Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

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Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by DriesSD » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:19 am

Hello,

Since a few years I have already a great ST80 with maple neck that I love. I know a ST80 RW neck for sale somewhere but it deviates a bit from how a usual 80 would look like imo.

- Body is stamped ST80 and GS in neck pickup route
- No neck plate serial number
- pickups are E stamped
- Skunk stripe RW veneer neck with allen key trussrod
- Neck has printed stamp '8' on the heel
- cant see stamp '80' after the last fret on the boafd
- Back of neck at heel there is a serial number printed: 8000771

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Could this be a real ST80?

Thanks!
Dries

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by villager » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:02 am

the body is tokai.. the neck not so sure..

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by felixcatus » Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:34 am

villager wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:02 am
the body is tokai.. the neck not so sure..
Why? Looks (early) '78 standard genuine to me?

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by villager » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:34 am

edit just spotted the 80 stamp so all ok..

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by DriesSD » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:14 am

Shouldn't it have a '80' stamp in the fretboard?

How about the 7 digit serial number at the back of the neck instead of the neckplate?

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by felixcatus » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:21 am

DriesSD wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:14 am
Shouldn't it have a '80' stamp in the fretboard?

How about the 7 digit serial number at the back of the neck instead of the neckplate?
No stamp on fretboard, 7 digit (first digit '8' stands for 1978) serial number at back of heel, small neckplate (from looking at the photo? OP?), all is normal for an early 1978 Springy production model.

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by villager » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:46 am

i think i see a stamp!! lol

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by felixcatus » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:24 am

villager wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:46 am
i think i see a stamp!! lol
Your eyes are better than mine, I don't see it? :wink:

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Re: Identify 79-80 Tokai ST-80

Post by Peter Mac » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:37 am

Hi guys,

with the serial number, they were stamped like this until SN 8002200.
It was not till after SN 8003100, that fingerboard impressions and neck plate stamps were used.
This, to me, looks legit - very early 1978 ST80
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