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Tokai Inlays

Post by butrus » Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:43 am

Do all new highend Tokai Lps have such bad inlay work (on higher fretts especially)?
What boders me is all the black filling around the inlays....
Yust looks awfull to me....
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Post by singemonkey » Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:48 am

Which model? Pictures?

The inlay work on my LS150 is a lot better than on my Gibson. Really good, I'd say.

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Post by butrus » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:27 am

LS320 from 2000
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LS230 from 2007
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But have seen it on other MIJ LPs too...
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Post by JVsearch » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:56 am

Yeah, I have noticed it as well, but not with Bacchus (as one example).

Luckily, it doesn't have any effect on tone or playability! :)

Still, nicely done inlays look good and, give the impression of high craftsmanship on the guitar.
Totally biased towards Japanese made guitars.

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Post by butrus » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:07 am

JVsearch wrote: Still, nicely done inlays look good and, give the impression of high craftsmanship on the guitar.
+1

Very nice guitars othervise tho.Its a shame...

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Post by Diamond » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:02 pm

I've had 150 Tokais in the last 8 months, not one looked like that.

That's most probably the only LS320 from 2000 that looks like that...where did you get it.?

Keep it, it's a one of a kind. ;)

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Post by butrus » Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:13 am

These are not my guitars,but they are for sale(if thats your thing :wink: )

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Post by singemonkey » Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:03 am

Yeah. Those two don't look like fantastic inlay work. My '09 LS150 definitely has better work.

Has anyone with high end Tokais from the middle of this decade have the same kind of slightly sloppy inlays? Or are these exceptions?

Curious.

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Post by Diamond » Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:05 pm

The flash in that photograph is enhancing the dark areas around those inlays, and it's also lighting up the rosewood.
I reckon if you oil that fretboard with Dr Ducks those dark areas will almost disappear.

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Post by butrus » Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:29 pm

A true salesman :lol:

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Post by karppi » Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:57 pm

butrus wrote:A true salesman :lol:
That had to be a joke. I hope. :o

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Post by looktoyourorb » Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:11 pm

There is the same thing on my LS150 but it almost disappears when the fretboard is oiled:

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Nothing to fret about if I dare say...
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Post by butrus » Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:56 pm

karppi wrote:
butrus wrote:A true salesman :lol:
That had to be a joke. I hope. :o
Why?

If a Tokai dealer suggests you to use some kind of product,to cover up for a lack of attention to detail of the companys luthiers...
On a 2000eur+ instument that is....
Thats :o in my book

And let me explain:
Im not here to criticize brands or anything like that.
Im loking to buy a nice MIJ LP in the future and yust want to explore all the possibilitys and things too look afther.

I have looked closely to a lot of MIJ LPs photos lately.
That filling around inlays is not a consistant thing,but present often
Some are done superbly.
So since this type of thing bothers me its yust something I have to take under consideration(among other things) when buying an instrument

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Post by karppi » Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:11 pm

butrus wrote: ...Why?
Sorry, what I meant was that I hope Diamond was joking.

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Post by Diamond » Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:31 pm

Joking about what?

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