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Just wanting to collect examples of these unusual guitars as I come across them.



1984 catalog

TST-80 (R) 1960 MODEL PHOTO (7)
•Solid alder contoured body
•Neck: (R) Rosewood fingerboard laminated on maple neck ('60U)
•Single-coil Dimarzio VS- I pickups
•3-ply laminated white pickguard
•1 volume, 2 tone controls
•5-position selector switch
•Traditional style hardware
•With tremolo unit

•Finishes: (R) GSR, YSOR, OWR. BBR. MRR

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TST-80 (M) 1954 MODEL PHOTO (3)(4)
•Solid alder contoured body
•Neck: (M) Male one piece neck ('54V)
Single-coil Dimarzio VS-1 pickups
•A single-layer white pickguard
• 1 volume, 2 tone controls
•5-position PU selector switch
•Traditional style hardware
•With tremolo unit

•Finishes: (M) GS, YSO, OW, BB, MR


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Goldstar identification needed

Hi John,

Is it similar to this?

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This is a TST-80 according to this article--round string guide, V-shape neck, steel tremelo block, and--what do you know--laquer (nitro) finish (says so in top paragraph)! Do your pickups have little orangy-yellow rubber "pickup cushions" instead of springs between the pickup screws and the pickup under the scratchplate?--I'm pretty sure the top paragraph says this model has those too, as some Springys with E pickups do. If they're not there I'm not sure it proves anything really as these do deteriorate over time and crumble, and could have been replaced with standard springs.

This page doesn't say anything about pickup model, but I've never seen or heard of a Goldstar with E pickups. Elsewhere in this article, there is reference to E pickups being for Springy models (and I am assuming by this NOT for Goldstars). Is there a stamp that says "A" or "B" on the plastic under the scratchplate? If there is and it says "B" chances are your scratchplate is a transplant. However, again, I'm not sure if Goldstars have these quality indicators on their scratchplates. On Springys I'm pretty sure the "A" stamp was put on ST-60s and up.

One way or another, with a V-neck and nitro finish this is almost certainly a TST-80. I'm a big fan of the "U" stamp pickups--I find them a little mellower sounding than the "E" stamped ones. Any photos? How is it to play?


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I recently acquired a Tokai Strat model in trade and was told it was an " '84 Goldstar Sound ST-80".

2012 post.

Harpoonman:

Here's what I know:

- finish appears to be original CAR (Metallic Red in Tokai-speak?);
- pickups are grey bottom with "E" stamps and all other electronics appear original;
- maple neck with an obvious "V" back carve, vintage-sized frets and 7.25" radius, pre-CBS Fender headstock shape, a single round "Tele-style" string tree, and gold Script Logo ("Clapton-style" cig burn included!);
- Neckplate is stamped with just 4 digits (2330);
- saddles are stamped "Final Prospec".
-all 3 pots marked A250K ohm;
- 5-way switch marked "351";
- All pickup leads are cloth covered;
- Front cavity for pots/switch stamped "9=4 MR Y";
- Butt of neck stamped "9=4";
- Tuners stamped "DELUXE";
- Full-size trem block is steel (confirmed with a magnet).


Help identify my Tokai: Goldstar Sound ST-80?
 

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