ST40

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ST40

Post by Suki » Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:33 am


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Re: ST40

Post by Hodge69 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:03 pm

It's an interesting guitar, Suki.
Why do you think it's 1984/5/6?
Everything looks okay to me for the entry level Springy Sound from 1982.
The L serial number doesn't quite add up, in my opinion, but I'm sure someone will advise.
Does anyone else have concerns?
Who put the bop in the bopshuwopshuwop?
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Re: ST40

Post by Suki » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:10 am

It's because the pickup routings aren't correct for a Springy. Also, spaghetti Springys had allen key adjustments for the truss rod, not cross-head as with later Goldies.

Everything else is 100% correct, and the decal looks a bit 'fresh'. I assume it has been reinstated with a decal - the trend in those days was to scratch off the Tokai decal (and even put a Fender on on!).

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Re: ST40

Post by Hodge69 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:54 pm

In that case, the saddles have been replaced from Final Prospec to the older Tokai ones.
Also, the bridge block has 'made in Japan' stamped on it.
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Re: ST40

Post by Hodge69 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:55 pm

Oh, and the L serial numbers should be rosewood board, surely!
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Re: ST40

Post by Suki » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:52 am

I thought that too. The neck stamps and body stamps do match though.

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Re: ST40

Post by Hodge69 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:05 pm

I bought my ST50 Goldstar new in 1983.
The body and neck stamps don't match.
Who put the bop in the bopshuwopshuwop?
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Re: ST40

Post by Suki » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:43 am

They don't always match - but they mostly do. When they match, it's a quite likely confirmation that they belong together. If they don't match, it could be that it was made like that, or that it's an assembly of sorts afterwards.

I don't think anyone knows 100% what the number codes mean, but the most popular theory is they are MM=DD date codes. This is on the basis that nobody has seen the first number higher than 12, or the second higher than 31.

I have a 100% original 1978 Springy with body and neck codes 12=10 and 12=9. It seems quite plausible they were manufactured one day apart.

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