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Old 12-21-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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1960's Tokiko Guitar ...?

I found someone selling a Tokiko guitar in my area, apparently built in the 1960's, and want to know if anyone knows anything about this brand, or guitar.

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i used the search bar and google for Tokiko and found nothing of relevence (it seems like its a pretty common japanese name)

any and all info is appreciated
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:13 PM   #2
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It looks rather neat; something that Jack White would use.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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Have you noticed it has a light switch on it?

It looks pretty beast, like an eastwood or summink.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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It looks rather neat; something that Jack White would use.


that's what first drew me too it
unfortunatly its wood, not res-o-glass

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Have you noticed it has a light switch on it?

It looks pretty beast, like an eastwood or summink.


hehe, yea, i imagine thats the pickup selector switch
and, yea i love the look of it, just wish i knew /something/ about the manufacturers, but i guess ill pick it up and then decide how much i like it
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:20 PM   #5
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It looks in amazing nick for being nearly 40

has it been refinished?

also if you can try it and like it who cares?
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:22 PM   #6
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Don't know anything about it, but is there a reason for an inlay on the 14th fret instead of 15th? That would confuse the hell outta me.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:25 PM   #7
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I'd buy it just because it looks so awesome. If it doesn't sound good you could still replace the electronics.

That thing really looks awesome. I'd buy it if it was cheap.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:25 PM   #8
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the seller posted 'just serviced and plays great' as well as 'fully functional and all original'
so i imagine that if it was refinished, then it must have been a previous owner.

and yea, for sure, if i like how it plays and sounds ill buy it no matter who built it, barring nazis.... maybe...
but this guys like an hour drive away from me, and theres snow storms coming so i was just looking for info on the guitar to tide me over maybe a week until i can get out there (damn christmas... :P)
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:26 PM   #9
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Don't know anything about it, but is there a reason for an inlay on the 14th fret instead of 15th? That would confuse the hell outta me.



wtf lol i didnt notice that, thats crazy hahaha
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:35 PM   #10
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #11
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That is one funky looking guitar! Not to my taste but then again, I don't care for Danelectro's, Eastwoods or other retro styles. You can use Guitar Dater Project if you've got the serial number to see more info. How much is it going for?
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:51 PM   #12
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That is one funky looking guitar! Not to my taste but then again, I don't care for Danelectro's, Eastwoods or other retro styles. You can use Guitar Dater Project if you've got the serial number to see more info. How much is it going for?


would the guitar dater project work on a guitar that seemingly just doesn't exist on the internet?

the only instance of Tokiko + Guitar you will find through google is this thread

and as for price, its going pretty ridiculously cheap, which actually makes me worry a bit that it might be a hunk of ****, but it looks cool so ill go check it out.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:53 PM   #13
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Im also worried that i wont be able to set the intonation on that thing. if it turns out that its a good sounding guitar but wont intonate worth **** i might need to install a new bridge (which would officially be my first guitar mod)
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:58 PM   #14
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Lets see...
20 fret Rosewood fretboard
Two single coils with on/off switches.
Looks like it could have a whammy bar
Maybe Mahogany (idk anything about how woods look, it's probably plywood lol)

I would buy it if I were you. I'm a sucker for ancient guitars like that.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:31 PM   #15
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That looks pretty tasty.

Is it a regular size though? The headstock looks a little big compared to the rest.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:47 PM   #16
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good point, thats something i should look in to
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #17
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Cool

Zida, I know your post is several years old, but I am hoping you see this. I have a Tokiko guitar that my father brought home from Viet Nam in the 60's. I have been searching for info on it for many years, and today I found your post. I am unable to see the pics you put up. I was hoping you might have found out more about the guitar, and might be willing to repost your pics. An appraiser labled my guitar a Lokiko, but I couldn't find anything at all with that name. I am afraid to remove the neck to check for a serial #. It hasn't been played in 30+ years and is missing 4 strings. I'm sure it could use a good cleaning and refurb. Thank you!
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