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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:36 pm    Post subject: LS195/150/150-UK figured top. Reply with quote

http://www.real-standard.com/stock/tokai/ls195cs/ls195cs-0817373.html

this model might be important so i do an individual post here.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this model called LS195 is very cool and kinda popular among
some japanese good tokai dealers lately. its a semi-order gtr
so not the regular catalog models. tokai seems to be thinking
to sell this model as the regular i heard but so far they havent.
LS195 is just like that old LS150 figuredtop from several years
ago. its basically LS135/150 today but with 2A figured maple top.
its the high end japanese class model in between LS135/150
and LS230/250. LS135/150 is plaintop as we know and LS230/250
is flametop that is about 3A. LS320/380/370/480 all had 4A flame
top which tokai can offer as their best flames. never more than
4A usually even by the custom orders.

i often think this LS195 is the best buy like that old LS150 figured
was. i think big willie in korea still has one. ask him for the pics!




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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOKAI JOE wrote:
this model called LS195 is very cool and kinda popular among
some japanese good tokai dealers lately. its a semi-order gtr
so not the regular catalog models. tokai seems to be thinking
to sell this model as the regular i heard but so far they havent.
LS195 is just like that old LS150 figuredtop from several years
ago. its basically LS135/150 today but with 2A figured maple top.
its the high end japanese class model in between LS135/150
and LS230/250. LS135/150 is plaintop as we know and LS230/250
is flametop that is about 3A. LS320/380/370/480 all had 4A flame
top which tokai can offer as their best flames. never more than
4A usually even by the custom orders.

i often think this LS195 is the best buy like that old LS150 figured
was. i think big willie in korea still has one. ask him for the pics!




tokai joe.


Hey Joe, sorry I haven't put any more pics up yet. Busy as hell here this time of year. But you can see some of the original pics if you search for "my new baby". I'll try to get it outside and take some new pics in the sun to bring out the flames.

Jason
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'05 Tokai Love Rock LS-150 matte violin finish

this is from jason's signature and his one is one of them.
dont know exactly from when to when tokai made them
maybe only in 2005? or 2004/2005? the LS150 figuredtop.
this model is originally engineered by mr.furuhashi who
also engineered the LS320 series. no idea about how many
of this model were made but there are basically 2 versions
made i was told by him. one is the tokai regular and another
is his. tokai regular LS150s and his are basically the same
but his ones are a bit better actually. it had better figured
top and lacquer finish was thiner than regular tokais.
i think jason's one is one of his guitars. its lacquer finish is only
about 70/80% thickness than the 100% regular thickness. and its
not full gloss finish. its matte finish. this model was very popular
and the new LS195 figuredtop is just like LS150 figuredtop.





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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oRjVFF1r4U

@ mr.kunishi furuhashi. aka "924".
the father of tokai LS300/150 gtrs
and "neo-select" and "sword"
gtrs. the gtr shop NEO in nagoya,
japan.




he doesnt do english well so do not email him please.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my guitar (it's a 2005 LS-150). When I bought it, I was torn between a Tokai LS-135 (now 150) and an Edwards Jimmy Page super circuit. I was just about to order the 135, but then I saw a post here about the LS-150. I did a quick Yahoo Japan search and found this one at Kisada. The guy a dealt with was awesome and the guitar ended up being less than a new 135, and in mint condition except for some VERY slight marks in the laquer on the edge and some light clouding on the tailpiece. I dig that anyways as it gives it a vintage look.

I do/did have an issue with it though. When I took it in for a setup, I learned that the truss rod is fully loosened but the neck is straight fortunately. Since then, I put heavier strings on it in hope the extra tension would either prevent any back-bowing or even ease it forward a little. It seems to have worked a little as there is slightly more relief than there was before. I haven't tried Villager's recommended fix as I'm scared I might break the neck.

Anyways, long story short, the guitar is great and I'd like to get another if I could find one. I'd love to have one in tobacco burst!

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=7573&highlight=baby

hey jason. i think yours is absolutely one of his gtrs.
(furuhashi special)
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Willie Style wrote:
I haven't tried Villager's recommended fix as I'm scared I might break the neck.
Jason


What was Villagers fix?
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:
What was Villagers fix?


Buy a replacement guitar from him?



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 2005 ls150 VF flame top I bought two months ago here in this forum. It is a Uk version from coda music I think. Are they the same guitars as the ones sold in Japan ? I know the head is slightly different.
The top is not a 3A or even a 2A, I think it is between a plain top and flame top.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:
Big Willie Style wrote:
I haven't tried Villager's recommended fix as I'm scared I might break the neck.
Jason


What was Villagers fix?


He said he fixed a guitar he had with the same problem by loosening the rod fully, then putting something under the strings at the 12th fret I believe (round like a section of broom handle I think), then slowly and evenly tuning up (heavy strings) and then leaving to sit for a while.

It was something like that anyways. I'm just scared I'd break it!

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knys wrote:
I have a 2005 ls150 VF flame top I bought two months ago here in this forum. It is a Uk version from coda music I think. Are they the same guitars as the ones sold in Japan ? I know the head is slightly different.
The top is not a 3A or even a 2A, I think it is between a plain top and flame top.


http://www.tokai-guitars.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=39&category_id=16&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=31

this isnt it? the uk only version of the LS150........
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOKAI JOE wrote:
Knys wrote:
I have a 2005 ls150 VF flame top I bought two months ago here in this forum. It is a Uk version from coda music I think. Are they the same guitars as the ones sold in Japan ? I know the head is slightly different.
The top is not a 3A or even a 2A, I think it is between a plain top and flame top.


http://www.tokai-guitars.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=39&category_id=16&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=31

this isnt it? the uk only version of the LS150........


You still can find the UK LS150 version in some shops, it seems that LS150 only became LS250 in those models with regular headstocks.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW way, this shop;

http://www.tokai-guitars.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=39&category_id=16&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=31


states that;

Quote:
Colours: All standard available and custom orders available


I don't catch this. Is it possible to custom order from Tokai?
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ganzua wrote:
TOKAI JOE wrote:
Knys wrote:
I have a 2005 ls150 VF flame top I bought two months ago here in this forum. It is a Uk version from coda music I think. Are they the same guitars as the ones sold in Japan ? I know the head is slightly different.
The top is not a 3A or even a 2A, I think it is between a plain top and flame top.


http://www.tokai-guitars.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=39&category_id=16&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=31

this isnt it? the uk only version of the LS150........


You still can find the UK LS150 version in some shops, it seems that LS150 only became LS250 in those models with regular headstocks.




no, LS250 was LS230 before and there are always about
these 4 models in the japanese high end class since around
the highest LS320/380/370/470 series came out.



LS135/150.........plaintop

LS150/195.........figuredtop. 2A.

LS230/250.........flamedtop. 3A/4A.

LS320/380/370/470...........premire flametop. 4A.





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