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Vintage Tokai Les Paul models with full maple cap?

 
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sandfish
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:00 am    Post subject: Vintage Tokai Les Paul models with full maple cap? Reply with quote

Hi there,

I'm shopping around for a Japanese Les Paul model, and am looking for anything Tokai from the mid 70's to early 90's, but as I'm looking for a model with the mahogany body and a full maple cap, I'm not clear what has what.

What model numbers and up should I be looking for?

Cheers,

Nick
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Mono
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LS-50 or 60: multipeice mahog body
2pc maple cap (plaintop) on 60
sometimes 3pc maple cap (plain) on 60
both poly

LS-80, LS-100 - 1pc mahog body, 2pc maple cap
mostly plain, some flame examples

LS-150, LS-200 - 1pc mahog body, 2pc flamed maple cap
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jacco
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catalog specs change around 1982.
If you want to be sure you don't buy a veneer top, buy a pre 1982 LS-50, 60, 80 or 100. All feature a full maho back & full maple top.
As Mono says there are differences between those models:
LS-50 2-3P back, 3P top, 14 degree headstock angle, poly finish
LS-60 2P back, 2P centre seam plain top, 14 degree headstock angle, poly finish
LS-80 1P back, 2P centre seam plain/slightly figured top, 17 degree headstock angle, nitro finish
LS-100 1P back, 2P centre seam plain/slightly figured top, 17 degree headstock angle, nitro finish, DiMarzio PAFs


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wulfman
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you need to edit that a bit Jacco for the 1-pc backs for LS-80 and LS-100s.
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jacco
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha indeed, did a quick copy & paste.
Thanks, edited now.
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sandfish
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just what I was after.. thanks guys.
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