Tokai facts, theory, photos & ID thread

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  1. ZoSo1974

    ZoSo1974 Junior Member

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    Nice... would be great if I could find their products in europe... I live in Italy, and shipping costs could be a problem... now I check, thanks!!! :dude:
     
  2. Grenville

    Grenville Senior Member

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    Faber Parts products originate in Europe and are available there. I think @golfredo might know something about this.
     
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    .... does this kit in the link I am providing have the Aluminum tailpiece?


    Yes! Faber tailpieces are made from aluminum
     
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    I have the chance to buy a Tokai lc110 from either 81 or 82. It's got a headstock repair, which seems to be done right as i can't even see it on the pics. Seller says it's missing a serial number, either due to the repair and refinish or factory oversight.

    What would be the approx value of such guitar? I saw one that was sold for $2,800 a few years back but it did not have a headstock repair. Thanks for any info!
     
  8. Rock City

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    Last year I bought LS50 from 1980.
    It came from Slovenia (I am from Serbia) and I didn't have a chance to try it before buying. But I read a lot about it before and the price was like average Gibson LP Studio.
    It has 4.3 kg, in great condition and pretty wide neck. Came all stock and in a meantime I had to change vol pots so I put CTS 500k linear. I also had to make pot holes wider since Japan pots have narrower shafts.
    Pickups were Goto PAF (8.2k and 7.71k) and pretty average so they had to get out.
    The replacement is Seymour Duncan Whole lotta set and sounds great. Real improvement for 37+ old lady.
    Had some blur thoughts to sell it and get old Gibson, but one owner of an old Custom told me not to do that since he never played such big neck and such great LP for 700 euros which I payed for. So I am pretty sure it is a keeper.
    Neck seems like two-part glued sandwich-style.
    Pics below with Goto PAFs (cream hex) and Wholle lotta (zebra).
    I am sorry for the links instead of pics, I am not skilled enough to do that.


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  9. El Greco

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    Looks a lot better with the double cream, but I guess it sounds a lot better with the Duncans!

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  10. TruckstopChuckie

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    Hi, I need you gentlemen to help me out. I'm going to have a look at a Tokai EX-105 tomorrow, possible NGD. Seller is a trustworthy guy that I've done deals with before (he bought my ObG '57 a couple of months ago, and have, or at least used to have, a respectable amount of semi-hi-end and vintage MIJ 'G' replicas), so there's no doubt this being a great axe, I just want more info about it. If it's possible.

    It's a newer MIJ Tokai EX-105 (2011) . Stock pickups have been swapped out for a pair of SD, SH-1 and SH-4. I love the SH-1 and it is my go-to-budget-neck-humbucker, but have limited experience with the SH-4 in G-style guitars, though I think it works very well in Strats. Pickups are easily replaceable, so that's not an issue.

    It's also been refretted with medium jumbo frets recently, though I don't know if that's a part of the seller's preference or if the original frets where worn down. Might ask him about it tomorrow, though it's not an issue as longs as the frets that's on it now are playable and don't need a million dollar fret job.

    Price is, if it's a EX-105 and not a lower series, really a no-brainer as it is fairly lower than what a new Epiphone 'Limited' Korina 58 Explorer would cost (new). I assume this would hold up nice against a Gibson (we'll see, I do remember how my '76 Gibson Explorer reissue felt like). It's suppose to be a one-piece body, and not a 3-4-5-6 piece with front and back veneer, as it is with the Epi's.

    So, on to the pics. Two-screw TRC should at least point in the direction of being MIJ and not MIC.... Haven't asked for serial number, but not sure if it actually has one or not. At least it hasn't got a serial stamped at the back of the headstock, though it might have one in one of the pickup cavities..., who knows?

    Thoughts about the neck profile is also welcome, all though I'm going to experience the profile for myself tomorrow.

    Other than it SCREAMS for pickup covers, it looks pretty good. :)

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  11. TruckstopChuckie

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    Well, well. I guess it’s either not very interesting, or maybe a rare bird that noone knows anything about. :)
    Either way it’s a great guitar that I just had to bring back home.

    Will bring more to the table, a NGD thread, soon.

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    Odd that it seems to have a Nashville bridge. Was that a replacement? I always go in the opposite direction TBH. Hate Nashvilles. Looks like a great Explorer. Just needs pickup covers ;)
     
  13. TruckstopChuckie

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    Well, it’s not quite a Nashville, as the guitar’s got the small ABR-style studs and not the bigger Nashville inserts. Gotoh hardware, BTW.

    Working on the pickup cover part. :) Looking for a place to get some neat aged ones.
     
  14. Chris Etherington

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    Can any one help Identify this guitar that I own?
    it is a strange thing to say the least. I have changed the control knobs for those pictured however look at the arrangment of knobs!
    I have uploaded 4 pics to help identify the blighter.
    Thanks for any info it will be greatly appreciated.

    For the record it is not a particularly great sounding guitar even with new strings and Gibson Burstbuckers pups fitted. It has CTS pots fitted and CDE Orange drop Capacitors it still sounds 'flat'. Some guitars just do not cut the mustard.
     

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  15. brokentoeswalker

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    You have a 2003 Made in Korea at the Dillon factory unauthorized by Tokai for the Canadian market guitar. They are commonly referred to as Fakai's. They made them for a few years, then disappeared. What the true story is regarding these is anyone's guess by now.
     
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  16. Chris Etherington

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    Thanks for the info' much appreciated. Are there any spec's for them. i.e. What its made from etc?
     
  17. brokentoeswalker

    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    You'll find some info on them starting on page 2 of this very thread if you've not seen it. A google of "fakai" would probably get the most variety.

    I hope you didn't get too spendy with this one
     
  18. bluesriffdev

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    Hi all, just wondering if the original tokais from the holy grail of 1979 - 83 use actual brass powder like Gibson did? I've noticed the colour is slightly off on some of them and they don't seem to show the oxidisation that the Gibsons do - not that that's a bad thing.
     
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    Great info, the early 80s Tokais are some og the best guitars around.
     
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