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Is this Les Paul Junior copy a Japanese Tokai? (w/pictures)

 
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slidincharlie
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:08 pm    Post subject: Is this Les Paul Junior copy a Japanese Tokai? (w/pictures) Reply with quote

Hi all.
I am new here and I thought I might find the info I need on this forum.
I have been offered a used Love Rock Tokai guitar, a Les Paul Junior copy.
It looks great but it is sold online, so I can't check it.
No serial number.
The only 'Made in Japan' mark is stamped on the underside of the bridge.
I have read very good things about electric Tokais, but I guess that Japanese specimens are better than Korean or Chinese ones. Am I right?
From what I've read, a black back plastic cover and a two-screw truss rod cover are Japanese clues, while a headstock that doesn't match the open-book shape (like in my case) is a Chinese clue. So I'd have contrasting clues here...
I want to be sure that this Tokai would be a significant upgrade compared to my Chinese Epiphone Les Paul Jr.
Hope you guys can help me.
TIS,
Carlo











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luis
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Refin?
I feel this guitar very rare", are you sure it is a Tokai made one?
If a 80s it should have Tokai stamped on turners but it has to be one of the UK made...Maybe a refinished chinese UK one

I gues we need more pics of the guts to tell you more....
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luis wrote:
Refin?
I feel this guitar very rare", are you sure it is a Tokai made one?
If a 80s it should have Tokai stamped on turners but it has to be one of the UK made...Maybe a refinished chinese UK one

I gues we need more pics of the guts to tell you more....


Most of us with basic Photobucket can't see the images. It sucks!
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