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Pre -assembled/Finished Tokai Les Paul

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 10:05 pm    Post subject: Pre -assembled/Finished Tokai Les Paul Reply with quote

Thought some folks may appreciate this, excuse the crappy cell pics.








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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gives us some detail about it.

I presume the maple top would get sanded down to a smooth finish right? Or would they just apply lacquer at this point?
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it would need a full sanding and prepping before lacquering etc.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's with all the strange marks in the control cavity, and the green looking marks on the maple top?

Is there a piece glued onto the back - kind of looks like there's a 1cm board glued onto the back, or is just the exposed grain causing an illusion?

Are you building this, or Tokai?
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dark spots?
Not sure, almost looks like stain or glue spots.
No glued piece on the back, that is a lip left from the router bit when rounding over the edge.
I bought this as you see it, the seller said it was bought in 1980 directly from Tokai via some sort of build your own/seconds sale they had.
I also have another one of these pre-assembled but unfinished as well however that one has had most of the sanding done on it already.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Udonitron wrote:
The dark spots?
Not sure, almost looks like stain or glue spots.
No glued piece on the back, that is a lip left from the router bit when rounding over the edge.
I bought this as you see it, the seller said it was bought in 1980 directly from Tokai via some sort of build your own/seconds sale they had.
I also have another one of these pre-assembled but unfinished as well however that one has had most of the sanding done on it already.

That is very cool - a 35 year old unassembled guitar.
The wood should be pretty seasoned and stable by now!
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is for sure.
Love how they serialized the neck tenons too but this would be eventually cut off once fitted.
Wonder if they were matched or similar to how the Tele's and Strats were?
I suspect they were random and used for dates and production batches but cool nonetheless.



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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Udonitron wrote:
That is for sure.
Love how they serialized the neck tenons too but this would be eventually cut off once fitted.
Wonder if they were matched or similar to how the Tele's and Strats were?
I suspect they were random and used for dates and production batches but cool nonetheless.

I have no clue about the mystery numbering on the tenon.

Just realised, that will be quite a tough job to remove the extra wood on the tenon. It's too wide for the route isn't it?
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