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unnormal2
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Need help identifying LP - no serial Reply with quote

Hi, I'm new here. I need some help identifying this Love Rock.

It has no serial number, but I was told that some early Korean ones had a sticker type serial number that was prone to coming off.

I got it used in March 2002, so I don't think it's a Dillion "Make in Korea". And it has a 3 screw truss cover and metal jack plate.

I am thinking a 2000's-ish ALS48 or ALS50Q maybe?









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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not much help tbh but mines made korea no serial number but still has made in korea stamped on back of headstock but looks very simlilar to yours
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Early MIK I think.

Could be wrong though.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

carl300367 wrote:
not much help tbh but mines made korea no serial number but still has made in korea stamped on back of headstock but looks very simlilar to yours


What model and year is yours? Can you post some pics to compare?

Polarbear wrote:
Early MIK I think.


Do you know what "early" is? When did they start MIK?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basic info on MIK:

Korean production started around the mid-1990s. Tokai guitars made in Korea (MIK) are lower priced guitars, similar to the Korean Epiphone guitars. The MIK (Made in Korea) guitars can be differentiated by the truss rod cover. Japanese guitars have a two-screw truss rod cover whereas the Korean guitars have a three-screw truss rod cover (although some early Korean guitars also have two-screw truss rod covers). The MIK guitars usually have a different Nashville style bridge instead of the usual ABR-1 bridge. Furthermore MIK Gibson replica guitars usually have a neck made from maple and the body wood is usually made from either alder, agathis or nato.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's mine got no wiring piccies though but mine looks same as your internally



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much summed it up Marcus.

Doesn't mean they don't play well though They play soooo much better than Epiphones.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much summed it up Marcus.

Doesn't mean they don't play well though They play soooo much better than Epiphones.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much better than Epiphones
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well happy with the way mine plays
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The current ones are very cool guitars, with basswood bodies...a lot classier than Epiphones in every way, and they match Epiphone prices.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
Basic info on MIK:

The MIK guitars usually have a different Nashville style bridge instead of the usual ABR-1 bridge.


Is this considered a Nashville syte bridge because of the adjustment screw inserts, even though it has a bridge retaining wire on the saddle screws?

Carl, do you know approx what year yours is?
I noticed that the "a" in Tokai is closed on the top and open on the bottom on mine, but open on the top and closed on the botton on yours. Is this just a manufacturing tolerance, or did they have different variations on the logo over the years?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unnormal2 wrote:
marcusnieman wrote:
Basic info on MIK:

The MIK guitars usually have a different Nashville style bridge instead of the usual ABR-1 bridge.


Is this considered a Nashville syte bridge because of the adjustment screw inserts, even though it has a bridge retaining wire on the saddle screws?

Carl, do you know approx what year yours is?
I noticed that the "a" in Tokai is closed on the top and open on the bottom on mine, but open on the top and closed on the botton on yours. Is this just a manufacturing tolerance, or did they have different variations on the logo over the years?


Yours looks like an ABR - not Nashville. The second set of photos of the other guitar looks like it has a Nashville bridge.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject: Love Rock Reply with quote

The closed "a" in Tokai is one of the characteristics of the "unauthorized production" MIK Tokais. Some like to call these Fakai's, but I personally feel this is a gray area that raises more unanswered questions than real answers?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Love Rock Reply with quote

rayspang wrote:
The closed "a" in Tokai is one of the characteristics of the "unauthorized production" MIK Tokais. Some like to call these Fakai's, but I personally feel this is a gray area that raises more unanswered questions than real answers?
Oh do you now! Gabe.
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