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Just bought 2003 Tokai LS 70
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tonyp2302
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Just bought 2003 Tokai LS 70 Reply with quote

Hi,
Just bought this great LS 70 from a great bloke on Sunday. Saw it on ebay and drove for 3 hours to get it and 3 hours back. I just loved the look of the top. Just wanted any info as the neck pocket code doesn't mean much to me and I know people like pics.
Loads here.

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Poe64/library/?sort=4&page=1


HDC is written in the bridge pickup cavity along with the numbers 10-29?
So I know the colour. It's a 2 piece solid top without a veneer. Checked it from neck pickup cavity and I think has a 2 piece mahogany back.
The tenon joint comes right flush with the pickup cavity.
It's a lovely guitar. I've already put a Gotoh aluminium tailpiece on it. Plays and sounds very nice.
Serial is 0308137 so 2003 August.
Many Thanks for any extra info.
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Reborn Old
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on your description I think the model designation is correct.
It would be a ULS-70 , a UK export version, with the center dimple on the headstock for UK models.
The only thing that would have flagged it as a higher model would have been be a one piece back.
There is no production month designation in the serial number, just the year.

Happy new guitar day !
I love the top and nicely matched back.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect the numbers in the cavity are the date of manufacture. Mine reads 8-28 which I have always presumes to be 28th August.
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tonyp2302
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks.

Also would you know what pickups mine has. There is a photo of the neck pickup.

Cheers
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tonyp2302
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just managed to see the faded Gotoh mark on the pup label.

Many Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paladin2019 wrote:
I suspect the numbers in the cavity are the date of manufacture. Mine reads 8-28 which I have always presumes to be 28th August.

I've seen some LS models with second numbers as high as 45.
When I asked a Tokai rep, he said stamped number pairs (different from model number stamps),
are an internal number, and not a date.
It might have been a polite way of saying "none of your business and quit asking us"
as I'm sure that question has been asked a lot.
But it could somehow relate to inventory tracking, a line run number,
or just about anything relating to manufacturing.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That'a a beauty !!!!!
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tonyp2302
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

funkilius wrote:
That'a a beauty !!!!!


I'm really loving this guitar.
Cheers
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your guitar is only 10 numbers from mine! (Mine is 147)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Tokai, the headstock shape is not the classiest one though

Matti
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

skydog wrote:
Your guitar is only 10 numbers from mine! (Mine is 147)


Mines a good 10lbs mate. Is yours as heavy and is it the same top?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattim wrote:
Nice Tokai, the headstock shape is not the classiest one though

Matti


It is a great guitar Matti and has stopped me from splashing out on a LS160 for the time being. For some reason the UK headstock has never bothered me, which is just as well.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HNGD!
That is one stunning top you have there.
Congratulations!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

petercrisscuola wrote:
HNGD!
That is one stunning top you have there.
Congratulations!


Cheers Peter.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tonyp2302 wrote:
skydog wrote:
Your guitar is only 10 numbers from mine! (Mine is 147)


Mines a good 10lbs mate. Is yours as heavy and is it the same top?


Not at all, but mine's an SG!
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