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1968 Tokai Gakki Hummingbird Vintage Electric Guitar Black 100% Original, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1968 Tokai Gakki Hummingbird model 200S vintage electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Purportedly the first electric guitar model ever offered by Tokai (in both 100S and 200S versions) and a rare instrument indeed, this Japanese-made Hummingbird has a number of visual and sonic influences, synthesizing Mosrite, Burns and Fender for a wholly unique result. This guitar offers plenty of single coil spank in the bridge position, with a warm, smooth neck pickup sound, and a slightly darker “Rhythm Circuit” that operates exactly like a Jazzmaster, introducing a neck pickup-exclusive dark tone cap and bypassing the three-way pickup selector and pair of knobs, with its own Volume and Tone rollers on the lower bout. This Hummingbird weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The multi-piece maple neck has a slender D-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full shoulders in every register and notable heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which have decent meat and show zero wear, playing cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale. The fretboard measures 1.650" wide at the zero fret just forward of the nut, and the headstock retains the original tuners. These tuners, while modest in their design, work surprisingly well, even when giving the vibrato arm a healthy wiggle.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a modern three-way pickup selector switch and small amber V and T-topped knobs on the Volume and Tone controls. The bridge features spiral saddles for smooth vibrato use, and the simple Bigsby-style vibrato has a long arm and large diameter spring with a remarkably quick response. Truly, this vibrato is utterly unique in its touch-sensitivity, and it flutters like few we’ve ever encountered. It’s a remarkable beast and can sound very vibrato pedal-esque in the consistency and speed of the pitch return. The yellowed pearloid pickguard matches the body's extreme contours, and there is uniform patina across the chrome plating on the hardware. The Black gloss finish accents the deep German Carve on the body edges, and cosmetic wear is limited to various scuffs and nicks largely relegated to the back, with a couple finish chips on the body perimeter.