Up for sale, a circa 1990s Tokai Blazing Fire in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A 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 distinctive guitars to come out of Japan in any era.
This Blazing Fire has a bright, chiming acoustic profile faithfully translated by the stock trio of single coil pickups, which deliver a bevy of Strat-esque tonalities via the five-way pickup selector switch. There’s plenty of sparkle and treble cut on tap, with round, bell-like clarity in the neck position, and hollow-out quack at the in-between positions. This Tokai weighs 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile with lightly rolled fretboard edges and modest shoulders, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .885” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay and medium jumbo fretwire that has well-rounded crowns, only showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width, and on the headstock, the Klusons-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All the electronics work as intended, with the trio of single coil pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. Hardware includes the dome-topped knurled knobs and vibrato with block saddles, all with notably clean chrome plating.
The back of the body sports a distinctive German carve, highlighting the fluid lines of the double teardrop design. The gloss Silver finish is accented by a one-ply mirrored pickguard, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of dings along the body perimeter, primarily concentrated on the lower bout, a small nick on top central to the lower bout, and a small chip at the treble-side cutaway horn. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A gigbag is included.