Alright, I dun it again. It's dangerous to search Ebay under simply "guitar" and go by items ending soonest (or newly listed), 'cause you're likely to find something good. I pulled the trigger on this '84 Tokai Goldstar strat, purchased new, played and sold by The Animals' original guitarist, Hilton Valentine. It's all original, including tremolo arm except for USA Fender RI pickups, but the original grey bottom E stamped pickups are included in the auction. $720 shipped may be a bit high (is it?)- but it seems the ones coming from overseas tend to come in around that with the shipping costs. It looks like there's some typical fretwear in the first few frets, but the pic was taken with a bright flash, so i'm being (perhaps overly) optimistic and thinking they may look more pronounced than they are. I've found numerous pics of Hilton playing this guitar, I'm not sure what if any value this adds, but I've saved a few just for the sake of documentation. Unfortunately, the South Park "chef" sticker is one of the most obvious identifying characters (I'll be removing it). I've already corresponded with him and he seems like a good guy, the usual well mannered if slightly absent minded aging British rocker. He had the shipping label printed up late last night, it's on its way already (from one state over). I've got an excellent 1990 Fender Japan 54 RI with a V neck, I'll see how this compares (I'm hoping for some kind of "wow" difference, so I don't feel like I made a dumb purchase). What 'yall thinks?