Further complicating identification of origin; many of the parts Japanese guitars were built from, (pickups, tailpieces, bridges, etc...) were sub-contracted to smaller "contract houses" that specialized in making one part.Often, the companies bought their parts from the same contractors.If you are already a Gordon Smith owner and would like to know more about your guitar, please fill in the form below with your serial number and email address and we'll let you know the year it was made.
GUITAR IS IN VERY GOOD SHAPE, COMES INCLUDING GIGBAG. I would put this Strat up against almost any Strat out there. This guitar kicks some serious A** and will only appreciate so it's a solid investment. The action is low without buzzing when played at a normal attack. It has one significant dent on the front of the body that's all,further more its very clean besides the usual little scratches etc. These Silver Series were only made for a short time and are very sought after guitars these days,they are very good build with great pickups and hardware gotho tuners etc,price 675 euro Tokai Goldstar Lawsuit Copie from 1984,these are very sought after guitars,even in the late 70.'early 80's Stevie Ray Vaughan endorsed the Tokai strats.
PRICE 750 EUROThe body and neck are Mahogany made from the catalog descriptions. Condition: This guitar is in very good condition for a guitar this old. Also these high end st 115 models were sometimes made with a very special Fender engraved neckplate with the name of the owner in it. Alder body finished in Black, Maple neck,3 original Tokai single coils, Tokai Script baby sound very Fender authentic,plays wonderful,guitar is of course used and it shows in dents,scratches ect,this is a Natural Relicplease refer to the tokai registry website for more info about these wonderful guitars.
Probably 3P body and 1P neck (nut width is 43.8mm)The neck is fine, truss rod is adjustable. This St115 also has the special engraved one also bares the little blue sticker on the back headstock showing its a st 115 the only thing is some previous owner had once a sort of locking nut on it hence the 3 little holes behind the nut,this can easely be filled with some natural color woodfiller,this all take not away the beauty-superb sound and playability of this ST-115. Price 775 euro HERE WE HAVE A VERY NICE SOUNDING AND PLAYING VINTAGE GRECO S-450 IN NATURAL ASH.
Since this page is devoted to Ventura branded guitars, which were mostly made in the 1970's, the comments below apply to that era, but may also apply to earlier or later Japanese guitars.
The plain truth is that; most Japanese guitar manufacturers were "contract houses" that made guitars to the specifications of the "trading companies" (Japanese middlemen) that took orders from the American companies that were importing them (such as C. This resulted in a wide variety of qualities in guitars shipped by most of the "contract houses".