Now there are 4! - with images of dissemble and clean up ...

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Now there are 4! - with images of dissemble and clean up ...

Post by patchel » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:34 pm

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.... The one that is third from the left is the new one. It is a TST-56 with a blond finish. It looks a lot like all the three Olympic White ones.
Left to right ... Probably a, AST-56, has a new decal (the Springy Sound one from e-bay, I bought it that way) , AST 56 "Bitsa" I put together from parts, The newest one, a Blonde TST-56, body and neck stampings match, and my old beat up TST-56 that has a TST 62 body on it, in OW. ... This Blonde TST is my latest purchase is my closest to a replacement for my original TST yet. I bought it on EBAY. I'll share some images soon. It needed a pickup, ( I had to use a "U" the rest are "E"s, and I had to replace the bridge. I used my Tokai bridge, but it's missing the "Final Prospec" saddles. When I bought my TST, they had metalic red and blue, ad a creamy olympic white. I have seen a few with a see thru finish now. Since my body has the right stampings, I believe it to be original. I am not sure why some TST-56 have a see thru finish, and others are solid, but they are my favorite!



More images from the clean up .... I thought it was Olympic White, but it really is Blonde ...

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You can just see the grain in this image. I think Some TST-56s had opaque and when I bought my original in 1984, they had solid red, white, or blue ..
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Here's the body after a quick polish with Maguires and a clean up with Dunlop spray polish ...

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Came missing one of the E's the Dimarzio did sound good ...I had a U that I installed and sounds quite nice.

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Tokai never did bury the decal in lacquer, but they are still pretty.
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The neck cleaned up with Meguires and a tittle chrome polish on the frets .. I did a repair to the nut with baking soda and crazy glue, so far it worked great and it's invisible.
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Body Stamp ( it matched the neck ... yea! )
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Here is is , bolted together, I pulled out the folded up string pack used a a shim, and sanded down a very thin piece of maple veneer ( About 10 / 1000's) The bridge was not right, and I had a Tokai laying around, so I used it. I have Fender Pat Pend. saddles ordered, since it's impossible to find FINAL PROSPEC units.
Waiting final assembly ...


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Post by brokentoes » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:58 pm

I'm seein' double double vision. Nice guitars !!

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Post by marcusnieman » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:39 am

I used to do that...... never had to explain a new guitar to the missus.

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Post by bluejeannot » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:22 am

Funny Marcus :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by patchel » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:53 pm

Thanks for the looks !

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Add Two More .....

Post by patchel » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:14 am

Here are two that I bought from RINKYA !

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But I thing the Maple one is a late 84 / 85 ...

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Post by iainblack » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:09 pm

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Very Impressive! All Tokais? ... This makes 9 for me !

Post by patchel » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:45 am

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Am I there yet?

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WOW!!!

Post by patchel » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:51 am

That's a nice collection. You have me beat ! I think I have 8 Tokais, 6 USA Strats, and 1 mexican Strat. I need to line them all up in the sun and take a pic like that. Impressive !

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Post by iainblack » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:37 am

Patchel, I don't have any US Strats by 1 Jap, I Mexican. With 6.5 Tokais. A lot of Squiers so I think you edge me on quality :-)
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Post by 3rdstone » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:45 am

A thread filled with gorgeous strats, I assumed. Well, it was indeed, but unfortunately revived by another f*****g spambot.
"What, another one? But for God's sake why, they all look the same?!!"

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Post by jonah65 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:24 am

Best one they've revived yet though, great to see these Strats again. :lol:

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