Up for sale, a 1980's Tokai Custom Edition model SJ503 electric guitar in near mint condition and in perfect working order. An early Tokai iteration with a more Fender-esque headstock shape, this rare Japanese-made Superstrat was made at the Matsumoku factory and features an HSS pickup configuration, locking tremolo, and custom color gloss pink finish. Tokai is known for making finely crafted iterations of favored USA models, and this Superstrat model is no exception. The tonewood complement includes a solid basswood body, one-piece maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, ensuring a smooth, balanced natural acoustic response. The HSS pickup array is coupled to a traditional five-way blade pickup selector switch for a range of bold, sparkling sounds well-suited to snappy cleans and focused, high-gain crunch. The guitar weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The thick rosewood veneer is a dark, tight-grained cut, featuring a 12” radius, mini dot inlay, and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays effortlessly up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2”, and the locking nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features the original black set of tuning machines that turn smoothly. The original "50" model sticker is present just above the four-bolt neck plate.
On the body, the stock electronics function as intended, with the trio of pickups wired to a five-way blade selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The single coils each measure 6k ohms, while the bridge meters a scorching 18k ohms. The Floyd Rose-style locking tremolo actuates easily for deep divebombs and quick flutters, showing light surface patina on the bright chrome plating. The gloss pink finish shows light yellowing in the clear coat, with a hint of the original hue where the forearm crosses the lower bout. Cosmetic wear on the body is limited to a couple stray marks on the body horns, and a bit of pick scuffing on the treble side of the one-ply pickguard. The gloss finish on the neck profile sports a few faint marks that are not distracting to the palm.
The original fitted faux leather gigbag is included.