Tokai Stratocaster silver star "RI 72"
Tokai Stratocaster silver star "RI 72"
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fred-paris 10/04/2012

Tokai Stratocaster silver star "RI 72" : fred-paris's user review

«  Better than most of the original CBS »

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"Made in Japan" at a time when people were visibly attention to the quality of what they produced. The quality of the assembly body / neck is incomparable to the horrors produced by Fender guitars with its three assembly screws. I know what I'm talking about because I had some strat 70s.

The handle on mine is slightly V then thins and flattens as it approaches the body. The nut is rather narrow (42-43mm 39mm against a U.S.) but playing, you do not realize it because the profile of the neck is really nice.
The frets are fine and have been planned on my Tokai no buzz, no dead spot on the bends, it is nickel.

Mine is a gray métalissée. It is worn at the forearm and you can see the wood. It could be ash, but the guitar is lightweight (3.5 kg).


The handle is easy to play, with a patina of varnish which gives a very vintage side to this strat.
The original pickups are pretty good (gray coils) and I do not see the need to change anything on this guitar.
Mine is mounted 10-52 in Eb. The sound is superb without being too slammed as is sometimes the case with maple keys.


It is a strat, so we can all play with this instrument. I plugged into a Fender Bandmaster Reverb 1973 (head + cab 212) and this is the strat I have in mind. It also works well with crunch sounds or more saturated on my Marshall or my Mesaboogie.

Otherwise, plugged directly into the Mac, it can record without background noise with garageband.


I have a dozen strat suddenly it's not the one I play the most, but it has been a time when I had less instruments. I thought about selling it and I realized that the price of these jewels had climbed since my purchase. If some "buyers" remained on the prices of the 2000s, in 10 years, it has been multiplied by two. This is not a bad investment: a vintage guitar that you can really play and take in concert without incurring a fortune and should not be a problem for resale if you want to buy another instrument in a few years.