Up for sale, a 1982 Tokai Breezysound TE-60 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This exceedingly rare, non-catalog HH iteration of the Breezysound platform (Tokai’s take on the Telecaster) was produced in Japan, virtually unseen both inside and outside of its country of origin. Unique features include a pair of PAF-style humbuckers, a vintage Strat-style vibrato, a deep belly contour, and a Black gloss finish with matching headstock.
Tonewoods include an ash body and maple neck capped by a rosewood fretboard. Acoustically, this guitar has a clear, cutting sound with midrange authority, qualities channeled faithfully via the stock pair of PAF-style humbuckers. The pickups are dynamically responsive and articulate, with warm, spongey low end and a singing treble register, ideal for detailed cleans and rich overdrive alike. This Breezysound weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape with well-rounded crowns, only showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. This Breezysound plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1.650” in width. The matching Black headstock sports a Tokai Breezysound decal from the “7okai” era (late ‘70s to early “80s), mirroring Fender's aesthetic, and the Kluson-style “Deluxe”-stamped tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. Just above the four-bolt neck plate, the small “60” sticker is still present, designating both the model number and original price (¥60,000) of the instrument.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the humbuckers wired to the stock harness and full-size pots dating to April, 1982, governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The hardware is clean, including the dome-topped knurled knobs and the vintage Strat-style vibrato which anchors with six screws and features “Tokai” embossed block saddles.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a handful of minor dings and chips along the body perimeter, a patch of buckle rash on the back adjacent to the belly contour, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.