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Tokai Hummingbird 1960s classic from Japan

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I know, I know, I know…

It’s been FAR TOO LONG.  Time to get our arses into gear.  Thanks to Rich who kept the ship afloat for a long while in my absence.

I’ve got lots of things I want to tell you guys about.  New guitars and basses of my own, plus a couple of projects I’ve been working on.

Meanwhile I just want to bask in the gloriousness of this piece of 1960s Japanalia (is that even a word?) that is the Tokai Hummingbird. Yes, we’ve seen them before on this blog, but they look good enough to warrant another post.

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This baby has a built-in distortion effect too… I’m guessing that’s the battery access on the side of the guitar near the output jack.

But it ain’t a cheapie. An eBay Buy It Now price of US $ 1,550.00 for this example illustrates just how popular these old Japanese guitars have become in recent years and how yesteryears oddities are now so supremely collectable.

G L Wilson

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