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1980s Tokai Breezysound TTE Vintage T-Style Electric Guitar Black, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980s Tokai Breezysound in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Made in Japan between 1985-87, this Tokai is a faithful, high-quality take on the classic Fender Telecaster platform, sporting an all-Black finish with matching headstock, accented by gold-plated hardware.

The tonewood complement consists of an alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard, delivering a balanced and smooth natural acoustic quality. The single coil pickups offer a range of classic Tele-style tones; the neck pickup has a bell-like quality and good midrange cut, the bridge position has a chewy twang and snap, and engaging both pickups results in a chiming, focused sound. This Breezysound weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more additional heft and roundness further up the fretboard, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .985” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire has ostensibly benefitted from a level and crown in this instrument’s lifetime, exhibiting no wear. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports a Tokai waterslide decal with mid-’80s Tokai script, and the Kluson-style single line Tokai Deluxe tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

The electronics all function as intended, with full-size Noble pots and a green chiclet tone cap. The pickups are governed by a three-way selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The gold-plated knurled knobs and control plate have a faint dusting of patina, and the screws and strap buttons are also gold. The bridge has been replaced with a genuine Fender Japan “Pat. Pend” six-saddle variety. Plastics comprise the three-play black pickguard and '50s-style switch tip.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a number of minor nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the perimeter, as well as a small cluster of dings on the bass-side upper bout on top. There's a small area of finish wear adjacent to the input jack on the back, and very limited buckle worming on the back central to the waist. The smooth matching gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless, with a scant few faint marks along the profile length that are imperceptible to the palm while fretting.

The original faux leather gigbag is included.