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What year? 1966 replica SS60

 
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TheGoat
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:17 pm    Post subject: What year? 1966 replica SS60 Reply with quote

Hi all. Picked up my first Tokais. An Ď84 Goldstar Sound ST50 candy red Ď56 type E pickups Kluson style tuners and this black beauty. I am blown away by the quality of these guitars. I have a light relic fender custom shop and this Ď66 is on par. The finish is light, donít know if itís poly or nitro, the grain is visable. I donít see any seems in the body wood. Check out the wiring and tie wrap on the pickups. Any ideas on the year. Thanks.




















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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it would be 1982, March production.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Is that from the cavity numbers? Also do you know what finish was on these models. Thanks. I have looked and I havenít been able to find much info on this one.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi 'Goat'

So the spec for this model was an Alder body with poly finish. It was essentially a SpringySound in terms of body, routing,
electronics, hardware and finish but had a one-off style neck - Springy with a large headstock and laminated fingerboard. Add to that the 1966-style Fender serial number (6 digits) and I hope you are getting the picture.
It had a run of only 4 years making it the rarest of SilverStar models.
I have only ever seen them in 3 colours - Black, Olympic White and 3T Sunburst.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have said 1981.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

. . .and you would have been wrong, Hodge.
1981 SS-60 would be a 1976 replica with bullet truss rod, 3 bolt neck and a 7 digit serial# on the headstock.
1982 was when Tokai went to Fender style serial # for the respective Years, hence a 6 digit number for 1966 - 1974 replicas.
As the sequence started at 100000, this one is the 637 guitar made from the '66-'74 era . . (this sequence was also used on TE, PB and JB models) so it is not the 637th SS-60 from 1982. . . but would have been a very early one none-the-less being a March production.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. You mentioned 3rs production of the SS60 model. With an Ď81 being a 3 bolt design, was there an Ď83 4 bolt SS60 or an Ď80 3 bolt SS60. In other words is the 4 bolt SS60 a 1 year only?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Goat,

No, the 4-bolt SS-60 was made through to 1985 when it ceased production. 1982 was the only Year the SS-60 4-bolt had the spaghetti logo. Later Years have the script logo.
That's what makes it so rare.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing your knowledge on the subject.

I canít believe I waited so long to pick one up. Great guitars!!
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