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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by felis, May 9, 2014.
Nice one. Strat a new thread about it when it arrives, & post lots of pics.
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PS it's a "V" neck.
Great. Not a big surprise that it's a V neck, but I'm glad as I know that's what you wanted. I can't say that I've seen numbers stamped on the neck butt like that before.
So - is it any good?
From what I've read, some pre '80s ST (small neck plates?) have the serial number on the neck butt. They also don't have the typical Tokai codes (xx=xx)in cavity or neck.
I haven't had much time to play it yet, from the brief moments I've put her through her paces, I'm impressed. As is usual when I receive a new guitar (read Tokai) . I even like the sound of the E pups.
I think it's only the '77s that have the narrower neckplate, & they are very rare. Yours is a '78? So it has the standard sized neckplate with the serial number on it?
1980 is the year when they changed from the model number stamped into the fretboard above the highest fret, to the model number on the oval paper sticker on the back of the neck. The change seems to have happened half way through the year. Does yours have anything stamped on the fretboard?
No model number stamp on fretboard, small neckplate (no serial number).
Another Tokai anomaly.
Maybe. Or more likely it just shows that the small neckplates changed early in 1978. Looks like yours is one of the earliest Springys around.
My mate, the Goldstar expert, has a theory about the higher models - he thinks they may have been specially produced in advance of the main production runs as dealer freebies, or for trade shows, that sort of thing. They made some more later into the production runs, but I can see the sense behind that. If you're trying to convince a sceptical world that Tokais are good, send them an ST100 like yours - that should convince them!
What caused the discussion was my Goldstar ST80. You see very few Goldie ST80s (less than Springys), & he has the only other one I've seen. But mine has the earlier Goldstar decal that only the very earliest Goldies have (late '83?) & that prompted his theory that mine was sort of a demo model to show the dealers that the new Goldstars were as good as the Springys.
It may not be true, but it does seem fairly likely to me.
Well, that's a really nice theory, I'll accept it.
Tokais are fun, even when we're not playing them.
Is the difference between the earlier and latter decal, the "MADE IN JAPAN BY ROCK AND ROLL FANATICS" text, underneath the Tokai logo?
here's another example.
Exactly. I had a vague recollection that my first Goldstar, bought in London in December 1983, had this writing. But I had no pics to prove it, & no other Goldstars seemed to have this writing, so I was a little confused. And then my ST80 showed up, & it had the small writing, & me & Gabe concluded that it must just be the earliest ones that had this. Why they changed I have no idea.
I've very quickly become obsessed with my tokai. I couldn't sleep late last night so I laid in bed looking on eBay for another one!!
Although mines only an ss48, it's easily the best strat I've player.
Yeah, Tokais have the tendency to multiply.
Hi guys, I want to replace the pickguard on my wifes Goldstar Sound (1984/85 ST55).
Maybe someone here knows, if a Fender Pickguard Strat 57 Vintage White 1-ply will fit, i.e. will the holes be in alignment with the MIJ body?
I'm not sure. I know Breezys are different to Fender Teles - I had a problem getting a new sp to fit my TE120. But Goldstars might be OK.
I'll be home in a couple of days & I can check this for you then, if you haven't already got a reply.
Hold on a minute, my blue Goldie came to me with a snot green sp & I changed it for parchment - I think it came from axesrus. So it must be OK.
But I can double check for you after Monday.
PS Warmoth gives very detailed specs and dimensions, but their shipping costs to Belgium are $77.00.
I hadn't thought of them until now, thanks again.