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81goldstar - Posted - 05/05/2022:  22:20:02

So can anyone tell me if the headstock script and inlay that tends to run almost off the right side can be an identifying feature for the gf100 H&F neck originally belonging to a 1981 pot? I've seen this in pictures quite a bit on the 81's and one 79 but i know the 82's and 83's are rare to see. I'm not seeing this feature in 84-86's. If I run across one is it safe to say it more than likely is an 81 neck? Thanks in advance for any enlightenment.

Aradobanjo - Posted - 05/06/2022:  03:52:25


Please share a picture of this feature. I have an 85 GS-100FE.

81goldstar - Posted - 05/06/2022:  04:01:07

I will have to figure out how to post a photo after I get off work this evening.

RioStat - Posted - 05/06/2022:  05:56:04

Like this...notice that the "r" at the end of GoldStar is right on the edge of the headstock



81goldstar - Posted - 05/06/2022:  06:15:38


Originally posted by RioStat

Like this...notice that the "r" at the end of GoldStar is right on the edge of the headstock


Thanks Riostat!

Edited by - 81goldstar on 05/06/2022 06:28:13

Toshi Tsuchida - Posted - 05/06/2022:  10:20:17

A story behind this:
Here I attach a photo showing my GF100HF sisters. One on the left is from 1978 and sold at Mccabe's Guitar Workshop. Right one is from 1980. On 1978 HF you will find inlay layout error. Tokai stated the new GF series in the latter half of 1978, so this one seems to be from their very early lot. It had too many characters compared to Gibson in any way. These inlay work were done by two women and they seemed to make small mistake I think. The inlays were placed relative to the tuner mounting holes. They had to handle many models using one engraving router pantograph. A little skill was required to switch models one to another. As a result, they seem to have mastered the job throughout production. My 1980 HF is good to to me and the other later HFs you mentioned might have been better. Tokai continued to make the Gold Star series until 1986. But there was other Gold Star series existed made by different builder from 1984 to 1986, and it was in the same period. For these banjos Scott knows best. 1984 Gold Star JD Crowe model banjos were one of them. The inlay and some hardware were carried over from Tokai but tone ring, flange, and tension hoop were not if I correct. You can easily figure out the difference from serial # writing system, Tokai stamped like 850126 and the other shop stamped like 85.10.38.
I also attach the “hearts and flowers” inlay layout design sheet made in 1977. I was very young and immature.

The Old Timer - Posted - 05/06/2022:  15:09:53

Very good post Toshi.

81goldstar - Posted - 05/06/2022:  15:43:53

Yes thank you Toshi! Great info.

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