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

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Fender serial numbers don't run January to January either. If you weren't born until 78, you missed all the good stuff too. Even my daughter is older than you :p
     
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  2. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    I feel old enough !! Especially when I show with my hands, to my 3 years old daughter, how old daddy is...
     
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  3. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Lucked out today on some photos of my 'notoriously hard to get their colour over onto screen' BL(onde) ones. :D

    Probably helped by a low angled winter sun, these are some pics of which I think, transfer the color on (my?!) screen as close to, as I see it, in real.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  4. jofish

    jofish Strat-O-Master

    593
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hull, UK
    That Strat is an absolute beauty. Interesting that the pickup covers have yellowed and not the knobs. Many seem to be the other way around.
     
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  5. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Thank you, sir. :thumb:

    Anomalies seem to rouse my interest, patterns starting to form. :D;)
     
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  6. jofish

    jofish Strat-O-Master

    593
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hull, UK
    I imagine you've got enough detective work for a lifetime with all the Tokai anomalies and oddities!

    The Blonde Breezy is stunning too by the way, didn't want it feeling left out :p
     
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  7. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Thanks again. ;):thumb:

    And exactly 'that' Breezy bundles 'Tokai and vintage wrong specs' en masse! It's my favorite guitar, on almost all aspects.
     
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  8. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    It'll probably be in London 'for you' to play. ;)
     
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  9. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Maybe old news for you guys, but yesterday for the first time I come across the Tokai 'client' Custom shop division web pages.

    Some interesting models, and some of the model specification charts even contain info about 'body pieces', 'fret sizes', nice.

    Also nice are the specific 'manufacturer', 'paint master' and 'assembly master' added comments.
     
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  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Thank you. I now have cramp in my scrolling finger and the lust has returned...o_O
     
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  11. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Where are you getting that information from? When I view it, most of the information is in Japanese.
     

  12. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Translated to Dutch.
    [​IMG]
     

  13. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter


  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    It's the first digit isn't it? And I was under the impression that SSs didn't start till 1979. Though I can't remember where I heard that. Either way, that's a strange guitar. The tuners suggest an SS36, but the bridge saddles must have been changed. Not only are they pre-CBS style, but they're gold too (or were!).
     
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  15. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    First, I'm pretty ignorant on the SilverStars.

    Still ;), here's what I find about it ; although the 'Quantity' 8000570 number adds up for a (very early?) 1978, strange indeed.

    And read (FWIW); quote Peter Mac "The SS series was released in 1978 (MY1979) and grew from there".
     

  16. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter


    Sorry i meant first digit....
     

  17. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Did some digging ;), and here seems to be another '8' serial, with an even lower 'quantity number'?



    1978 SilverStar.png
     

  18. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Now, do these 2 examples mean we can start arguing that SilverStar production started simultaneously with the SpringySound production?
     

  19. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    And another quote from (TF) Peter Mac; "the SS series SilverStar was first released in 1978. It made the 1978 Catalog printed in June 1978 - Tokais' first Catalog, Volume 1.
    Serial numbers started at 800xxxx.
    The body and neck were from the same lumber stock as the Springy so those early 4 years are really a great find".
     

  20. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    I find your search for logic & order in the world of Tokais to be touching. And perhaps a little naive? ;)

    I gave up expecting logic many years ago & now I am never disappointed.....
     
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