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by Suki
Tue May 14, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: ST-50 with factory Floyd Rose?
Replies: 14
Views: 5319

Just did a bit more research - it looks like it's not a Floyd Rose but a Gotoh Wilkinson Tremolo VS100. These appeared on some Tokai Talbo models, so it seems extremely plausible that this was a factory fit.

Still would like to know if anyone else has seen one on a ST-50 before!
by Suki
Tue May 14, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: ST-50 with factory Floyd Rose?
Replies: 14
Views: 5319

ST-50 with factory Floyd Rose?

Here's a very interesting question for the experts: I have recently acquired an ST-50 from the 1984 period which has a Floyd Rose trem installed. Initially, I thought this was retro fitted. However, as you can see from the pics, the body has only 2 anchor holes for the trem - if the trem was changed...
by Suki
Sat May 04, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: '82 ST-60 ? How original is it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2037

Chaps, Can anyone tell me the difference between and ST50 and ST60 here? I have an identical 1984 CAR but with VI pickups and always assumed it was an ST 50?

Suki
by Suki
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Old Tokai receipt from '86
Replies: 8
Views: 2041

Yes, it seems the pre-1986 prices were much lower. The ST-50 price rose to an RRP of ?357 (although nobody would actually sell them for that). If you managed to get one in '84 you would have done well. The back story on the pricing is in an interesting article below: http://planetbotch.blogspot.co.u...
by Suki
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Goldstars
Replies: 6
Views: 1555

A god question that I've often wondered about is how do you tell these "New" Goldstars from the 80's originals?

I can see there is no serial number stamp for instance, but what do the innards look like? Are there any internal stampings?

Does anyone have one of these new goodies?
by Suki
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Old Tokai receipt from '86
Replies: 8
Views: 2041

Guys, Yes it's interesting... I can now buy (D'dadario) strings now even cheaper thank this online! I don't know if many strings are made in the US anymore - I think Ernie's might be an exception. The ST-50 I bought was second hand, but totally mint. I recall the new price for Tokai's at the time wa...
by Suki
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Old Tokai receipt from '86
Replies: 8
Views: 2041

Old Tokai receipt from '86

I was rummaging around and found this amongst some old paperwork. It's the receipt for a '84/85 Tokai ST-50 I bought back in '86 (Candy Apple Red). I wish I had bought a few more at that price! I also seemed to be fond of Dean Markley strings in those days. Perhaps it was the free sticker in every p...
by Suki
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Goldstar help
Replies: 25
Views: 4799

Hi Peter, Thanks for this - sounds possible too. I think that whatever the case, it seems that the body and neck must be from an ST-50 or higher. The numbers match and there are Kluson style machines in place. I have taken the machines off, and there appears to be no evidence of the holes for differ...
by Suki
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:23 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Mint '83 Springy in Flamingo
Replies: 7
Views: 2099

Hey Peter, Yes, Fiesta Red is the same as FO and is one of the colours that shows the most variation, not due to the colour base coat itself, but the nitrocellulose lacquer which yellows with age. This has a more profound affect on the hue of reds than the other popular colours like black and sunbur...
by Suki
Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Sunburst Goldstar ST?? Pics
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

thanks Gabe! I have yet another Sunburst one, but it's a different colour - more red. It's lovely but a little beaten up - I'll post some pics soon.

Suki
by Suki
Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Sunburst Goldstar ST?? Pics
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Sunburst Goldstar ST?? Pics

As promised, here is another set of pics. This time a Sunburst Goldie but I'm not knowledgeable enough to know if it's an ST50 or higher. It looks like a 2 piece body (I can just about make out the seam down the middle), and it has a 5 digit number only serial. Everything looks kosher and the stamps...
by Suki
Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Pics of my Candy Apple Red Goldie
Replies: 15
Views: 3205

Hey Barks, I've always assumed mine is from around '84, I'll leave it for the experts to comment :)
by Suki
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Pics of my Candy Apple Red Goldie
Replies: 15
Views: 3205

Hey Chester, Yes, Candy Apple is one of the nicest colours around for a Strat. I've actually got several Tokais strats this colour. I also have one that came with a painted headstock. I stupidly "fenderised" this, threw out the original bridge and replaced it with a Kahler locking tremolo - it was m...
by Suki
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Pics of my Candy Apple Red Goldie
Replies: 15
Views: 3205

Hey Barks, I don't see how there can be any difference with yours - I think it is identical. We know that in very late 1965, Fender changed the headstock shape and introduced the CBS script (not spaghetti) logo. So, if yours is a copy of an early 1965, then this makes sense, as yours has the smaller...
by Suki
Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Pics of my Candy Apple Red Goldie
Replies: 15
Views: 3205

Thank you Chester! It's amazing that once these guitars have a proper fret dress, the action can be amazing and they play better than any strat ever made. No wonder Fender got their (Bridget Jones style) knickers in a bunch. The only exception for me are one or two early 80's Schecters I have that a...