The Tokai husk finished

Roxy13

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Ok, finally got a few decent pics of it today although I don't want to shrink them all down to fit on the forum. But, here is one.

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From top to bottom:

Gotoh SG381-04 tuners
Plain truss rod cover
Sigil vintage Chicago 68 Bluesman pickups
Creamtone tall rings and wide beveled pickguard
PTL US spec bridge with locking 6-32 posts
Gotoh locking aluminum TP
Black knobs with gold reflectors and pointers
Harness:
550k VIPots
Sprague NOS 196P 400V 0.022uF caps
Switchcraft long toggle and jack with vintage braided wire
50's wiring
 

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For those who never saw the before pics...

It arrived with the routing for the pickup cavities and control/switch cavities. It did have holes for the pot shafts and the TP bushings, but no other holes were drilled. The frets had been installed and clipped flush to the ends of the binding, but nothing else. The holes for the tuner shafts were done on the headstock, but not for the backs. The nut was just cut and sanded to fit the slot and some fine starter slots were there for bass E to B. Nothing for treble e, so it was not much better than starting from a blank.

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Beautiful job, Audrey! I know drilling those bridge post holes must have kept you up at night. You did it!
I checked them like 30x before I finally stuck it in the drill press :rofl:

From start to finish I spent like 24 hours on it before the bridge posts finally went in! And talked to 2 of the luthiers here before I finally pulled the trigger.
 

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You're keeping this one?
I would. At least for a while, until something different came along...
 

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I like the way it's a hybrid critter, with some Japanese parts and a few American ones. Very cosmopolitan.
 

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Nice job!
I have to get my 2 unfinished Tokai's finished and redone as well at some point.
 

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Nice! So it wasn't stripped, it was a Tokai that left the factory unfinished for some reason?
 

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Nice! So it wasn't stripped, it was a Tokai that left the factory unfinished for some reason?
Apparently. No serial number on it either, but has the Made In Japan stamp.
 




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