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1983 Tokai TFV50 1968 Refine Model Flying V Vintage Electric Guitar, Alpine White, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1983 Tokai TFV50 "1968 Refine Model" Flying V in excellent original condition and in perfect working order finished in gloss Alpine White. A very early Tokai model made in Japan and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Tokai has a feel and tonal response in-line with a premium Gibson, featuring a solid mahogany body and neck, and a slab rosewood fingerboard. The natural acoustic tone of the instrument is warm and rich, and the '57 PAF model humbuckers deliver a round and powerful sound, with more cut and sweet growl in the bridge position, and a thick, broad sound at the neck. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 8oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and ideal substance, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The stock medium jumbo frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a Tokai-etched truss rod cover and genuine Kluson Deluxe double line, double ring tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with transparent keystone buttons. The "50" sticker on the back of the headstock is original, denoting the model tier.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to 1983. Both pickups retain their PAF waterslide decals on the baseplates too. The hardware includes an ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar with bright chrome plating, and plastics include a white three-ply pickguard with some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side, and a set of original gold reflector cap knobs. The gloss Alpine White finish shows light, graceful yellowing with a spot of light buckle rash central to the back, and a few additional minor nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the body tips. There is finish checking at the neck joint (purely cosmetic) and the gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

A form-fit padded Ritter gigbag is included.