Tokai 335 copy

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by theanalogdream, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. theanalogdream

    theanalogdream Supporting Member

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    hey all,
    this is my second thread start on the gear page...woohoo!
    My friend from High School bought a tokai 335 with a bigsby and wants to get rid of it now. I kind of liked the guitar, I will have to pick it up and try it out again but I thought I would ask if it would be worth my money to buy it from him. I have heard mixed reactions about tokais and since it is a hollowbody I think it would be a reason to be more careful about it. The pickups in it are crap (EMG non active...maybe for metal I guess....but who plays metal?...sorry) I would probably replace them with Lindy Fralin humbuckers. Now the things Im concerned about are
    1) are Tokai's decent and solid in the long run?
    2) will the bisby pose a problem to its stability?
    3)For replacement pickups (If I do get it...) what is the difference between "PAF" style humbuckers and normal ones? sorry for my ignorance Im just more of a fender guy...

    If someone could let me know it would be awesome! Thanks guys

    p.s. I could probably get it for about 3-4 hundred.
     
  2. readymade

    readymade Supporting Member

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    Any idea where it was made? The Japanese ones are highly regarded, though I have no direct experience with them. And if it's MIJ, and you can get it for 300-400 bills, DO IT.
     
  3. Mudder

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    Made in Japan for $3-400 would be a steal. They sell for around a grand otherwise. Korean made are all over the board in quality though.
     
  4. theanalogdream

    theanalogdream Supporting Member

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    How do you find out? I looked at it again this afternoon and there are no serial numbers or markings...
     
  5. ultra

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    This is a MIJ Tokai ES130. It should have an orange oval sticker in the bass side "f" hole. It would also have the Gibson "open book" headstock.

    This the desirable on and they sell for about $1000

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  6. daddyo

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    That's a stunning guitar.
     
  7. indravayu

    indravayu Senior Member

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    Tokais? Blechh...they're terrible!! Tell you what, I will take it off your hands for $100, just so you don't have to sully yourself throwing it in the trash!

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    - Chris
     
  8. IndieHead

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    in the tokai forums, there has been talk about Tokai/Edwards being made in China and assembled in Japan. As long as it is 60% made in Japan, they deem it to be.
     
  9. SHM

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    Just got this one about four weeks ago. Made in Japan with Duncan59. I play mosly Fender, but I love this one. Big fat mahogny neck. I would go for the Tokai if it made in Japan. Sorry for the bad pic.

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  10. 12guitdown

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    If it's MIJ, It'll have "this!"
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  11. HRydarcik

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    I got mine about two months ago...awesome guitar...its a lefty ES 120 and a plaintop which I prefer in a 335!

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    Here you can say the inked in 'Made in Japan'

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