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by brad347
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Tokai E stamped Strat pickups?
Replies: 4
Views: 2362

The E pickups are very "not bad!" In their day, they were probably right up there with the better vintage-style strat pickups around in that time period. Nowadays, of course, we live in a very good era as far as vintage-style pickups are concerned; lots of great winders all making great stuff-- many...
by brad347
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Bridge with a steel block for a ST-80?
Replies: 6
Views: 2376

Of course, there are good ones and bad ones from any era! I do feel that my background has given me some perspective on what separates a solid instrument from a good one from a great one, though. I am a full-time professional player, but I also own 22 guitars and have been buying vintage guitars wit...
by brad347
Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Bridge with a steel block for a ST-80?
Replies: 6
Views: 2376

What impressed you about the 58 Strat over the ST-80. It just sounds better and is more inspiring to play. I'm not sure how to really describe it better than that. I haven't gone through a scientific assessment of substituting each and every part. I suspect that wouldn't prove fruitful anyway, beca...
by brad347
Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Bridge with a steel block for a ST-80?
Replies: 6
Views: 2376

I have an ST-80 as well. It's a great guitar. The original block on mine was brass, which is "not bad." I'd rather that than the zinc/pot metal stuff that most regular-line Fenders have now. I ended up putting a Callaham bridge assembly on mine. I do feel like it made a dramatic improvement in the s...
by brad347
Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Fender or Boutique comparisons to E series pickups
Replies: 13
Views: 4178

I changed the pots to CTS 250's and this opened up the sound of the E's quite well. I was suprised that the Tokai pot values in my guitar were only 150 - 160K when measured once out of my guitar. Does anyoe know if this is a common trait of the Japanese pots that should be 250K as marked? The CTS p...
by brad347
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: ATTENTION Springy, Breezy and Silverstar owners
Replies: 44
Views: 22880

Re: ATTENTION Springy, Breezy and Silverstar owners

OK well here's mine. I bought it from a guy who had 2 Springys, both in black, one with rosewood and one with maple (mine) and I would not be surprised at all if the necks and bodies got swapped around at some point. But I guess that's always true with guitars that are 30 years old, you just never k...
by brad347
Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS Vintage 60s Kalamazoo (Gibson) solidbody! $350 US shipped
Replies: 0
Views: 918

FS Vintage 60s Kalamazoo (Gibson) solidbody! $350 US shipped

I have decided to sell this guitar. My Riviera needs frets! I'm motivated to sell to someone here. Ebay has been steadily going up on their fees lately, so rather than giving them a bunch, I'd rather just sell stuff for less to real players directly. This is a cool guitar, it's made in the 1960s in ...
by brad347
Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Publish a Book called " Vintage Tokai"
Replies: 24
Views: 9776

I have original ST-80 Springy Sound hang tags! :D
by brad347
Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: New member new (to me) Springy Sound
Replies: 19
Views: 7823

That looks like a good'un! :o :D
by brad347
Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:59 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: APB-64 bass
Replies: 0
Views: 1428

APB-64 bass

Does anyone know how the APB-64 fits in the yen price structure? Since it's not a multiple of 5 then I assume it was a flagship model (like the TST-62, etc). Is this a correct or incorrect assumption? Does anyone know?

Thanks!

Long time away from the site but things look about the same here.
by brad347
Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Tokai Hard Puncher or Jazz Sound bass (or Kay hollowbod
Replies: 0
Views: 1203

WTB: Tokai Hard Puncher or Jazz Sound bass (or Kay hollowbod

title says it all. PM me and let me know what you got! Also interested in old Hollowbody kay electric basses.

thanks

bw
by brad347
Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: My first post, and first tokai
Replies: 15
Views: 6110

yeah get those pickups outta there! my buddy has a TST-56 with Fralins in it and it sounds as good as the best post-CBS strats i've ever heard.
by brad347
Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Breezysound TE-50
Replies: 7
Views: 4710

hey. Really hard to tell about the finish in the auction pics because the lighting is weird. I don't really know what else to say beyond that, except that I'm no tele expert but have owned a few Tokai strats. I had a TST-56. equal to my ST-80 in every way except poly finish vs. lacquer, and I can sa...
by brad347
Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Breezysound TE-50
Replies: 7
Views: 4710

lacquer makes a big difference on how the neck feels. THe pickups make a very noticable difference on the sound in my opinion. A lacquer finish will also age better... a poly finish sort of hermetically seals a guitar and leaves it "frozen in time" as it was from the factory.
by brad347
Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Breezysound TE-50
Replies: 7
Views: 4710

Kenny, welcome. Be advised that the TE-80 will be a somewhat higher quality guitar than the TE-50. You may already know this, but the model number is the list price for that year (which reflects in the quality). TE-80 = 80,000 yen, and TE-50 = 50,000 yen. I dont have much experience with the breezys...