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Tokai Blazing Fire Talbo Reissue Electric Guitar Wood Body Silver Japan


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Up for sale, a Tokai Blazing Fire electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. While visually evoking the original aluminum body "Talbo" Tokai model with a silver metalflake finish and mirrored metal pickguard, the Blazing Fire is a wood-bodied reissue which is visually unique and sonically has a range of tones very much in line with a Stratocaster. The trio of single coil pickups are wound fairly hot and provide a range of tonal options similar to what you'd expect from your favorite Fender, with the coils governed by a five-way pickup selector switch. The bridge pickup is sparkly, while the "in-between" positions on the blade switch deliver a thinned out Strat-style quack, and the neck pickup has a harmonically rich sound with great midrange warmth, ideal for fat lead lines. And given the large metal pickguard as a soundboard, this particular Blazing Fire has a top end articulation and note attack specifically derived from the metal guard. Weighing 6lbs 12oz and professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar, this rare Blazing Fire model is dialed in with low action and accurate intonation. The maple neck has a slender and fast-feeling C shaped profile with limited taper up the fretboard, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and graduating to .920” at the 12th. The fretboard is a generous slab of rosewood, and the original medium jumbo frets are pristine with perfectly rounded crowns. Also in familiar Fender territory, the scale length is a full 25 1/2” scale, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16“ in width, providing comfortable string spacing. The slender headstock sports a set of six-on-a-side Kluson-style tuners which hold pitch well. All of the electronics work as they should, with a five-way pickup selector and Master Volume and Tone knobs directing the three hot Strat-style single coil pickups. The mirrored metal pickguard shows minor scuffing in the pick path and light wear around the bridge position single coil in particular, while the chrome on the Strat-style vibrato has plenty of shine with only faint surface patina. The back has a distinctive German Carve which accentuates the fluid lines of the body shape, and cosmetic wear includes light scuffing just south of the four-bolt neck attachment on the edge of the German Carve, one shallow ding on the back, and a couple finish chips on the back tips of the dual body cutaways. The maple neck is quite clean overall with only a few shallow dings on the treble side of the neck profile   A gigbag is included.