2001 Limited Edition Love Rocks

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Post by Guest » Tue Apr 03, 2001 4:09 am



Mike's claims the main difference is the neck and body are made out of Mahogany but other stores in Ontario Canada carry the Korean guitars made from the same woods. Only difference is Mike's is calling them LE's while the other store does not.

I challange everyone on this list to prove there is any real difference and answer the above question.

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Ned']


Post by Guest » Tue Apr 03, 2001 2:52 pm

Imagine my horror when I removed the lead pickup from my Love Rock & it had EPIPHONE STAMPED ON THE BASE PLATE!!!!! WTF IS UP WITH THAT???

[Anonymously Posted by: 'luis']


Post by Guest » Tue Apr 03, 2001 3:41 pm

Bingo! Barry hit the Jackpot. Gibson is actually making the Tokai Love Rocks in a joint venture with Tokai Gakki Japan. This is why we aren't seeing any lawsuits as of late.

Open up your Tokais for yourself and see that most pickups are stamped either PAF Gibson or Epiphone.

Pick up a Tokai before they're gone.

[Anonymously Posted by: 'kent']


Post by Guest » Tue Apr 03, 2001 9:43 pm

Hmm... Well since Samick makes about 50% of all guitars in the world today I'm not surprised.

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Barry NYC']


Post by Guest » Fri Apr 06, 2001 10:53 am

Where are the pickups in the Japanese Love Rocks made ?

[Anonymously Posted by: 'don keevney']


Post by Guest » Sat Apr 07, 2001 4:51 am

I recently purchased a 2000 Korean Love Rock. This is one of the baddest guitars I have ever played and also one of the sweetest looking ones. It does seem that Mike was a bit dishonest about the Japanese/Korean thing. All I can say is buyer beware, educate yourself before making those kind of purchases. I hate to see the Korean models get a bad name because they rock. They put the epiphone models to shame.


Post by Guest » Sun Apr 08, 2001 11:33 am

I was the one who asked the question about the 2001 LE's from Mike's Music originally. The question was not about the quality, it is a good guitar ,decently assembled, decent hardware. It did have gaps where the pickup rings meet the top ( I don't know if anyone else had that problem) , the pickups are relatively week for humbucking pickups. But all in all it is a GOOD guitar . My question originally was where it was MADE since I had been told by Mike it was a Japanese model guitar.

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Richard']


Post by Guest » Wed Apr 11, 2001 7:26 am

I just wanted to write and say that my 2001 Love Rock is one of the best guitars I own. I have 2 real Gibsons, but the feel of the Love Rock just kills!

I don't care where its made as long as it sounds great and kicks ass. My Tokai has massive sustain and stays in tune perfectly, even more so than my $2000 Gibson. I love all my guitars but the Tokai rules.

Keep playin fellas!

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Jan']


Post by Guest » Wed Apr 11, 2001 12:59 pm

I just bought another 2001 LE!!! Now I have TWO!

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Barry']


Post by Guest » Wed Apr 11, 2001 6:36 pm

Come on fellas , who are you kidding... It's an OK guitar... It's a cheap Les Paul copy. The pickups suck. No clarity or presence. Sounds sort of...dull.
Get a real players guitar... Not some wanna be.


Post by Guest » Fri Apr 13, 2001 1:05 pm

shipment from Seymour Duncan so that subject
has been rendered moot! Obviously, some of us
immensely enjoy these instruments. Why are you
trying to spoil it for us??

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Barry']


Post by Guest » Tue Apr 17, 2001 8:00 pm

Hey Y'all, Just got a Korean ASL53L (left handed) Love Rock Gold Top from Songbird in Toronto, Canada.
You know, even if the Love Rock was the exact same guit as the Epiphone Les Paul, I think it would be a better buy. At least the finishes are better (the lefty Epi only comes in that terrible cherry 'burst finish) and the headstock is the Gibson shape... if you care about that stuff. The solid mahogany is also too cool for the bucks.
I think the Epi's are great. I sold my Epi Les Paul because I made some money on it but that was a bad move (or so I thought, the Tokai more than remedies that - Gold Top!), and I also have a lefty Casino, which I love. The Tokai is cheaper than the Epiphone where I live too. The Korean stuff is getting to be so good these days, Gibson and Fender gotta be sweatin'. The Japanese stuff, as most of us know, has been fantastic for a long time.
I know the Gibson's are superior, everybody does, why does that stuff even come up. All my Japenese and Korean guitars are just great. My American ones are too, ...but I really shelled out for 'em (well most of 'em...some of 'em...well, one of 'em). Where I live, all the cats with the Gibsons get eaten at the Sunday Jam by the folks with the Korean junk. Yes, I would trade my Love Rock for a Les Paul Standard... but not any Les Paul Standard. I also agree with "anonymous" - get a real player's guitar... not some wanna be. All the best, Steve.

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Guitarslim Jr']


Post by Guest » Sun Apr 22, 2001 9:57 am

The pickups are by Gotoh, as is the rest of the hardware.

And for the Anonymous flamer, why are all the US made guitars hardware measured in metric (millimetres)? I thought all the US was Imperial (feet & inches).

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Skybone']


Post by Guest » Sun Apr 29, 2001 12:09 pm

Skybone,Does the gotoh pickups work well?

[Anonymously Posted by: 'luis']


Post by Guest » Mon Apr 30, 2001 1:09 pm

I think they do. Especially when through a driven valve amp :wink:

In comparison to Gibson standards (490/498) they may lack a bit of "punch", but they do have a nice "vintage" feel, as the Gotoh's are supposedly PAF's.

[Anonymously Posted by: 'Skybone']

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