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by BrazenPickerNew
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Greco
Topic: That poor guitar...
Replies: 3
Views: 58

That poor guitar...

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/g397934897

Surprised that people are still bidding it up this high. It's already been stripped of its Dry-Zs, and undoing that "repair" will test the skills of the best luthier.
by BrazenPickerNew
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: "Best" Tokai LP Style Recommendation - Tokyo visit
Replies: 21
Views: 739

Re: "Best" Tokai LP Style Recommendation - Tokyo visit

Navigator has pretty big necks usually. Can't speak for modern Tokais but my vintage ones vary quite a bit in thickness and perception thereof (the contour is at least as important for that). One thing with some of these brands is that it may be easier to snap up a great deal in the US than in Japan...
by BrazenPickerNew
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: What is a fair price?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: What is a fair price?

I think where the OP is coming from (not meant disrespectfully) is that quite a few people still see these as affordable substitutes for when you can't afford a Fender or Gibson. There's enough of us who don't see it that way that you get market prices that rival those on a used Historic. There's al...
by BrazenPickerNew
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Greco
Topic: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?

PS: some good info here.

https://japtone.com/en/chapter-iv-histo ... ising-sun/

Based on this, I believe it's an SE-500.
by BrazenPickerNew
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Greco
Topic: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?

I'm also not too sure, but at least later they would use Sparkle Sound for an SE-600, so my best guess is that it was the same in 1976. Excel pickups would normally mean SE-600 and up, but if they're as inconsistent as Tokai (which I have more experience with), that's not a sure way to tell. My best...
by BrazenPickerNew
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Greco
Topic: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?

Congrats! Gorgeous guitar. I agree with your assessments. My best guess is it's a refin over the common natural finish of that era. I love the color and if you count the cost of getting it refinished and refretted (am I right?) then that guitar is worth what you paid for it. The Excel pickups are al...
by BrazenPickerNew
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CITES Appendix II Amended for Rosewood aka Dalbergia
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: CITES Appendix II Amended for Rosewood aka Dalbergia

Thanks, good info. Foe emphasis though, Brazilian RW is still restricted. Last section of the l'Arrivée link: "(PLEASE NOTE, this amendment does not include the heavily restricted travel of the protected Brazilian Rosewood species Dalbergia nigra which remains on the Appendix I list of highly endang...
by BrazenPickerNew
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: "Best" Tokai LP Style Recommendation - Tokyo visit
Replies: 21
Views: 739

Re: "Best" Tokai LP Style Recommendation - Tokyo visit

"Best" is in the eye of the beholder, but for a newer guitar, personally I'd prefer a Crews Vintage Line model, Momose or Navigator, and for Tokai the older stuff. Call me superficial, but I see they still do pretty shoddy inlay work, which is even worse on a nice braz board. If Gibson did this the ...
by BrazenPickerNew
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Greco
Topic: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?

I'm not sure at all if I remember this correctly, but I have a vague recollection reading somewhere about greybottom pickups that didn't have the stamp. Maybe others can chime in. That messy blue and black wiring is unfamiliar to me as well, but who knows. I have 8 or 9 Springy Sounds, but all from ...
by BrazenPickerNew
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Greco
Topic: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?

Don't know much about Yamaha, except that it's generally a high-quality brand. Seems like a low-end model with the 2-piece neck (look at the headstock) and chrome non-Kluson tuners. Now if you could first play it and get the price down a lot... But online at this price, you'd be much better off buyi...
by BrazenPickerNew
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Greco
Topic: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: HELP ME: 1976 Super Sounds: Original Color OR REFINISH?

Beautiful guitar but I've never seen that color. I'm pretty certain that's a refin. Tuners look correct, and those Excel pickups are very nice. Looks like it's had a refret also?

Now, the price is crazy high (around 1500 US?) for this. In Japan you can buy them all day long for a third of that.
by BrazenPickerNew
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Springy sound just buy.
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Springy sound just buy.

villager wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:42 am
pictures may help..
Come on, you're supposed to be the expert. :D
by BrazenPickerNew
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Guitars
Topic: WHAT Was Your FAVORITE Guitar Purchase of 2019?
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: WHAT Was Your FAVORITE Guitar Purchase of 2019?

I bought about 20 Strats this year, none of them duds, so it's hard to name one. Maybe it's the honeymoon to some extent, but I'm loving my most recent purchase. Sounds fantastic, love the neck shape and the overall look. http://www.niconico-guitars.com/html/products/detail.php?product_id=7811 Or th...
by BrazenPickerNew
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Gear Reviews
Topic: what "TOKAI" means?
Replies: 10
Views: 2073

Re: what "TOKAI" meansl

Thanks for the information. It's a pity that there isn't more of a platform in Japan for people to add their knowledge, or detailed recorded history with inside anecdotes, like there is with Fender and Gibson. I've found this site the be useful, with some nice anecdotal history, but it's just one pe...
by BrazenPickerNew
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Gear Reviews
Topic: what "TOKAI" means?
Replies: 10
Views: 2073

Re: what "TOKAI" means?

Well, since you're Japanese... I'm wondering: are there Japanese forums similar to this one? Which are the biggest ones? With Google translate it's possible at least to read them, and there may be good information there. Are you aware of articles (for instance in Japanese guitar magazines) with inte...