Up for sale, a Tokai Blazing Fire in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, augmented with a pair of DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers. A circa 1990s wood-bodied reissue of the original aluminum body Talbo (short for Tokai aluminum body) model introduced by Tokai in 1982, the double-teardrop design and construction make it one of the more unique guitars to come out of Japan during the ‘80s.
The upgraded pair of DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers are engineered for high gain; with boosted mids, punchy lows, and fat highs, these picups can easily push a tube amp into breakup. Chords are crunchy and chunky, and melodic lines have a searing, white-hot quality that sits great in a mix. This Tokai is featherweight at 6lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the Super Distortions wired to the original full-size Japanese pots and governed by a three-way selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the dome-topped knurled knobs and the vibrato unit with block saddles. The three-ply black pickguard has some light scuffing on the treble side of the strum path. The back of the body sports a distinctive German carve, highlighting the fluid lines of the double teardrop design.
The gloss Blue Metallic finish exhibits only a few small finish chips on the back body perimeter (particularly adjacent to the input jack), some faint finish scratches in the clear coat, and a handful of shallow marks on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the lower bout perimeter. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
A gigbag is included.