Identified: Fresher FSV-380

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yubsesperat
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Identified: Fresher FSV-380

Post by yubsesperat » Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:55 pm

I have been tryin to identify this one. It has no decals but there are several clues that hint this might be a Tokai, but I could be wrong though. Kindly chime in if youve got some info on it.

The tuners have the single line "DELUXE" stamped on the back and the dome-ish top on the shafts, identical to the Tokais:

"Deluxe" stamped on the back of the tuners
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Dome-ish tuner shaft ends
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The knobs are the small font type, also identical to Tokais:

Knobs
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I know the DM-50 and DM-30 are Gotoh Japan commonly used on MIJ guitars but ive never encountered this DM-50 "3" until.now.

Switch DM 50-3
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It weirded me out because it was a 5 way switch that has middle positions but never really like a usual 5 way switch. The middle positions arent "FIXED" and the in between positions 4 and 2 could somehow be randomly accessed.

I couldnt find anything online, except a comment on a forum saying he had a switch exactly like that on his Tokai:

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It has the undeniably Japanese Green "Chicklet" capacitor and Noble pots, which Ive later found out were Japanese too.

Electronics 1
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Electronics 2
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Noble Potentiometers
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The pickups are ceramic although surprisingly good sounding. I could not see a sample of a Tokai with same-color wires.

Pickup Bottom Ceramics
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The saddles are unmarked. I could give it a benefit of the doubt that they might have been replaced, like most old strats have. But feels like the current saddles and bridge have come together.

Bridge is a two-piece assembly, with the Full-size ZINC block removable from the plate (unlike the early cheap bridge assemblies where they are one piece).

Bridge Assembly
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Bridge Saddles
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Tremblock
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Routing is generally CLEAN. Very similar to Tokai routing (slope on the control cavity, like other Tokai made Fernandes). The Candy Apple Red paint seems really well-done.

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Body Front
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It does not have a serial on the neck plate

Body Back
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Appreciate your help
Last edited by yubsesperat on Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.

yubsesperat
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Re: Help in Identifying this Guitar

Post by yubsesperat » Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:52 pm

It appears that Fernandes Revivals used the SAME tuners.

Probably the Tokai factory connection?

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Re: Help in Identifying this Guitar

Post by mdvineng » Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:32 am

The concave curve after the nut and before the tuners is a Tokai signature. I'm not sure if others used it but it's not common.

Neck pocket pictures would help.
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Re: Identified: Fresher FSV-380

Post by Sigmania » Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:55 am

So you figured it out? Fresher Straighter?

The title of this thread changed so am assuming you did.

Congratulations.
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