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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by felis, May 9, 2014.

  1. 2-Finger

    2-Finger Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    47
    861
    Aug 16, 2016
    Brussels, Belgium
    @felis , it's not easy to understand him because there is a lot of background noise, but he says something like this:

    It's a prototype.... It's a bit of a strange guitar, I've never played anything like this before. A different shape and a different pick-up and electronics combination. Two single coils and a different sound from any other guitar I have ever tried. Sounds very good!
     
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  2. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Thanks my friend. :thumb:

    In the sixties (as far as I know) they made 3 variations on this model.
    "prototype", very interesting, maybe more to come. :cool:
     
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  3. jofish

    jofish Strat-O-Master

    592
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hull, UK
    Thought I'd share some pics of a nice old Breezysound that just came my way.

    I'm currently (reluctantly) selling my Breezy and got chatting to a guy through eBay who happens to have the same model but with a rosewood board. I've never seen another Tortoiseshell Mahogany Breezy so it's really cool to know there's at least one more out there. I wonder how many are around in total..?

    He apparently bought his new in 1985. Funnily enough, both of these have got quite a bit of wear in the same spots on the back of the body.

    Anyway, here are a couple of pics:

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  4. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    @jofish that TTE-TMR (rosewood fretboard) looks nice, but I think the original Tokai bridge (six small barrels) on your Breezy is way more attractive. ;):thumb:
     

  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Interesting, I didn't know that you could get a Tortoiseshell Mahogany Breezy with a rosewood board. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen one before.

    Of course the neck could have been swapped. The bridge clearly has been. Looks like a Gotoh bridge to me, I used to have one of those on my MIJ Tele. I still prefer the Tokai bridges though, the ones with no edge & six small saddles - well designed & solidly made, unlike some similar efforts by Fender.
     

  6. jofish

    jofish Strat-O-Master

    592
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hull, UK
    Yeah, good spot, it is a Gotoh bridge. The guy said he changed out the original as the saddles were ripping skin off his right hand. Can't say I've ever had that problem but I don't really play mine enough!

    The TM in the Tokai catalogues has a rosewood board so I'd say it's all original. He did also send a pic of the back of the neck and it has the correct "60" and "Made in Japan" stickers. (I should have really uploaded all the pics but my post was long enough as it was...)

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  7. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    My memory really must be going - I have that catalogue! :oops:
     
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  8. oroq

    oroq New Member!

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    Feb 11, 2018
    UK
    Hi,
    I recently bought a Tokai Goldstar Sound second-hand. Not sure what year it's from, but I'm guessing it's around a decade old. Overall I'm really pleased with it, probably the best guitar I've owned up till now (and actually my first ever Strat-type guitar). The only one issue I've found with it is the nut; the slots are poorly cut. I've decided to replace it with one of those Tusq XL precut ones. Also, I'm not too sure about the quality of the tuners. After removing them I can see they have "Japan" marked on the inside, although nothing on the outside. I've attached a photo, and was wondering if anyone knows anything about them. Is it worth replacing them for some new Schaller/Gotoh/etc ones?
    Thanks for any advice.

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  9. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    It would be nice to see the rest of the guitar so we know what we're dealing with. We don't even know where it was made! If it's a Japanese Goldstar, the tuners should be much the same as any Fender with vintage style tuners. Since many of us on here have Tokais that are 30 to 40 years old with their original tuners, there shouldn't be any need to rush into changing them if they work well now.