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NGD - Tokai LS-150 (1981)
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wulfman
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: NGD - Tokai LS-150 (1981) Reply with quote

I don?t do too many NGDs anymore as a lot of guitars don?t stay with me too long but I thought I would throw this one up here as it a fairly rare bird and this is the ?Tokai Forum?. I recently found this LS-150 here in Tokyo in a store nearby called Nico Nico guitars. The store deals mostly in recent and vintage Gibsons , Fenders and other US-guitars but has a fair number of Japanese guitars coming in from time to time. I had a chance to play it the same day but waited about a week before they were able to give me a price. Thankfully the price was reasonable considering the good condition.



Everything is original and there are only really 2 small chips in the lacquer. The finish is quite thin and I have seen these referred to as having cashew lacquer. There is some checking on the back but not the front.

The guitar weighs 4.07 kg and the neck is a thick 58 style. The store guys were telling me that it was a ?kamaboko? profile which refers to Japanese fish-cake on the left in the picture below.



I haven?t played too many old Tokai LPs so can?t really compare but this one definitely has a handmade feel to it. One thing I noticed is that the neck is not perfectly smooth on the back and there is a bit more relief on the bass side of the neck compared to the treble.

As for sound and playability it has good resonance and sustain and no buzzing at a medium action. I am not too thrilled with the SD super distortion in the bridge. It does what it is supposed to do I guess but compared to some nicer pickups like the WIZZ PAFs or some Seth Lovers I am not too much a fan.

In any case, here are some pictures:













Cheers,

Wulfman
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greco_burst
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a beauty!
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jacco
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning guitar Harold, congrats.
Understand how you feel about the SDs btw, hard choice here, leave it original or put some nice boutique pups in.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very,very nice
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iainblack
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice photos too - I'm hungry now!
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fab!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very very nice. Top carve is impressive. It's especially nice to see a flat pickup plane.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's a beauty!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi
nice nice nice
looks really good ......
you are a lucky guy ....
all the best
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wulfman
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, the only problem getting this is I have to decide which guitars I need to sell now to pay for it!
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hunter
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible find .....Congrats!
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hunter
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it correct that ls150's and 200's came with custom ordered pickups?
Are they both DiMarzio's?

EDIT:
just read they're S.D
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JVsearch
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hunter wrote:
Is it correct that ls150's and 200's came with custom ordered pickups?
Are they both DiMarzio's?

EDIT:
just read they're S.D


Is that "S.D" as in Seymour Duncan, or Dimarzio Super Distortion?

Great looking guitar!
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wulfman
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bridge is a Super Distortion and the neck is a Dimarzio PAF. I think the bridge is OK for a compressed higher gain sound but I think I will put something with lower output in there.
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sneakyjapan
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question...have you seen the LSL or Big Tex models down there in Tokyo...look like they have the same headstocks that the current Tokai F/USA clones have? Wonder if they make those too. Saw them in the local Shimamura today.
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