Found this MIJ Tokai Telecaster on Reverb, advise needed, please

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David UK
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Found this MIJ Tokai Telecaster on Reverb, advise needed, please

Post by David UK » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:32 am

Hello,

I am looking for my first ever MIJ guitar, want a Telecaster model.

Found this on Reverb. Would appreciate if someone would cast an eye over it and advise me if this is the real deal.

https://reverb.com/item/28979663-tokai- ... e-in-japan

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David

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Re: Found this MIJ Tokai Telecaster on Reverb, advise needed, please

Post by Homer J. Simpson » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:46 am

Hi David, I'm not the resident Tokai expert but that appears to be a post-2000 ATE-50 (MIJ stamp above the heel, unmarked bridge, no serial). AFAIK they sold for ~450 quid back then, so the price appears to be <cough> a bit steep (even considering the usual Reverb.com markup). I hope some UK based experts will chime in here.

My advice would be messaging the seller and asking for his "non-Reverb" price.

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Re: Found this MIJ Tokai Telecaster on Reverb, advise needed, please

Post by David UK » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:54 am

Homer J. Simpson wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:46 am
Hi David, I'm not the resident Tokai expert but that appears to be a post-2000 ATE-50 (MIJ stamp above the heel, unmarked bridge, no serial). AFAIK they sold for ~450 quid back then, so the price appears to be <cough> a bit steep (even considering the usual Reverb.com markup). I hope some UK based experts will chime in here.

My advice would be messaging the seller and asking for his "non-Reverb" price.
Hello, Homer (that felt strange typing Homer JS)

Thank you for the reply, your help is appreciated. I have had a closer look at the photos and there are scratches on the back and front of the body, in addition to the ding/dent they mentioned.

I will wait to see if anyone else can offer they views/comments on it.

Cheers
David

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Re: Found this MIJ Tokai Telecaster on Reverb, advise needed, please

Post by mdvineng » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:07 am

seems reasonable for the lower end MIJ, if the price is an issue go for a Chinese on for now whilst you are learning. the condition is good from the pics and you will add your own dings soon enough.
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