
MR (Metallic Red)
YS (Yellow Sunburst)
GS (Golden Sunburst)
FO (Flamingo Orange)
BL (Blonde)
AB (All Black)
AB (Antique Brown: TEA)
RR ( Rosewood)
SG (Silver Gray)
MB (Metallic Blue)
PG (Pastel Green)
GR (Green Sunburst)

Note:
The detachable neck rosewood fingerboard model is additionally marked with R.
Specifications and prices are subject to change without notice.
Coloring may differ slightly depending on the material and other characteristics.
YS colors of TST, TTE, TPB-V, and TJB are marked as YSO because of their old finish."

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1984 Vol. 9

•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.

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1987/88 "When You're Ready" catalog

Traditional Series Finish Codes:

YSO = YELLOW SUNBURST OLD
OW = OFF WHITE
BB = MIDNIGHT BLACK
BL = BLOND
GS = 2 COL. ANTIQUE SUNBURST
MR = METALLIC RED
WR = WINE RED
SW = SNOW WHITE
CS = CHERRY SUNBURST
VF= VINTAGE FLAME MAPLE
VC= VINTAGE CHERRY SUNBURST
GT= GOLD TOP


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1987 catalog (Vol. 13)

Finishes:
BB (Black)
SW (Snow White)
PW (Pearl White)
OW (Olympic White)
BBS (Blue Black Sunburst)
BC (Black Cherry)
BP(Blue Pearl)
MP (Metallic Red)
STB (see-through black)
STBL (see-through blue)
STR (see-through red)
BL (blonde)
GS (golden sunburst)
YS (yellow sunburst)
CS (cherry sunburst)
HS (honey sunburst)
VF (Violin Finish)
VC(Vintage Cherry)
CH (Cherry)
WC (Wine Red)
WN (Walnut)
N (Natural)
RB (Lavender)
PK (Bink)
LY (Lemon Yellow)
SK (Sky Blue)
PS (Purple Sunburst)
PC (Pink Champagne)
CAR (Candy Apple Red)
LEPR (Levered)
ZBR (Zebra)
OS (Old Sunburst)

Rosewood Model It will be displayed with R added.
The colors in the catalog may differ slightly from the actual colors due to printing.
New color versions may be added without notice.

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1987/88 "M-A-T Series" catalog

COLORS:
SK-sky blue
LY-lemon yellow
BB-black
SW-snow white
TRD-turino red
GB-gloss blue
GG-gloss green
CO-copper gold
PW-pearl white
CN-clear natural
CB-clear blue
CG-clear green
CW-clear wine
SG-silver grey
BR-blazing red
AB-all black
APW-all pearl white
ASB-all satin black
AML-all metallic light blue
ALR-all metallic light red
GM-gold metallic
SG-silver grey

Optional Colors on the models- M-1001/M-1002/M-1003/CM-801/CM-802/CM-1001/CM-1002/CM-1003:
SNR-sparkle navy
SRR-sparkle red
SPR-sparkle purple




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Reds & Pinks

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METALLIC RED (MR)

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RED SPARKLE (SR)

https://www.adverts.ie/electric-guitars/tokai-goldstar-sound-st55-1985-trades-or-cash/2114220

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FLAMINGO ORANGE (FO)

https://reverb.com/item/25385478-tokai-springy-sound-mij-st-65-flamingo-orange-1980-fiesta-red

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WINE RED (WR)

https://reverb.com/item/35556069-1980-tokai-te-120-wr-breezysound

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PALE PINK (PP)

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4554&hilit=pink&start=30

Goldstar ST55 in metallic pink from Ian's book, Tokai Forum Members Guitar Collection Vol.1, The Stratocaster Copies by Ian Black.2009. PP 52-53.

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METALLIC PINK (MPK)

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Nicholas Moroch and a Pink Springy

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=26114
 

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From the Spring 1982 catalog.

INFORMATION

The long-awaited appearance of 5 special colors that can be said to be the symbol of the old-fashioned model. We have started accepting special colors for ST, TE, PB, and JB series. Mania-like colors-Sonic Blue (SO), Candy Apple Red (CR), Gold Metallic (GM), Lake Placid Blue (LB), which can be said to be a symbol of the oldies model rarely produced in the 1960s. A brilliant appearance of Metallic Green (MG). The list price is increased by 5,000 yen for all models. In addition, the reception of the same color finish of the body of the head stock part will start at the same time, and as with the special color series, all models will have a uniform price increase of 5,000 yen. In the case of head coating in the special color series, a total of 10,000 yen will be added. Delivery takes about 3 months after receiving an order. Please apply at Tokai product dealers nationwide. Assemble the parts of the Tokai Electric Guitar series to the specifications of the custom-made system.

● Minor change: A minor change model with pickups, parts, etc. For guitarists who insist on their desired personality, the Tokai Electric Guitar Project Team produces custom-made guitars only for the following items. Please note that the price will vary depending on the content of the special order, but it will be 20% or more of the basic model price. Custom-made guitars are limited to Tokai electric guitars of 80,000 yen or more.

● Special color: Finish the desired color on your model. The colors are all the colors of the Tokai Electric Guitar series. In addition, we also manufacture possible color finishes. However, it is limited to Tokai electric guitars. Please refrain from repainting the colors of other manufacturers. Please refrain from minor changes due to pickups and parts from other manufacturers.

● Orders and inquiries for custom-made guitars: Please apply or contact us through a Tokai product dealer.

We will inform you of the custom price and production period.

As of January 1, 1982, custom orders are available only for the above items.

Please be sure to apply for inquiries and orders through Tokai product dealers. We cannot accept direct orders from the head office or each sales office. Please be aware in advance.

(Note 2) About the left guitar / Currently, Tokai does not make any left guitar.


So "Special Colors":

Sonic Blue (SO),
Candy Apple Red (CR),
Gold Metallic (GM),
Lake Placid Blue (LB)
Metallic Green (MG)
 

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Includes guitars in this thread linked above, and ones from the flamingo orange gallery, block logo, and placid blue gallery.
 

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I’d love to see the difference between a BL and OW, because I have an OW ST 100 and I feel like it is what should be called a blonde (though I’ve never seen the blonde myself).
 

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siamackz said:
I’d love to see the difference between a BL and OW, because I have an OW ST 100 and I feel like it is what should be called a blonde (though I’ve never seen the blonde myself).

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OLYMPIC WHITE (OW)

https://www.soundaffects.com/pre-ow...nd-stratocaster-olympic-white-pre-owned-p7040


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BLONDE (BL)

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25953&hilit=post+your+fender+style&start=30#p195230

You can see though the finish on a blonde. More like a Mary Kaye finish on a Fender.

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https://guitar.com/review/vintage-review/vintage-bench-test-1957-fender-stratocaster-mary-kaye/

Your ST100 is somewhat translucent in the cavity, so I know what you mean about the confusion. Wondering if that is because there are less coats of paint in the cavities. Can you see the grain in the body that is finished?

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http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=26428&p=198176#p198176
 

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I thought maybe the OW is opaque and blonde will be translucent. But my OW is translucent (tough to capture in pics properly), but see this one below:
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I'm struggling with the term "Faded" on that strat, there's no fading at all but you can see the grain.

The two examples I gave just happen to have flame Maple veneers under the translucent orange lacquer.

Page 4 called see through red SR.

https://vintagejapanguitars.com/tokai-2018-2019-catalogue/
 

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The marking in the cavity says OF.
OF as a color is in the 1985-86 catalog for the AST'56.
https://www.tokairegistry.com/images/catalogs/tokai_85-86_electric_p3.jpg
 

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