The Tokai Gakki Co Ltd, was founded in 1947 and is situated in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka prefecture. Tokai is one of Japan's leading companies in the musical instrument business. The company was founded by Tadayouki Adachi and remains family owned.
Although Tokai currently focuses on electric and acoustic guitars, basses and autoharps (called "chromaharp"), the company has manufactured other instruments such as melodicas, pianos and guitar amplifiers in the past.
The company began making harmonicas and then acoustic and electric guitars, basses and accordions. Over the years Tokai has produced some wonderful replicas of Gibson and Fender guitars, including the “Love Rock Model” and “Les Paul Reborn” series (copies of the Gibson Les Paul) the “Springy Sound” series (copies of the Fender Stratocaster) and the “Breezy Sound” series (copies of the Fender Telecaster). Tokai has also made replicas of acoustic guitars from Gibson and CF Martin.
In 1965 Tokay began making acoustic guitars and in 1968 it launched the Hummingbird electric guitar series. In 1970 Tokai began producing the Acoustic Hummingbirds.
In 1974 Tokai established a partnership with CF Martin to manufacture their acoustic guitars and to produce Sigma electric guitars a subsidiary of CF Martin.
From 1978 to 1980 Tokai sold replicas of Les Paul under the name “Les Paul Reborn”. It was at this time that everyone started hearing about the “Lawsuit Guitars”. The replicas made by Tokai were, at the time of incredible quality. The different woods used were of higher quality than those used by Gibson. Tokai had done their homework and had researched and analysed the original Gibson’s to be able to make guitars of superior quality.
The most sought after vintage Tokai guitars are the aforementioned “Les Paul Reborn” and “Love Rock Model” produced in the late 70's and early 1980's. These guitars are becoming increasingly rare on the market and as a consequent their prices are becoming increasingly high.
Replica’s of the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster models began being produced in 1977. The Stratocaster replicas are from the “Springy Sound” Series. The Telecaster replicas from the “Breezy Sound” Series started being made in 1980. Just like the Gibson replicas they are excellent guitars, often considered superior to the original Fender models.
Over the years Tokai has favoured the best selections of wood and has a highly qualified workforce. Since Tokai already had its own factory, it started making guitars for many other famous brands including Fernandes and Fender Japan.
Fender Japan had worked with several factories including Fujigen, Dyna, Tokai, and Terada. The JV and E series were made by Fujigen. Fender produced by Tokai from 1998 to 2008 say “Crafted in Japan” under the serial number.
Tokai ATE136 RR Vintage Series Japan in Natural is a traditional, TE-type electric guitar handmade in Japan with carefully selected tonewoods and high quality parts.
The Tokai ATE-136 RR is based on the famous 1960's Fender Rosewood Telecaster guitar made famous by George Harrison, and it has a Rosewood top - Alder middle - and Rosewood back
body and a one piece maple neck with a glossy finish, with 22 medium jumbo sized frets and 9.5 radius.
The Vintage model is equipped with vintage-style TE-VB bridge, TE-Vintage MK3 pickups and Gotoh Vintage machine heads.
The gorgeous classic Natural Rosewood colour has a gloss poly finish with 3 ply black pickguard.
Includes a durable Tokai Premium Tweed Case.
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck: One Piece Canadian Hard Rock Maple
Neck Finish: Glossy Urethane
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
Fret Size: Jumbo
Nut width: 42mm (1.650")
Machine Heads: Gotoh Vintage SD-91M
Bridge: Tokai Vintage TE-VB
Pickup Configuration: SS
Neck Pickup: Tokai Vintage TE Neck MK3
Bridge Pickup: Tokai Vintage TE Bridge MK3
Electronics: Master Volume, Master Tone,
Switch: 3 way blade
Position 1 Neck, Position 2 Neck & Bridge, Position 3 Bridge
Neckplate: 4 bolt
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
Color: Natural Rosewood (code N-R)