Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987
Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987

Tokai Custom Edition TST50 Mermaid Green 1987

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Tokai Custom Edition Strat style, refinished to green metallic flake, made in Japan circa 1987. Here's a pretty special piece! This one arrived with a pretty questionable coat of 'fiesta red' over the original white, so we enlisted our local guitar finishing specialist to give it a new lease on life. It's been stripped in refinished in an extraordinary coat of green metallic flake: heck, it looks absolutely superb in the shop and will surely look even better on stage. It's a thin, high quality poly topcoat over flake and a black base... superbly cool, surely. Tokai's Custom Edition line is a bit mysterious; it only pops up in the catalogs briefly in 1987 approx without a lot of supporting details. The consensus seems to be that these were made-to-order or limited run type offerings, made with 70s style appointments and built to an outrageously high standard. The neck on this is crazy: it's a slim C style shape, quatersawn maple with gorgeous concentric grain, paired with a gorgeous open-pore dark choc rosewood board... yum. It feels incredible too, there's just something about it in the hands. The body is light and resonant too, it's got a really sweet liveliness to it even before you plug it in. The tone is great too: heaps of bark and attack, bitey and sizzling on the bridge and middle pickups or thick and creamy on the neck, always with plenty of definition and a natural fatness. We've dubbed this the 'Mermaidcaster', so I'll leave you with some spooky classic T.S. Eliot: “I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.”

Model: Tokai Custom Edition TST50
Made: Japan, 1987 approx (no serial on these, dated by catalog)
Finish: green flake over black
Body: alder 
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Weight: 3.555kg
Mods: refinished by Wellwood Guitars (Hobart Australia)
Pickups: Tokai 'Standard Vintage Alnico' single coil x3
Case: none

Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimples on the end and bottom edge. Neck is nice and clean, no major marks, just a few dimples on the back. The body is freshly painted as noted, so it's presently free from marks. Overall: excellent condition (7/10)

Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets are in great shape, minor wear only, 9/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.

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