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LS120 with solid maple cap
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oldflame
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:55 am    Post subject: LS120 with solid maple cap Reply with quote

What's he talking about solid maple cap. I can see the veneer and my eyes are shot...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3733915760&indexURL=2&photoDisplayType=2#ebayphotohosting
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now please do correct me if I am wrong....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your not wrong oldflame, veneer it most certainly is. I can see the mahogany, two layers of maple or sycamore and the veneer on top.
I find it strange that the seller does not give the full serial number when you can make most of it out from the nicely blurred photo, it seems to be 01 for the year.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here?s an LS120 from Japanoldguitar ? they say top is ?laminate? (ie veneer), so I think you must be right. But with a veneer top I can?t see why this model was ever worth twice the price of an LS60 ? at least the 60 had a solid top (& decent Gotoh fittings) .

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3733646427&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ian,

Yeah saw that one. I had a sniff around another LS120 a week back but again she had a veneer.

There is a school of thought that states a few LS120's had a solid cap. The flame wasn't that great apparently. More 'flitch' match than quarter sawn.

A question for Supernout perhaps?....
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Lee ? do you know if the fittings are supposed to be better on the 120 (compared to LS50/60/80) ? At what point did your money buy a solid flamed top (in 1980/81)....,LS150, LS200 ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

time you started counting the number of pieces that make up the mahogany back on that LS60

agreed on the LS120 - looks like an LS70F from 2001 to me ... odd

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't the LS120 have that number stamped in the fingerboard at the last fret? And, wouldn't it also have a long tenon?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure about all the fine details folks. That's why I mentioned Supernout. Now there's a knowledgeable chap.

Ian,

I'm unsure about prices from the very early 80's. All my brochures are in storage right now. If I recall correctly, the 1984 'Blue Suede Music' (uk distributor at the time) catalogue I have lists the LS200 at ?995.

It lists it, but I've never seen one here in the UK. And boy have I done some hunting and travelling about only to lift the bridge pup on arrival and spot the veneer...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I been looking at this one too.

BTW Lee that was my 120 you were looking at last week. It ended up going to California.

Yes it was a laminated top. As is the one discused in this thread.

I've emailed the seller regarding the pickups, he list them as Tokai PAF's but all the 120's I've seen have dimarzio's
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jp-fx

Your guitar looked nice and as discussed, the top may have been solid because the flame was more "flitch" looking than "quater sawn/book matched" like you see on most veneer's. Shame it wasn't but there you go.

The quest continues .....
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

an early 80's LS-200 in the UK for ?995, i'll take it !!!!!!!!

i wish.

i've constantly got guitars coming from Japan and I've never had a 150 or 200. they are sold the second they hit the delaers shelf.

in the 'can't get my hands on one for love nor money' ratings they are up there with the Yamaha Weddington Custom which i've also been searching for forever.

ah well
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how much would you say that's worth because i've been thinking about bidding on it.

i've been holding out for that color for over a year so what do you guys think.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that depends on what you think it is



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

guitarboy wrote:
that depends on what you think it is



GB


well i haven't been able to test it out and never actually been able to play a tokai at all. I'm pretty much a noob at les pauls and tokais so I just want to know that I don't make a mistake and buy this guitar and regretting it because i could have had a much better guitar.
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