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1978 Tokai Springy Sound Vintage ST42 S-Style Electric Guitar Sunburst 100% Original w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1978 Tokai Springy Sound ST42 YS electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the more storied vintage Japanese Strat-style guitars, the Springy Sound models were celebrated upon their introduction for being a faithful, high-quality spin on the classic Fender platform, even finding their way into the hands of players like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Billy Gibbons.

Produced from 1978-83, this first-year Springy Sound has a 1950's aesthetic and tonal profile with a small Pre-CBS style headstock shape, single-ply pickguard, gloss three-tone Sunburst finish, and the tonewood pairing of a one-piece maple neck and Sen Ash body. The body wood ensures a distinctive note attack and midrange heft, and the maple board gives the guitar ideal treble snap and definition. The trio of gray bobbin alnico magnet single coil pickups have a chewy cut and sparkle, with a round-sounding neck pickup and plenty of bite and sparkle in the bridge position. The pickups each meter just under 6k ohms. Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this Tokai has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action.

The maple neck has an effortless, medium C-shaped profile with slight shoulders, gaining a bit more heft as you travel up the fingerboard and measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The fretboard retains the original slender fretwire which shows light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-10, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The frets have plenty of meat, and the guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with a responsive truss rod. The instrument matches traditional Fender spec with a 25 1/2“ scale length, 7 1/4” fretboard radius, and a 1 5/8” wide nut. On the headstock, the Tokai waterslide decal is extremely clean with spaghetti-style “Tokai” script and text which reads “This is the Exact Replica of the Good Old Strat” where one would typically expect to see the small patent numbers under the model name, stating Tokai's intent of producing a vital, soulful iteration of this classic Fender platform. The stock set of tuners are intact, similar in shape to Fender’s “F” tuning machines, turning smoothly and holding pitch well.

All of the stock electronics work as they should, with the Strat's Volume/Tone/Tone configuration, a five-way pickup selector switch, and trio of gray bobbin alnico magnet single coil pickups. The knobs and pickups covers show uniform yellowing, while the one-ply pickguard is still bright white. All of the original hardware is intact, and the chrome plating shows faint surface patina. Further emphasizing Tokai’s attention to detail, the saddles are individually Tokai-branded in true vintage-spec fashion. Cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffing in the pick path with some requisite minor dings and finish scuffs mostly relegated to the body parameter on the YS (Yellow Sunburst) gloss finish. The gloss on the neck profile is smooth to the palm, with natural playwear on the fretboard edges and just a few minuscule marks which are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.