1982 Tokai SS-60 OWR - 1966 Strat Copy
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Tokai Silver Star models are known as copies of big headstock, three-bolt neck 70’s Strats. However, there was a version made for a short time that had the big headstock and four-bolt neck made as a copy of the 1966 Stratocaster, the 1982 SS-60.
Unlike a typical Silver Star model, in addition to the four-bolt neck the truss rod is adjusted at the bottom of the neck, it has vintage Kluson style tuners and its serial number is not on the headstock but rather on the neck plate, all as would a ’66 Strat. The logo also differs with a gold fill and black outline and ‘Silver Star’ written in small-caps as would be found on a Springy Sound. The body itself is routed like a Springy Sound rather than a Silver Star with the recesses for the pickup screws. Pickups are ‘U’ stamp ST Vintage Mk II.
The model appears in the 1982 catalog and is not in the 1984 catalog. I can’t locate a 1983 catalog, so not sure if it was offered only for one year or at most two. This guitar has a 1981 serial number, is in excellent condition and appears all original.
This Tokai model seems to be quite rare.
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