Getting a first Tokai

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Getting a first Tokai

Post by CalumF » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:14 am

Hello everyone, first post here. There’s a korean made Tokai in my area for sale but I feel the price may be a bit high and I can’t find info on the serial number. ... y-sunburst

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Re: Getting a first Tokai

Post by mdvineng » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:10 am

looking like either a Chinese or Korean. there should be a label under the clear coat stating country of origin, some Korean ones didn't have ser #'s
the truss rod cover is way off to one side on this one! the price is high, a new Chinese one could be had for less or look here for an example of a Chinese one and the better fitting TR cover ... SwC-5doc6x
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Re: Getting a first Tokai

Post by brokentoes » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:53 pm

Get a used cheap Tokai from Japan through Jauce or Rinkya. Even with my dollar at .70 cents U.S. duty + shipping i can still get a nice MIJ Tokai for around the price of an Chinese Epiphone here. I'm not sure if the same would hold true for where you are from. Results vary. I've got this little number a while ago.

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Re: Getting a first Tokai

Post by Harima_San » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:52 am

In my eyes, it makes no sense to buy a Tokai that isn't :

1) made in Japan
2) of good quality

It's like going for a Jaguar made by Tata, with Lada parts in a Check Republic factory.... makes no sense watsoever.

Tokai Premiums are quite affordable on the used market. Count around 1'400 to 1'900 $ to get one. I would go for them. No, not the vintage ones, the premium ones. With those, you are in safe harbour and will not change or aspire to a "better" guitar all 5 years. Because there is no better guitar to buy.

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