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The new MIJ Tokai Strats

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by gusgorman, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    From the ones I've actually measured;

    Springy Sound (Rosewood board)
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    Springy Sound (Maple Board)
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    Breezy Sound (Rosewood board)
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    1984 Goldstar Sound (Maple board)
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  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks
     
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  3. Gunner56

    Gunner56 New Member!

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    Thank you both!
     
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  4. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I tend to like the RW board Tokai Strats & Teles, & dislike the maple versions because the maple versions have significantly fatter necks. So a RW board Goldstar suits me very well, but I can't bond with the maples. So reverse that & you should like the guitar necks that I don't like.
     
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  5. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 8, 2013
    Preston UK
    @stratman323
    I know I should probably start a new thread for this question but as you keep mentioning 80s Tokais I wonder is there is a big difference other than headstock shape to the early 90s ones? I had one which was a really good quality build let down only by the "E" pickups which were a bit weak.
     
  6. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    London, UK
    The E pickups are some people's favourites! Ask felis. I really dislike them, far too thin, bright & weak for me. But E pickups date back to the earliest Springys from 1977 - they seem to have been phased out around 1984. They were only ever fitted in the top of the range Springys - ST60 or above.

    If I buy a Goldstar, it's very likely that I'll replace the pickups - it's also likely that some used SSL-1s from eBay will make their way in there. ;)

    To be honest, I have never established a definite date for when we got the modified headstock on UK distributed Tokai Fender clones. Ignore The Tokai Registry - that site & it's owner refuses to accept or understand that there are countries in the world not called "The USA". :rolleyes:

    I believe it to be some time in the 1990s, perhaps mid 1990s, but I couldn't really point to any hard proof of this. As with most Japanese guitars, there appear to be signs of cost cutting as the 1990s progressed - smaller pots & cheap looking plastic switches. But again it's hard to be definite as it's almost impossible to date a Tokai Strat from after around 1981. (Thanks for that, Tokai....:rolleyes:)

    But I'm not sure that much else changed.
     
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  7. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Yes, they work for Maggie and me. :D
     
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  8. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    I like them too !

    They don't sound thin too me, just on the 50's side :D
     
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  9. bonedust

    bonedust Strat-Talk Member

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    No complaints with my ST80 & ST60 Springys either.
     
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  10. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Yes, I even sold off some 'illustrious' 1982 Fullerton red bobbins because they didn't sound as good (to me) as the original 'E's.
     
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  11. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Your amp must be in need of adjustment - it can't have any top end at all! :eek:

    Either that or hearing is deficient at the top end......
     
  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Or he has exquisite taste....
     
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  13. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Do you actually own a Tokai Strat with E pickups?
     
  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Anyway, enough of this. This seller reckons the very expensive guitar he's trying to sell was made in Tokai's "Custom Shop". But they don't have such a thing do they? Haven't all Tokais always been made in the same factory Tokai have owned for years?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173581869104?ul_noapp=true
     
  15. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Good one.:thumb::D
     
  16. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    They have.
     
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  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not any more. But I did. Maybe I will again, hopefully.
     
  18. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Do they? Where is it? How can I find out more about it?
     
  19. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    I will send the link when I'm home from work tonight.

    Mind you, it's in Japanese and I seem to recall you didn't like it (translator) much the last time I posted a link in Japanese, or not?
     
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  20. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    I have never yet found a computerised translation service that can convert the Japanese language into anything close to English as I understand it.

    If Tokai do actually have a Custom Shop, do you mean to tell me that they have no information available anywhere for their customers in English? Isn't that rather silly?