1981 ES-150J (ES-335 Style Tokai)

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:39 am

My 81 ES100J has a beefy neck - very much a 59 profile.

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Post by duff » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:43 am

Emiel wrote:A friend of mine has a '81 ES100 that is just three serial numbers apart from my '81 ES100. His has a noticable thicker neck and soundwise a little bit more low end, other than that they are identical. Fantastic guitars!
did he recently buy it? might be my old one.. big neck, sunburst.

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Post by Emiel » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:57 am

duff wrote:
Emiel wrote:A friend of mine has a '81 ES100 that is just three serial numbers apart from my '81 ES100. His has a noticable thicker neck and soundwise a little bit more low end, other than that they are identical. Fantastic guitars!
did he recently buy it? might be my old one.. big neck, sunburst.
No, his is a natural one :)

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Post by _JDZ » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:37 pm

Here are neck measurements from all three of mine:

ES-150 - 1981 (in the pics)
0.84" / 21.3 mm at 1st fret
1.01" / 25.7 mm at 12th fret

ES-150 - 1981
0.85" / 21.6 mm at 1st fret
1.02" / 25.9 mm at 12th fret

ES-100 - 1981
0.87" / 22.1 mm at 1st fret
1.04" / 26.2 mm at 12th fret

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Re: 1981 ES-150J (ES-335 Style Tokai)

Post by playeditwrong » Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:45 pm

The one I sold in San Diego in around 1985, the dealer (a stocky white athletic guy with short hair) said "feels like a baseball bat!" and started noodling around with it having a lot of fun. Probably a guitar center near Balboa Ave in Kearney Mesa.

I think it was a 100. There was a slight round blemish somewhere on the headstock finish that looked like a cigarette burn. Translucent red, birdseye maple.

Selling it was emblematic of a series of mistakes I made in the 80s...

The only objects from the 80s I have now are Noad's The Classical Guitar with the cover ripped off, and a handmade R. Allen shakuhachi signed and dated 1987. If it could only have been my Tokai ES 335 that survived :cry: :cry: :cry:

Seriously I wonder what the chances would be of tracking down that very guitar???

This must be my "Rosebud" moment...

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Re: 1981 ES-150J (ES-335 Style Tokai)

Post by luis » Tue May 04, 2021 2:31 pm

MIne is 500 number away the one you got Marcus!

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Re: 1981 ES-150J (ES-335 Style Tokai)

Post by settebello » Tue May 04, 2021 11:57 pm

We're all close together. Mine is 1013182. :D

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Re: 1981 ES-150J (ES-335 Style Tokai)

Post by marcusnieman » Wed May 05, 2021 8:27 am

So on that note, I have to ask.....

Were/are the Tokai serial numbers sequential for ALL guitars (LP, SG, ES, etc) as they came out of production?
Or were the serial numbers allocated in order for the certain guitar types?

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