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Celebrate your 40 year old Tokai's.

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by felis, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes I think 1980 will be the biggest year for celebrations on here, I'll have three that reach their 40th then, all sunburst, unfortunately. There were a lot more made in 1980 than 1978, it seems.
     
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  2. Gunny

    Gunny Strat-Talker Gold Member

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    That’s sweet! I’ve always wanted a vintage Tokai but I don’t know enough about them to know a real from a fake nor how to tell the years?
     
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  3. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Go pre 1982 (for Fender replica model; Breezy/Springy), then you can tell the production date by the first number of the 7 digit serial number. ;)
     
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  4. Gunny

    Gunny Strat-Talker Gold Member

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    I appreciate the knowledge, but, what’s the signs of a fake or do you know of an honest source to purchase pre 1982 Breezy/Springy? Any bit you can tell me will be a bit I don’t know! LOL! Even a good site I can go to, to learn about these? Thanks Felix!
     
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  5. Gunny

    Gunny Strat-Talker Gold Member

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    What a sweet looking guitar! The neck is beautiful!
     
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  6. Gunny

    Gunny Strat-Talker Gold Member

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    There’s not many types of people that I dislike(to put it mildly)in this world more than thieves! I had my completely original 1958 Tele stolen many years ago & I still have a knot in my gut every time I think of it!
     
  7. Gunny

    Gunny Strat-Talker Gold Member

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    Sorry but “LMAO”!!!!
     
  8. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    That so totally sucks.

    I had a rather interesting experience some years back...

    My first electric was a 1967 Mustang which I sold in 1972. Fast forward a decade or so and I am at a club as part of the house band hosting a god awful jam night. Up walks this fellow with a Mustang that looked very familiar, so I complimented him on his vintage piece and asked if I could see it. I immediately went to the back of the neck to see if it had "the blemish" that mine had.

    It did. So I exclaimed to all around, "Holy Sh*t! This is my old Mustang!!

    The guy ran.

    I really didn't mean to scare him...I just thought it cool to come across my old guitar.

    I wound up calling the local constabulary and asking them if this particular instrument was on their "stolen sheet?" It was. So a detective came out the next day, collected the guitar and I presume reunited it with its aggrieved owner. Either that or took it home for himself. He also took a description of the fellow and the night's sign up sheet. Maybe a thief got nailed, maybe not.

    Moral of the story boys and girls:
    Don't seal stuff.
     
  9. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
  10. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    This year's almost done, we can start to prepare for Tokai 79ers.
     
  11. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Another year to go for mine then - I have a trio from 1980.
     
  12. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well I assumed it was Chinese, yes, but do you mean that Tokai now have two different quality levels in their Chinese range? "Legacy" is the cheapest?
     
  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It seems so, they have to compete with other manufacturers. The Chinese vintage guitars I've played are very good, the Love Rock almost tempted me...
     
  16. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    (almost forgot :whistling::D) 1979's are up!


    Last year of 'interlude' before the eighties models.
    My expectations are high for next year! ;)
     
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  17. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think I'll have to wait another 30 years or so for mine to be posted here!
     
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  18. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    That's quite a wait! o_O;)
     
  19. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    We'll be there, we'll be there...
     
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  20. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Less than one year! :sneaky::D