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Is this a Tokai? What and how old is it, what's it called?

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 12:01 pm
by beemrmax
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I've done some research on this guitar. Couldn't really find the actual guitar. I think it's a Tokai because of the whammy bar tailpiece. The chrome PU's and pickguard are very unique. It sounds really cool and plays surprisingly well. The hard case is quire unique also.

I'd like to find the right knobs for it, the namebadge it's missing also. If anyone has these parts please contact me.

What is it and what is it worth? I think it may be one of the oldest Tokais out there, from the 60's?

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 12:36 pm
by ian
AFAIK, Tokai began making electrics in 1977 (with possible exception of earlier models branded Goban or Gaban).

Switches & styling are typical of many guitars from the 1960?s, eg see this Guyatone ... 50970&rd=1 . Have a look around on eBay, you?ll probably find the exact same thing.


Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:10 pm
by Paladin2019
What about the tailpiece makes you think it's tokai?

Picture of the Tokai in the Vintage Guitar

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:01 pm
by beemrmax
price guide has the same funky whammy bar tailpiece. Page 185 of the 2004 edition. The guitar is a 1967 Tokai Tele Star 5003. I believe this guitar is an early Tokai of the same vintage.

Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:22 am
by ian
Uh hu,? so it?s on eBay now.

Page 185 of ?Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 1994? shows this guitar as a ?1967 Tele Star, made by Kawai?, not a Tokai! The guide only lists one Tokai ? shows photo of a new Goldstar with pointy h-stock & says ?1982 AST-56? lol :lol: .