Tokai Soundstream T2 Review
From Tokai's web site.
The string vibrations of wooden instruments travel faster at the center of the body than they
do at the top and back. By placing a cross-grained piece of wood at this center position of
the body, sound is reflected back towards the top and back of the instrument four times
faster than on a standard guitar. This groundbreaking new body construction offers
dramatically increased sustain and note clarity that can actually be felt "streaming" through
your body as you play. In addition, the multi-directional grains offer a stunning visual
appearance unmatched by standard instruments.
In 1983 we created the same effect with the revolutionary aluminum-alloy body of our
original Talbo guitar and bass. Now after two decades of research and development we
have succeeded in producing the same long sustain and clear sound with the added warmth
and aesthetic appeal of a wooden body.
If you are ready for an entirely new level of sound quality and performance, then it's time you
entered the sound stream.
|Body:|| Alder top, Mahogany Middle, Alder Back|
|Fingerboard:|| Rosewood 22 frets|
|Bridge:|| Tokai Vintage|
|Pickups:|| 2 single coil, 1 PAF type humbucker|
|Controls:|| 1V, 2T, 5way-selector|
Basic Strat type guitar with a humbucker. What is unique is the PAF or covered pickup not normally
seen on Strat shaped guitars. Also, the lower horn has been cut-off which allows for easy access to the
22nd fret. It takes some getting used to but the shape grows on you. This is obviously a pre-production
guitar as there are vitually no markings other than Tokai logo and made in Japan on the back of the
Construction and Feel
Its a Made in Japan Tokai, what more needs to be said. The neck is fast and smooth and the pickups
This is where the Sound Stream really shines. Not only does it sound great, kinda like a SG, but the
sound feels great. No you didn't read that wrong... the sound FEELS great. As stated above the sound
vibrations are excellerated towards the front and back of the guitar and when you nail a power chord you
can really feel the guitar vibrate.
I plugged her in and set the GuitarPort to AC/DC's Back in Black and just let it rip. When playing with
my Love Rocks there is a noticeable diffence between Angus's sound and mine but with the Sound Stream
there is not much difference. What was really fun was feeling the vibrations as I played through the
chorus (A, E, B, A, B) which just makes you want to crank up the sound even loader.
The other thing I noticed was how clear the notes come through even with heavy distortion and how long
they sing or sustain. The solo section of Back in Black really stands out with this guitar.
If your looking for something different in shape and sound then the Sound Stream series might be
your ticket. It's great to see Tokai diversify into new lines and hopefully their success with the
Love Rocks will carry them forward with the Sound Stream.
Hopefully there will be more to report on this line at winter NAMM in 2005.