The Tokai Silver Star – a True to Spec 70s CBS knockoff

Disclaimer: In this post I refer to Fender and Stratocaster, I want to make it perfectly clear that this guitar is not a Fender, none of the parts are Fender and if Fender come knocking on my door wanting me to re-word anything on this web page then I will do it, no questions asked.

This is my first ever Tokai. It is a beautiful Tokai Silver Star that is in great shape for a vintage Japanese guitar. I am not 100% sure of the date of manufacture, it could be late 79ish or early 80s, but based on the information on the Tokai registry site, because it has the spaghetti logo and the 5 digit serial number it was definitely pre 1982.

In any case it’s a beautiful guitar, it has a good weight to it and plays like a dream.

Let’s have a listen to how she sounds through a Peavey Delta Blues. In the next couple of videos, Darren puts her through her paces.

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Now let’s see how she handles the Marshall JCM-800.

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Here we have it plugged into a Ceriatone Cream Brulee and into a Fargen 1×12 speaker cab, fitted with a 70th Anniversary special edition G12H 30w Celestion.

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As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, she has a really nice weight and feel to this guitar. I am not sure what the weight is, I don’t have any scales at the moment, but as soon as I do I will update this post.

Tokai Silver Star

Tokai Silver Star

The guitar is a nice medium weight and feels really solid. An extremely well built guitar made from quality materials that have proven to stand the test of time.

Tokai Silver Star vertical shot

Tokai Silver Star vertical shot


It looks to be a hand carved four piece body, made from Alder with a beautiful 3 tone burst.

Tokai Silver Star 4pc Alder body

Tokai Silver Star 4pc Alder body

There is a fairly prominent join running through the middle of the guitar body, and two joins at the top and bottom of the body that you really need to look for. At first glance you would swear that it was a two piece body.

Tokai Silver Star 4pc alder body

Tokai Silver Star 4pc alder body

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The finish looks to be a very thin layer of Poly, allowing for the shape of the wood grain to come through slightly. The Black 3 ply scratch plate/Pick guard, Black pickup covers and knobs seem to be a fairly common feature on this model Tokai based on a lot of the other Silver Star pics around the web.

Tokai Silver Star black guard and pickup covers

Tokai Silver Star black guard and pickup covers

This particular guitar looks to be 100% original, right down to the slightly rusted scratch plate screws.

Tokai Silver Star black guard and pickup cover screws

Tokai Silver Star black guard and pickup cover screws


You can’t really see it in the pics but there is some obvious signs of use on the pick guard, just your typical light scratches you would expect from a used guitar that’s over 30 years old.

Tokai Silver Star black knobs

Tokai Silver Star black knobs

The Bridge has a solid full sized steel block with the vintage 6 point screws, the saddles are a chrome plated cast steel saddle.

Tokai Silver Star bridge

Tokai Silver Star bridge


The neck pocket is perfect, no cracks in the lacquer at all, a perfect fit and I doubt if the neck has ever been removed by looking closely at the paint around the join.

Tokai Silver Star top-e neck pocket

Tokai Silver Star top-e neck pocket

Tokai Silver Star bottom-e neck pocket

Tokai Silver Star bottom-e neck pocket

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The one piece maple neck has the large “70s” style headstock with the bullet truss rod nut and the “Fender” spaghetti style logo. It’s no wonder Fender wanted to Sue them, then ultimately get them to build there guitars, the likeness and quality is outstanding.

Tokai Silver Star headstock and logo

Tokai Silver Star headstock and logo

The neck is as straight as you like, with vintage sized fretwire. I’m not 100% sure what the fretboard radius is, it looks to be slightly flatter than a 7.5 and it also looks to flatten out, but my eyes are a bit fuzzy from staring at this computer all day so maybe I’m seeing things,LOL. But they are definitely the original frets, and there’s only about 5% of wear, if that!

Tokai Silver Star maple neck

Tokai Silver Star maple neck

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There is absolutely no buckle rash on this baby at all, apart from a couple of VERY MINOR scratches and dents, she is as clean as it gets.

Tokai Silver Star back

Tokai Silver Star back

The neck plate is the period correct three bolt style with the micro neck tilt adjustment screw typical for Stratocasters of this time.

Tokai Silver Star neck plate

Tokai Silver Star neck plate

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And the tuners are a close copy of the Fender style “F” tuners.

Tokai Silver Star headstock and tuners

Tokai Silver Star headstock and tuners

The neck is nice and round, definitely not a thin neck by any means, but not overly thick either. It’s probably a heavy C shape profile.

Tokai Silver Star neck

Tokai Silver Star neck

Well there you have it folks, the Tokai Silver Star, What an amazing guitar. Well worth looking into if your looking at buying a used vintage Japanese guitar, don’t go too far past the Silver Star if one comes your way.

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