- Jan 8, 2016
Hey Tokai experts
Could someone help me establish a date of manufacture for this Goldstar?
What type of pickups are in there?
So far and from what I (not your 'expert' ) have seen, read and heard (and when the 'rolled brass plate' is original to the guitar?) manufacture date could be placed somewhere around '84/'85/'86?
I agree - pickups are the most likely thing to give us a clue about date. Goldstars are hard to date as the serial number doesn't help. I have a vague idea that the excellent little brass plate under the controls (one of the few improvements to the Strat since 1954) was only on the early Goldstars, so I might be prepared to stick my neck out & say 1984/5 as I think I once heard that this feature had gone by 1986. But it's very hard to say.
Back in the 1980s, the good folk at Tokai didn't have the faintest idea that people like us would care in the slightest about exactly when their guitar was made 30 years later!
Old post, but doesn't look like it was resolved?
Brass ground plate phased out by 1987.
5 digit serial number on a maple board suggests they were still using the Fender style numbering system.
It is really hard to see the code stamped in the control cavity but I think I see and = sign which was phased out by 1985 apparently.
So it is likely a 1984 or 1985 Goldstar in my opinion.
Pickups would help tell what model it is.
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