heba wrote:Hi, I'm new in this forum and looking for a new Tokai LS 200 or LS 320.
Hallo heba, Verst?rkung aus Hamburch, goil!
Does anyone know the main differences between these models.
Have both nitro finish and a long tenon neck?
Good question, because for the new LS200 it's not explicitely mentioned in the 2003-2004 catalog, only the LS120F and the LS320 have a "deep joint" neck. So to be absolutely sure you would have to ask the dealer to pull out the neck pickup. Nitro or rather "lacquer" finish is mentioned for all models from LS120F and above though. The LS200 is the only one that lists Heritage Dark Cherry / HDC as available color, the others only the standard CS and VF. On the other hand it's probably possible to order any Love Rock in another color, you will only have to wait longer if it's not in stock (which the LS320 never is anyhow).
The LS200 has an ebony fretboard while the LS320 uses jacaranda (Brazilian rosewood) for that. And its maple top is classified "AAAA" while the LS200 is not further specified. The LS320 has Honduras mahogany for the neck and back, the LS200 description does not mention this.
The LS320 (and the LS120F) has an aluminum tailpiece, the LS200 might not.
It also uses CTS pots and oil condenser caps while this is not listed for the LS200.
Last but not least the LS320 comes with Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers, the LS200 with Tokai/Gotoh PAF Vintage MK1 pickups.
Maybe I will buy from a japanese dealer. Any experiences or recmmandations?
Do a search for Ishibashi...
In ebay.de is a LS 150 for sale. I didn't find more informations about that modell. Does anybody know what it is?
I've seen it, too, that's the "more4less" ebay shop which sold an LS150 for EUR 1,125.00 recently. Now it seems they have several LS150 models on stock, but I don't know if they come directly from Tokai Gakki or from music fairs. As far as specs go, you should reassure that his claims are really true like solid flamed maple top, one piece back etc. before you buy.