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NGD Tokai ES-100N 2002, my first semi
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: NGD Tokai ES-100N 2002, my first semi Reply with quote

Awesome, just plain awesome.

I was in Coda a couple of weeks ago trying a number of Gibson semis including a ?3000 Larry Carlton and I much prefer my ?500 gem.

It is nasty with the duncan 59s, rich and fat yet keeping that airy feel and sparkle. Very inspiring and as flawless as you can expect from Tokai.

Why do people still bother with Gibson?

It has the dimple headstock as all my other Tokais but I am proud about it as it separates it for the more than ordinary Gibbos.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot the compulsory pics...










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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MMMnnn that looks like hot buttered rum.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: NGD Tokai ES-100N 2002, my first semi Reply with quote

looktoyourorb wrote:
NGD Tokai ES-100N 2002, my first semi


Butt-head: Huh huh huh huh. He said, "semi"
Beavis: Oh, yeah.Heh heh heh heh.




Just kidding,cool guitar man!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I call it an ES135 VNT.

Beautiful, killer guitars.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is a beauty and I guess one of the answers to why people bother with Gibson's is that they tend to hold their price better than copies no matter how good they are and the name Gibson on the head stock still counts for a lot. On second thoughts quite probably because they have not had the opportunity to play a Tokai.

Don't get me wrong I thought I was making a downwards move going from Gibson to a Tokai. It was only when I received it, inspected it and played it I realized that at worse I had made a sideways move and at best an upwards one at much less than half the price.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a beauty!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quietly wrote:
Now that is a beauty and I guess one of the answers to why people bother with Gibson's is that they tend to hold their price better than copies no matter how good they are and the name Gibson on the head stock still counts for a lot. On second thoughts quite probably because they have not had the opportunity to play a Tokai.

Don't get me wrong I thought I was making a downwards move going from Gibson to a Tokai. It was only when I received it, inspected it and played it I realized that at worse I had made a sideways move and at best an upwards one at much less than half the price.


Can't agree more - I am an ex Gibson addict: LP Standard, LP Smartwood, SG Standard...the only one left is my SG because it is one of these rare guitars that Gibson make with "the vibe". I can honestly say I have not played one bad MIJ Tokai. Yes a couple needed a set up but that is to be expected after travelling from Japan.

Oh, and the reason I bought my SG? I could not find a Tokai in the UK...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just looking at the list of your guitars hmmmm I must stop and please do not post anymore pictures You are giving me severe GAS.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quietly wrote:
Now that is a beauty and I guess one of the answers to why people bother with Gibson's is that they tend to hold their price better than copies no matter how good they are and the name Gibson on the head stock still counts for a lot. On second thoughts quite probably because they have not had the opportunity to play a Tokai.

Don't get me wrong I thought I was making a downwards move going from Gibson to a Tokai. It was only when I received it, inspected it and played it I realized that at worse I had made a sideways move and at best an upwards one at much less than half the price.


Seriously! I can't GIVE away my ES-120! I had it listed here and some guy said it was the same as a $400 Epiphone.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quietly wrote:
I was just looking at the list of your guitars hmmmm I must stop and please do not post anymore pictures You are giving me severe GAS.


Muchas gracias.

Thanks for checking the list - Tokais are at the very top with PRS...they are nearly as good as my homemade axes!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quietly wrote:
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Don't get me wrong I thought I was making a downwards move going from Gibson to a Tokai. .


The road from Gibson to Tokai is called the "Colle dell?Agnello", or Col Angel.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A basic ES-100 is better than a standard 335, no doubt about it.

Common 335 niggles: warped top at neck junction, scruffy F holes, center block not connected to the guitar back, shards on the center block, poor fit f the neck, non cured nitro.

Common ES-100 niggles: hard to find one in a shop.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, hard to find.

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