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ES-Custom - my first Tokai
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richmca
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:16 am    Post subject: ES-Custom - my first Tokai Reply with quote

Just got my long-awaited ES-Custom, unpacked it, plugged it in (it was still in tune, after traveling thousands of miles in an aircraft hold) and got stuck in. Hah! Pretty exciting guitar to play - open up the output stage on the amp and this thing starts bucking and writhing under my hands. After a couple of minutes I hit a note that starts the air pumping out of the f-holes like there's a fan inside it, and as I put my hand over it to feel the draft, the note's volume changes...so I'm sustaining a note and waving my hand over the hole to create a tremelo. Two minutes in and I'm playing the thing like it's a theremin!! I am going to enjoy owning this one

Fretboard needs a bit of warming up, like any new guitar, and I'm not sure about the neck pickup - seems a bit underwhelming, but the bridge is wonderfully uncouth. I'm sure I'll get around to finding some jazzy tones given time, but right now I feel like a hooligan!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's an ES "Custom"? Pictures?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would also like to see some pics, but is it really a good idea to send a guitar "thousands of miles in an aircraft hold" tuned up to concert pitch? I thought it was generally agreed that detuning the guitar put less strain on the neck?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I know is it's a short run - apparently - of top-spec ES with Honduras rosewood and mahogany, fatter neck profile (although it's not all that fat in my opinion), and the Love Rock headstock. The label inside reads ES-Custom. I'll post pics as soon as I can - in a couple of days.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought it was generally agreed that detuning the guitar put less strain on the neck?


Well I suppose it's not a great idea. But these were pretty light strings - 10s or maybe even 9s, and the guitar seems fine. I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

richmca wrote:
I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!


Are you building a bridge !
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donkey Oaty wrote:
richmca wrote:
I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!


Are you building a bridge !


10's on a 335 feel very light, I use 10-52's on a Les Paul, but the same gauge on a 335 feel like 8's.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:
Donkey Oaty wrote:
richmca wrote:
I'll get some 11-52 on it and it will be even finer!


Are you building a bridge !


10's on a 335 feel very light, I use 10-52's on a Les Paul, but the same gauge on a 335 feel like 8's.


Yeah, long scale guitars take heavier strings much more forgivingly than say a Strat.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
Yeah, long scale guitars take heavier strings much more forgivingly than say a Strat.


Que? A Strat scale is 25.5 inches. A Gibson (ES or LP) scale length is 24.75 inches.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
marcusnieman wrote:
Yeah, long scale guitars take heavier strings much more forgivingly than say a Strat.


Que? A Strat scale is 25.5 inches. A Gibson (ES or LP) scale length is 24.75 inches.



You know what I mean. Strings feel tighter on a strat than an ES or SG for instance.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to tear myself away from playing it long enough for a few snaps here. Not great photography.

Playing a semi at volume is a whole new game for me - lotsa fun!





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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, never seen one quite like that before.

Congrat's and enjoy!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! As far as I know from my supplier, there are only 6 of these, and since I've only seen two others for sale, that probably means the varnish is still drying on the other three.

BTW, I'd like to say thanks in general to the contributors on this forum. I've been lurking for a while, trying to learn enough about Tokais to make the right choice for my first one. It's a very informative forum, and since info about Tokais is not that easy to acquire elsewhere, it's been a valuable resource for me.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's a pup. Nice catch
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