Silver Star SS36 review by Tokai

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.3 (7 votes)
Tokai: Silver Star SS36

Price paid: € 600

Purchased from: Forum

Sound — 9
If you play blues, jazz, some rock. This guitar is perfect. Stratocasters are the best guitars for this kind of genre and Tokai has just copied the 76's Strats. I only use DigiTech RP50 modulations, and this guitar sounded great. Very bright at bridge pickups, very fat at the neck. And combine those pickups... killer Strat!!

Overall Impression — 9
Perfect guitar for blues, Jazz, alternative rock, rock. etc... I'd been playing for 15 years and I am still amazed with this Fender copy guitar. If it was stolen, I have to check ebay for auctions. I really love Stratocasters, and planning of getting a real one. But for this Vintage Tokai. I'm keeping it!

Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't played on stage with this guitar yet, but I'm pretty sure of its reliability. Its a 30 year old guitar and all the hardwares are still original. I prefer guitars with ageing finish like my Olympic White Tokai. Actually the finish is yellowing already. Some paint cracks and thats what I like about a Vintage guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Its a 31 year old guitar, the settings are already change. It has the micro tilt neck adjustment. So if you want to make the action really low. Its very much possible. But I haven't change it yet. Of coarse, the nickel plated bridge already oxidized. Very Vintage!

Features — 9
A 1979 Vintage japanese guitar. A very good copy of 1976 Fender Stratocaster. With micro tilt adjustable maple neck, 3 bolt. Rosewood fingerboard, maple neck. Alder body. Olympic white finish. The bridge is a 70'style for strats. 3 Vintage single coils made by Tokai. This guitar was also known as a Fender Lawsuit guitar. Since Tokai copied almost the exact specifications of the 1976 Fenders. The 3 way toggle switch was converted to 5 way. Vintage tuning pegs, with inserts for excess strings.

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    OH MY GOD ALL NINES!!! ALL NINES!!!! A BLASPHEMY!!!!! The review is more than just numbers, plus he called it a perfect guitar. If he had rated it all 10's you'd lose your shit. Seems like a great vintage guitar. I bet it'll be worth a lot someday.
    I just wouldn't agree that a strat is good for jazz... it can be used but it's not the sharpest nife for the wood...
    theido wrote: I just wouldn't agree that a strat is good for jazz... it can be used but it's not the sharpest nife for the wood...
    umm pretty sure people dont use KNIVES to cut wood lol
    I just wouldn't agree that a strat is good for jazz... it can be used but it's not the sharpest nife for the wood...
    Belevie me a stat is very good for jazz Im in a jazz band and my stat dose its job
    as for the guitar nice, looked like it aged like fine wine and not milk
    SilverSpurs616 wrote: Grammar gets rather frustrating with the excessive full-stops... Also, all 9's? No.
    yeah i know...please forgive me...
    I had a Silver Star and also a Springy Sound (ash body). Silly names for very well made guitars of excellent woods and pickups. If you locate either one and it is a real one, grab it if affordable. The Tokais were to Strats what the Burnys were to LPs. Tokai's 'Love Rock' LP was a serious LP copy and may have been almost the same factory as the Burnys.