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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This 2009 LS-370 appears, from the few close up photos, NOT to have any of the corners of the inlays "drilled". I can see no evidence of fillers either.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270636012578&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

So why does Tokai seem weak in the QC of the inlay process?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If LPs had dot inlays, like proper guitars have, we wouldn't have to have this tedious discussion.....











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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
If LPs had dot inlays, like proper guitars have, we wouldn't have to have this tedious discussion.....


Translation: you're all nit picking dickheads for discussing this...?

Thanks for turning the thread into a pathetic "Strats/Teles are better than LPs" sort of thing. Your comment is totally irrelevant, just stay out of threads if you think they're boring and tedious.

I'm not giving up my nice block inlays for cheap shite dots.

If you had put a smiley I wouldn't have said most of the above.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JVsearch wrote:
If you had put a smiley I wouldn't have said most of the above.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I am conserned,I would ruther have nothing at all(not even dots),than filler on the corners...and fretboards would be nice to look at and guitars would be cheper...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

butrus wrote:
As far as I am conserned,I would ruther have nothing at all(not even dots),than filler on the corners...and fretboards would be nice to look at and guitars would be cheper...

Well, then, why aren't all the keys on a piano white (or black)?

However, I do hear you regarding the overuse of filler to make up for poor fitting.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

butrus wrote:
As far as I am conserned,I would ruther have nothing at all(not even dots),than filler on the corners...and fretboards would be nice to look at and guitars would be cheper...


Yes, but then it would not be a true Les Paul copy. It is even said that the Tokai workers have to regularly chant phrases such as "Yee haaa" and "You're not from around these parts, are you boy" to get into the mind set of a southern states Gibson worker. (Okay, that second part was a lie.)

Bear in mind that you can buy a nice mid range MIJ Tokai with binding, a solid mahogany body, and a solid mahogany neck, and beautiful workmanship (inlay excepted) for a similar price to a Gibson studio, which is rather basic, and did not appeal to me. Especially since Gibsons have more reports of quality control issues than you can shake a big stick at. I'd rather Tokai used rounded inlay corners thus allowing CNC cutting. I know the Les Paul extemists will turn pale at the thought.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leif wrote:

Bear in mind that you can buy a nice mid range MIJ Tokai with binding, a solid mahogany body, and a solid mahogany neck, and beautiful workmanship (inlay excepted) for a similar price to a Gibson studio, which is rather basic, and did not appeal to me. Especially since Gibsons have more reports of quality control issues than you can shake a big stick at.


And thats exactly why I joined this forum.
and If you look long enough even inlays could be nice
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
JVsearch wrote:
If you had put a smiley I wouldn't have said most of the above.


Happy now?



Yeah.
Sorry for blowing up at you, Mike.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No apology necessary.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
No apology necessary.



Is that "no apology necessary" in a kind of "you'll keep mofo" type of way?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

butrus wrote:
As far as I am conserned,I would ruther have nothing at all(not even dots),than filler on the corners...and fretboards would be nice to look at and guitars would be cheper...


Get one of the older Bacchus Dukes - no board inlays at all, but it does have the little dots on the edge.

They look quite good actually (IMO); after you get over the "something's missing" vibe, it looks quite classy.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JVsearch wrote:
stratman323 wrote:
No apology necessary.



Is that "no apology necessary" in a kind of "you'll keep mofo" type of way?


No, as in you didn't say anything you need to apologise for, you expressed a point of view, which is what we all do. If I had said "apology accepted", it sort of implies that you were right to apologise, & I didn't want to give that impression.

Everything's cool maaaan.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at the filler on this thing. It's disgusting.



Disgustingly talented, arf! Bloody hellfire, this man is good (though some of you chaps might need a lie down and a cup of tea after seeing the guitars themselves).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leif wrote:

It is even said that the Tokai workers have to regularly chant phrases such as "Yee haaa" and "You're not from around these parts, are you boy" to get into the mind set of a southern states Gibson worker. (Okay, that second part was a lie.)


While the current Gibson Custom Shop production is in Nashville, TN, I can attest to the fact that, in the 1950's, very few residents of Kalamazoo, MI ever said "Yee Haa". I certainly never heard it, either in Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids. In Tokai's quest for historical accuracy, it would be better to give the workers snow shovels and point towards Lake Michigan. I recall some snowy winters in the mid to late 1950's.
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