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Sigmania said:
Could it be as simple as OF means “Orange Finish” in the same way that VF traditionally means “ Violin Finish”?

Violin finish is variable in the shading around the perimeter of the body, single colour but less opacity around the outside.
 

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Hi Guys,

My nearest guess to the 'OF' saga is Old Finish - kinda like a Honeyburst.
The whole VSB is kinda hard to follow as they only ran for a Year or two and I do own a 1981 VS-60 that was GR ( a Greenburst) with a Rosewood neck.
All the VSG series had a flame maple veneer on an Alder body - light and resonate - however mine had a crack in the veneer so it was refinished in Gibson '52 Goldtop Gold paint.
Anyway, from looking at the '82 Vol 5 Catalog, the VS-60 is GR (Greenburst) the VS-80 is CS (Cherry Sunburst) the VSB-60 Bass is WR (Wine Red) and the VSB-80 Bass is CS also. The puzzle is the VS-100. Is it OF or VF? I am going for OF as the colour looks solid across the top and the VF tend to shade darker towards the edges which this doesn't appear to do.
Its incredibley hard to tell due to this section of the Catalog being printed on plain paper causing a light colour bleed with the yellow background. Most of Vol 5 is gloss paper and very clear . . . and is different from Vol 6 which is all plain paper.

* * * I know the catalog refers to the 6 string as a VSB also but I believe this was a typo and it should say VS-60 * * *

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settebello said:
I found a earlier one in the same colour.
https://www.gbase.com/gear/tokai-tst-56-strat-1986-trans-orange

Now that's a colour description I could live with. No doubts about it :lol:
 

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Oh cool. That’s that transitional logo for exports from 1982/83. I’m grabbing those pics for that thread. Very cool.

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mdvineng said:
Now that's a colour description I could live with. No doubts about it :lol:

Do you mean "...beautiful trans orange finish..."?

Orange finish.... OF :roll:

I think this may be one of those htings that is never resolved with definity. Kind of like the ways people pronounce potato and tomato. :lol:
 

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Btw, OF not listed specifically as a color option in the relevant catalogs.

Just says "standard finishes".

Not very helpful.

1983:

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Sigmania said:
mdvineng said:
Now that's a colour description I could live with. No doubts about it :lol:

Do you mean "...beautiful trans orange finish..."?

Orange finish.... OF :roll:

I think this may be one of those htings that is never resolved with definity. Kind of like the ways people pronounce potato and tomato. :lol:

Exactly. Orange finish would not necessarily be translucent though? I prefer the later catalogue description of "see through" no doubts left. 8)
 

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I think I was tired when I posted that with the B.

What is the difference between the 60 and the 80?
 

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That’s not what the catalog translation says.

I had wondered that too.

Both the VS80 and 100 are offered with rosewood and maple fretboards.

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All together now...

1982:

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)

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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1984:

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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1987/88 Catalog Specs

COLORS:

SKR-sky blue
LYR-lemon yellow
BBR-black
SWR-snow white
TRDR-turino red
GBR-gloss blue
GGR-gloss green
COR-copper gold
PWR-pearl white
CNR-clear natural
CBR-clear blue
CGR-clear green
CWR-clear wine
SGR-silver grey
BRR-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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All together now...

1982:

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)

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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1984:

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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1987/88 Catalog Specs

COLORS:

SKR-sky blue
LYR-lemon yellow
BBR-black
SWR-snow white
TRDR-turino red
GBR-gloss blue
GGR-gloss green
COR-copper gold
PWR-pearl white
CNR-clear natural
CBR-clear blue
CGR-clear green
CWR-clear wine
SGR-silver grey
BRR-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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Colors I had not seen in catalogs but have seen in Ian's book:

Translucent green (TG) 1984 (?) ST100 (SN 13595) Body code: Not known
Pale pink (PP) 1985 (?) ST55 (SN 19805) Body code: 3.2 PP Z
Metallic pink (MPK) 1984 (?) ST55R (SN 213729) Body code: 2=6=MPK

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Sigmania said:
That’s not what the catalog translation says.

I had wondered that too.

Both the VS80 and 100 are offered with rosewood and maple fretboards.

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I haven't Japanese in my head.

Could the bridges be a little different and possibly the pickups? Poly to lacquer might be another price point?
 

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1981 Flat Top catalog color options.

Color:
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 )

The dedicated hard case for the flat too series is sold separatelv.

Specifications and prices are subject to change without notice in order to improve quality. Please be aware in advance that the color of the guitar may differ slightly from the actual product due to printing characteristics.
As of December 20, 1980.

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1981 Arch Top catalog color options.

Color:
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)

Specifications and prices are subject to change without notice for quality improvement.
Please be aware. The color of the guitar may differ slightly from the actual product due to printing characteristics.
As of September 1, 1981

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