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1981 TE120

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:34 am
by Sigmania
I just bought this insane TE 120 from Cliff. Christmas present for myself.

I couldn't resist after getting that 1979 TE80 and playing it. If this guitar sounds as good I may have found my dream guitar. I can't believe how full and resonant the TE80 is.

Just wondering how many of these are out there and if anyone has more info?



Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:04 pm
by felixcatus
Nice one, Sig. 8)

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:26 pm
by duff
Sweet! Merry Christmas :)

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:35 pm
by Reborn Old
Lovely grain on that one Geoff. Congrats !

I've seen about a dozen examples with that edge binding, so not very common.

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:44 pm
by Lucke Luke
I really love the binding! Especially the colour.

Sweet 3 tone burst.

Tell me something. What is the reason that out of several el. guitars one might be particularly loud/resonant (not sure how to describe it correctly)?

I've got an SG, LP and EX. Out of em all, to my surprise, the SG which is the thinnest and smallest is the loudest.

Now, where's my present :evil:

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:33 pm
by Sigmania
Thanks guys and Cliff!

Luke, I'm sure everyone has theories. I noticed that guitars that resonate well do it unplugged also. My alder TE80 does. My 2 cents.

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:49 pm
by Sigmania
I should add sustain as well. 😉

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:06 pm
by Udonitron
Nice, I know that guitar well as I pointed Cliff to it on Yahoo for a BIN and told him to nab it before I did.
Glad it is in good hands

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:28 pm
by Peter Mac
Nice score, Sigmania

I also owned an '81 back in '84 except it was GS (two-tone) and had a rosewood fingerboard. The neck was a 'V' shape and highly flamed but it was an awesome guitar.
I didn't appreciate the Breezy (I'm mainly a Les Paul player) and ended up selling it to buy another Les Paul. I heard that Tommy Emmanual owns it now...
Love to get it back though....

Peter Mac

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:32 pm
by Sigmania
Thanks guys. I've had a few Teles tho I was never much impressed and prefer a Les Paul typically, but that 1979 TE80 with the two piece alder body made a believer outta me. 😃

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:38 pm
by Udonitron
Teles are pound per pound the best all arounders you can play.
They do it all.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:50 am
by Sigmania
Totally agree Udonitron after playing the TE80. What an amazing rage of tones!

Glad you pointed it out to Clif, otherwise I may have never ended up with it.

When you google TE120 you only see a handful of examples, and the grain pattern on this one really stands out.

Here are some pics from Japanese sites of the same guitar.





Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:37 am
by Suki
I'm not hugely into Telecasters, but that is awesome! Love the binding.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:42 am
by felixcatus
What's the tone pot value?

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:26 pm
by Sigmania
suki, I have never been either. Mainly a Strat guy and lately Les Pauls (Tokais), but the 1979 TE80 is a beast. Has an amazing Stevie Ray Vaughan blues tone IMHO. Was very surprised, but it was my first Tokai Tele. Heck they could all be like that.

Felixcatus, I don't have it in hand, but Cliff took pics of the electronics. I'll switch over to my computer in a sec.