Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Music stores and pawn shops where Tokai guitars have been spotted for sale. New or used.

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by zbillster » Thu May 05, 2022 9:38 am

Sigmania wrote:
Thu May 05, 2022 7:39 am
This is good stuff. I met George Gruhn at his shop in Nashville in 1991
I'm tempted to do a road trip to Nashville and hit ALL the cool vintage shops!

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by Sigmania » Thu May 05, 2022 11:01 am

The Greco with the Roland unit is classic late 70s design with on board circuitry. Wolf to see. Rare bird.
That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB50R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by zbillster » Thu May 05, 2022 11:21 am

Sigmania wrote:
Thu May 05, 2022 11:01 am
The Greco with the Roland unit is classic late 70s design with on board circuitry. Wolf to see. Rare bird.
I do believe those guitars were Fuji-gen made? I was half-expecting to see Robert Fripp behind it in a skinny-tie suit, sitting on a stool.

I may be thinking of the earlier gen ones:
https://youtu.be/ceXOSSlf6XY

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by Sigmania » Thu May 05, 2022 11:34 am

Yes. Fujigen built.
That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB50R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by guitar hiro » Thu May 05, 2022 12:43 pm

When I met George Gruhn at the 1988 Dallas show it was a chance meeting and I had no idea who the guy was at that time.
I was walking around the Dallas Convention Center with an old beat up guitar case that looked like it was about to fall apart.
This guy walks up to me and asked, "What do you have in the case?" I replied to his question and asked if he knew anything about this model of guitar. Gruhn replied, "it would make a good boat anchor." We parted ways and I noticed the guy walked over to a vendor set-up labeled with the Gruhn Guitars logo.
A couple of years later I was reading a guitar magazine and I noticed an article with Gruhn pictured in the article. That is when I realized it was George Gruhn that I met in Dallas in 1988 that told me my guitar would make a good boat anchor.
To be honest, the guitar would have floated if I were to have ever thrown it in a lake or other body of water.
I never forgot Gruhn's reply to me and first impressions do go a long way. My impression of George is he is pretty much full of himself.
Towards the later years of the 1990s I noticed that Gruhn had the very same model of guitar in his inventory that I was carrying around at the Dallas show in 1988. I guess the moral of the story is if you can make a buck by selling a boat anchor then why not?

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by zbillster » Thu May 05, 2022 2:37 pm

guitar hiro wrote:
Thu May 05, 2022 12:43 pm
I never forgot Gruhn's reply to me and first impressions do go a long way. My impression of George is he is pretty much full of himself.
I was watching a YouTube video of Gruhn talking about vintage guitars, with one rarity on his lap.
He kept rapping his heavy-ass finger rings on it. STOP!

I was hauling a guitar around last weekend's show (Pelham Blue Les Paul) and a couple of vendors gave me the "it's a nice player" line = talking about a girl and saying she has "a nice personality." :roll:

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by ampmaker » Fri May 06, 2022 3:01 am

For a lot of dealers, the only thing that matters is the ability to buy and sell quickly. Back in the '80s, I'm not surprised that they only wanted the cliche-classics and dismissed anything else out of hand.

Times change though, and there are far more buyers and collectors, and no more of the cliche-classics to go around. :)

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by guitar hiro » Fri May 06, 2022 6:43 am

ampmaker wrote:
Fri May 06, 2022 3:01 am
For a lot of dealers, the only thing that matters is the ability to buy and sell quickly. Back in the '80s, I'm not surprised that they only wanted the cliche-classics and dismissed anything else out of hand.

Times change though, and there are far more buyers and collectors, and no more of the cliche-classics to go around. :)

I believe the points you hit are all dead on target IMO. :)

The guitar I was carrying around at the 1988 Dallas show was a guitar I purchased in 1980 from a pawn shop in Bossier City, La.
The guitar was assembled in the USA in the mid 1960s, was not a well known model but it was a fantastic guitar.
I owned the guitar for over twenty years and sold the guitar in late 2001 for five times what I originally paid for it. Nothing like getting your money back plus an additional four times that. :D

If the exact example were offered today in the same condition it would likely go for a minimum ten times what I paid for it in 1980.

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Re: Tokai finds at the Dallas Guitar Show 2022

Post by zbillster » Wed May 11, 2022 9:50 pm

Trogly did a video of the show with the photo dump I sent him. Of course, he got the show name wrong and some other details, which I mentioned in the comments. :oops:

https://youtu.be/2wE0ClJufp8

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