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by BrazenPickerNew
Sat May 23, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Moon Custom Stratocaster 90s
Replies: 6
Views: 1976

Re: Moon Custom Stratocaster 90s

Top quality guitars, I have 2 myself. I bet the serial number is in the neck pocket and on the back of the neck there. IIRC, it starts with the year and then the month of production, followed by the unit number.
by BrazenPickerNew
Sat May 23, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTB High end Tokai/Greco/Navigator Les Paul Type
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: WTB High end Tokai/Greco/Navigator Les Paul Type

villager wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 10:30 am
I sent a PM a month ago with no response...
That's why I rarely reply to WTB ads any more. So common for people not even to have the manners to write back "thanks but no thanks" after you've spent 10 minutes uploading photos and writing a bit of a description.
by BrazenPickerNew
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Greco
Topic: That poor guitar...
Replies: 3
Views: 794

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: 2119

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: 8
Views: 1256

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: 12
Views: 1716

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: 12
Views: 1716

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: 12
Views: 1716

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: 661

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: 2119

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: 12
Views: 1716

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: 12
Views: 1716

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: 12
Views: 1716

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.