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Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:14 am

Starting this thread as a place to sort out MIK Tokais since they are a bit of a mystery to me.

Korean and Chinese Tokais were typically lower priced models (below 60,000 yen) built in Korea and China due to lower production costs in those countries.

Korean LP clones often (but not always) have a truss rod cover with a pointed tip and a dimpled headstock,

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and often a bolt on neck and white compartment covers. although there are plenty set neck examples with black compartment covers as well.

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Occasionally there are surviving "Made in Korea" stickers, and some with "Made in Korea" silkscreened on the back of the headstock above its junction with the neck.

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But beware that some made in Korea labeled Tokais were apparently "unauthorized", known on the web as "Fakais", and possibly actually made in China.

Note the spelling "Make In Korea". Serial numbers seem to date from 2003 & 2004? Some have 1 screw or other oddly shaped truss rod covers.


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Will try to link related threads as well as posting images.
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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:15 am

The best thread for trying to identify MIK Love Rocks.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20753

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:17 am

Seemingly legit licensed Made in Korea Love Rock.

Note the lack of a serial number and white cover plates.

3 screw truss rod cover.

Export dimple.

https://reverb.com/uk/item/25408122-tok ... e-in-korea

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That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:18 am

By contrast, what is apparently an "unauthorized" gold top Love Rock

"Make in Korea"

1 screw truss rod cover.

Export dimple.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/203515276202?m ... 7675.l2557

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:22 am

Another "unauthorized" guitar.
Ozeshin wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:34 am
For the record....we categorically know for a 100% fact that this is a fake guitar...we know who placed the order in Korea and distributed them throughout North America.
http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=12760

Unusual logo and oddly shaped truss rod cover.

Export dimple.



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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:27 am

"Make in Korea" PRS style "Tokai".

1 screw truss rod cover.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tokai-Electri ... 632-2357-0

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:31 am

"Unauthorized" Custom

"Make in Korea"

Export dimple.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=14259

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:34 am

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:48 am

More commentary on these "Tokais".
leadguitar_323 wrote:
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:40 am
...these guitars are not higher spec for a start, they have maple necks. 2 This guy couldn't get his own way with Tokai so he ILLEGALLY had another company make these and then had the cheek to put Tokai on the headstock so he could trade off Tokai's name, also ILLEGAL. These guitars ARE FAKE Tokai's and are Lower spec, they may be good playing instruments but don't try and justify being sucked into buying one of these by misinforming other forum members........

Mick
http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php ... ight=fakai
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That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 11:27 am

An apparently legit Korean built Tokai Love Rock ALS48.

"Open book"

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=25334

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Last edited by Sigmania on Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:31 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 11:40 am

"Make in Korea" silkscreen.

1 screw truss rod cover.

Export dimple.

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https://www.gbase.com/gear/tokai-love-r ... 4-gold-top
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That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Jan 29, 2022 11:48 am

ES model listed as Made in Korea Premium Series with lacquer finish.

"Open book" and has a six digit serial number and a "Made In" sticker, but hard to read with these photos.

3 screw truss rod cover.

https://ish.guitars/products/tokai-prem ... 0-sunburst

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That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea

Post by Sigmania » Sat Feb 12, 2022 10:19 pm

Not sure about this one. Screen on back of the headstock similar to "Tokais" saying “Make in Korea”.

Possibly a 2004 build based on that TRC & serial number.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-guit ... 632-2357-0

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Last edited by Sigmania on Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:43 am, edited 3 times in total.
That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Tokais Made In Korea & Chinese Fakes

Post by mdvineng » Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:15 am

Dillons by the look of em.
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Re: Tokais Made In Korea & Chinese Fakes

Post by mdvineng » Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:17 am

Dillons by the look of em.

No idea on the 335 but doesn't look legit.
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