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Tokai's Mystery Box

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  1. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    So here it is :whistling:
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    (big thanks to @Thrup'ny Bit and @Will Lefeurve for presenting the idea and giving the impulse. :D ;) :thumb:)

    This thread is meant to try to bundle/list Tokai related anomalies, and maybe solve a few while we're at it!
     
  2. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Okay, I'll start.

    On top of my list, this letter;
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    There are at least 2 pages, where/who has the second (or more) pages?
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Mystery #2

    - are there 2 types of 'E's, type A (hand made exact alloy reproduction of a '54 single coil), type B (production model of the same model), or are these the 'E' and 'U' designations?
     
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  4. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I know very little about Tokai but await further revelations with interest.
     
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    Hopefully this is going to turn into a juicy thread :D
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Mystery #3

    - what's the story behind the "Golden Era" reissue models?


    So there are my top 3 mysteries, I'll give it a pause, for now :whistling:.

    And as @jofish so nicely puts it :thumb:, let's make this a juicy one. :D ;)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've e-mailed Scooby Doo and the gang, but they may be a while. We may have to investigate ourselves. :sneaky:
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Re: the letter to Mr. Fender.



    :D:D:D

    And meanwhile, I contacted (mailed) the source who provided the first page, to hear he'd gotten hold of those other pages?
     
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    It's still a mystery to me...
    What, if anything is the significance of any of this?
    Seems sorta like an inside joke.
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Try to find answers/look for facts, rather than going with years of assumptions.


    No, sincere.
     
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    C'mon
    It's Sunday/Cocktail day..
    Turn loose...
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not that smart, you'll have to put a smiley behind......before I get it. :oops: :D ;)
     
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    Very cool! Is this letter something you have physically or did you find it on the web?
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    From the web (posted by a fellow member on TF).
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    We're not going to solve any mystery this way! :confused::D
     
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    Problem is, you're the Tokai expert here - we're the ones who should be asking you questions, we know nothing :D :D

    Out of interest (this isn't really a mystery, just an easy question for you, I'm sure), I see that the letter you posted above has the Tokai logo that you'd see on mid-80s Goldstars, Breezys etc.

    Was this the general company logo even pre-82 (when the letter is dated) and the 'spaghetti' logo just their own sneaky homage to Fender? Hope that makes sense, maybe a stupid question...
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks, but there are much more knowledgeable, more (decades) Tokai experienced people than me around. :thumb:

    Most of what I know, I've read on the web/forums or learned from friends. :oops: :D



    This is what I see on the catalog covers, but they may have well used both logos side by side?;)


    Here, they used a sort of 'spaghetti' logo; 1982 ←

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    The 'letter's' logo; 1987→

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    That's interesting, thanks!

    I've never seen the '82 logo you posted before. Part of the reason I ask is because my 81 Springy still has the spaghetti logo and I wondered if the change to the other one was part of a wider shift.

    Cheers!
     
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    Out of interest and playing devils advocate, are you sure that letter is authentic?

    What is its provenance?

    Stuff like that is very easy to fake.
     
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