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felixcatus
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnyl wrote:


By the way: is that bridge pickup a MK2 in your opinion? Any clue about the neck one?


Here's some info of a (probable UBC) pickup that has the same black plastic bottom plate.

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/search.forum?search_author=munkieNL&show_results=posts
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the back is definitely similar, but the Tokai one has "normal" polepieces... I doubt they're the same pickup honestly.

Any infos/opinions on Gotoh pickups BTW? I know the brand mainly because of their bridges, tuners, etc., but I know next to nothing about their pickups...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnyl wrote:


Any infos/opinions on Gotoh pickups BTW? I know the brand mainly because of their bridges, tuners, etc.


I read somewhere on the forum that the Gotoh bridge,tuners,etc company is not the same as the Gotoh p.u. company

http://www.gotoh-pickups.co.jp/cgi-bin/goto/sitemaker.cgi?mode=page&page=page1&category=2
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm... Interesting, thank you for the link!

... Still, I just noticed that the back of the humbuckers on their site looks different from the one in my new guitar, with the polepieces sticking out - it's getting more and more confusing...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a tread about a bridge p.u. without the pole pieces sticking out the back.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=139266&highlight=#13926

Seems to be something mysterious
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I found another one here:
http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10090&sid=ada6f90a25e18098c7a6194b3d833d7e

... My supposition at this point is that it's simply the stock pickup - maybe even the neck pickup is just the stock Gotoh with the metal base removed... Well, we'll see how they sound!

Thank you for your help!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnyl wrote:
Ok, since both the Greco and the Edwards are from Ishibashi's U-Box I had to go for the Tokai... Fact is I didn't browse Ishibashi's site for months now and somehow I managed not to notice the new (to me) minimum amount of 50000 yen per order!
It's ok though, as I said I was totally undecided...
So I just hit that "buy it now" button and bought this one:
http://cgi.ebay.it/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120665453909&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:IT:1123

... I know it's not for everyone but the exhibitionist rockstar that's in me loves it! (Not to mention the price...)

By the way: is that bridge pickup a MK2 in your opinion? Any clue about the neck one?

... And someone grab that Greco, it's 28000 yen goddammit!

Congratulations on your new axe! I have to admit this one caught my eye too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

(It just arrived @ the Italian customs BTW, let the fight begin... )
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a photo of my buddy's Les Paul Studio....the nicest LP Studio I've seen.
Johnnyl, I think the Tokai looks very cool indeed, very unusual.
The difference I see is that the Gibson has a black painted body/neck and the Tokai a natural finish.
The Gibson also has an ebony fretboard with no dots or inlays.



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a fine looking Gibson
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diamond wrote:
Here's a photo of my buddy's Les Paul Studio....the nicest LP Studio I've seen.
Johnnyl, I think the Tokai looks very cool indeed, very unusual.
The difference I see is that the Gibson has a black painted body/neck and the Tokai a natural finish.
The Gibson also has an ebony fretboard with no dots or inlays.




Thank you!
I remember those, they look very cool indeed... Only thing is, if I remember correctly, their finish isn't really "sparkle" but more "metallic", similar to pewter, platinum, candy apple red, etc... I could be wrong though!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgive me for going into details. It looks like the dot on the Tokai logo is out of place.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, you're right!
I didn't spot that at all... I wonder what's up with that?!?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnyl wrote:
Hey, you're right!
I didn't spot that at all... I wonder what's up with that?!?


I wouldn't panic too much about that. Katana is a long time and very trustworthy seller.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I know - it's one of the reasons I preferred this guitar over others - but still...
Is this common, i.e. have you seen something like this on other Tokais?
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