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Tokai Super Edition - Real or Fake

 
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Rabidbitch
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:58 pm    Post subject: Tokai Super Edition - Real or Fake Reply with quote

Hi all,

I would be grateful if some of you could identify my Tokai Super Edition.

Is this a fake do you think?

This is the only number I can find.

Seems to say, 3 - 18 LB V



















Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks real to me.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Tokai Super Edition - Real or Fake Reply with quote

Rabidbitch wrote:
Hi all,

I would be grateful if some of you could identify my Tokai Super Edition.

Is this a fake do you think?

This is the only number I can find.

Seems to say, 3 - 18 LB V









Thanks in advance for any assistance.


Here"s what Tokai Gakki Co.Ltd say about it;

"The code No. on the body and neck express lot number.
>-body code: 6=14 A
Made in June.
>-neck code: 5=16 A
Made in May.
"

and 'LB' is the colour code, the 'V' I do not know.

My 'best guess' is SD503 http://www.tokairegistry.com/images/catalogs/vol12p4.jpg

And, should it not once have had an 'oval modelnumber sticker' above the 'white MIJ sticker'?
Rabidbitch wrote:




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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having looked at that catalogue, none of those are that guitar. They don't have that Tokai tremolo.


Thanks for that other info though. That guitar since I've owned it hasn't had a sticker above the made in japan sticker. Also there is no sticker on the butt of the neck. This is why I was wondering if it was a fake.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rabidbitch wrote:
Having looked at that catalogue, none of those are that guitar. They don't have that Tokai tremolo.


Thanks for that other info though. That guitar since I've owned it hasn't had a sticker above the made in japan sticker. Also there is no sticker on the butt of the neck. This is why I was wondering if it was a fake.


I don't think it's a fake, I would also say Tokai made!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

felixcatus wrote:
Rabidbitch wrote:
Having looked at that catalogue, none of those are that guitar. They don't have that Tokai tremolo.


Thanks for that other info though. That guitar since I've owned it hasn't had a sticker above the made in japan sticker. Also there is no sticker on the butt of the neck. This is why I was wondering if it was a fake.


I don't think it's a fake, I would also say Tokai made!


Well that's a relief. I really hope as I've it for sale on ebay (posted here also). I don't want someone accusing me that it's a fake. Seems real to me but I'm no expert.

I'd keep the axe but it needs a good going over, and I have a thing for dings in the paint, no matter how small they are (and it has a few). Needs a real good set up too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a SD403 (which can be seen in the catalogue pic felixcatus posted), and it's very similar to your guitar. It doesn't have that type of tremolo or the locking nut, and it has only two control knobs.

But the single coils looks exactly the same underneath as yours. I'd say as well that your guitar is a legit Tokai.
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