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Tokai and Dyna Gakki produced the Fender Japan solid-body models from 1997 until the end of the Fender Japan joint-venture in 2015.The original selling price in Japanese yen is often included in the model number—for example TLS-100 = 100,000 Japanese yen.Tokai began in 1947, as a harmonica and piano manufacturer.It developed its first melodica, the Pianica, in 1961.In 1983, Tokai introduced an aluminum-body guitar called the Talbo (Tokai Aluminum Body) which the band Devo played at one time.
Tokai guitars have been made in Japan, Korea and China. Tokai guitars made in Korea (MIK) are lower priced guitars, similar to the Korean Epiphone guitars.
From 1970 to 1973, Tokai produced the Conn line of acoustic guitars under contract with C. Conn (History of Conn Guitars and Conn Acoustic Guitars).
In 1972, Tokai entered into a joint-venture with C. Martin & Company to supply acoustic guitar parts and also to build Martin's Sigma electric guitars. Between 19, Tokai began making various Fender and Gibson replica electric guitars and basses.
By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.
Seem to have more of an angle to them - close but not exact, this change may have accurred as early as 1982 in the US.
Tokai began making banjos and harpsichords in 1973 and the electric piano in 1975. It made its first electric guitar in 1968 with the Humming Bird, a guitar loosely based on the Mosrite Mark I and II.