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Well...I've had my lefty Tokai ES 120 for over a year and...
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GPCarpenter
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Well...I've had my lefty Tokai ES 120 for over a year and... Reply with quote

...the honeymoon is still going strong...it's just an amazing guitar...after owning both Gibby 335s and a Heritage 535 and being disappointed in both, this guitar is everyhing I ever expected in a 335 and more. The only mods I've done is add a Gibson Historice truss rod cover and black pickup ring screws...plus I aged the hardware. I can't recommend those guitars highly enough!

I think I might have gotten a one-off ES 120, I've been told by a couple people that they didn't think the ES 120 was available in a plain top, that only the 110s and lower models were...but it's definately a 120...says so on the sticker inside the f-hole.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He says the same thing about his ES120.....it's the best 335 he's owned (his two vintage ones don't see any playing time anymore because of blondie)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
He says the same thing about his ES120.....it's the best 335 he's owned (his two vintage ones don't see any playing time anymore because of blondie)



I listened to some of his clips on youtube...good stuff...do you know him?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's a higher model number because it's a lefty? For example, in the 1985 catalogue, a custom colour Goldstar ST50 was a 55 - in other words it cost more because of the custom colour. A lefty Goldstar was an ST55, even in standard colours - so they charged a bit extra because it was a lefty. Maybe it was the same with the ES models?

I'm still very impressed with my ES130, very nice guitar.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPCarpenter wrote:


I listened to some of his clips on youtube...good stuff...do you know him?


One of my best friends and guitar mentor. His real name is Brian Calway. Here's a little blurb from one of his sponsors - Category 5 Amps:

http://www.category5amps.com/artist_brown.html
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did some work on mine last night, as it'd developed a ground problem. Finished about 7:30, and finished playing about... 1am. The Gibbos in the cupboard don't often get let out...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I love my ES130. It is still at the repairer's currently though (having upgrades done to pickups, bridge & tailpiece).

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job on the pickup rings and the ageing - looks good!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Well...I've had my lefty Tokai ES 120 for over a year an Reply with quote

GPCarpenter wrote:


I think I might have gotten a one-off ES 120, I've been told by a couple people that they didn't think the ES 120 was available in a plain top, that only the 110s and lower models were...but it's definately a 120...says so on the sticker inside the f-hole.





Is this a MIK or MIJ ?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Blaze, it is MIJ.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We re talking about what price range for this ES 120 MIJ beauty ,let say in USD..
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaze wrote:
We re talking about what price range for this ES 120 MIJ beauty ,let say in USD..


eBay is a good starting point to get an idea of what is out there and what it's going for:



ES175

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tokai-Japan-Premium-ES-335-VNT-Flame-Nitro-H-C_W0QQitemZ230274220888QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item230274220888&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14

ES130

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tokai-ES-130-SB-50s-style-lacquer-Finish-w-HC-Nmint_W0QQitemZ300291855988QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item300291855988&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

ES135:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tokai-ES-135-SB-Made-in-Japan-New_W0QQitemZ200307427678QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item200307427678&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

ES145:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tokai-ES-145-SB-lacquer-Finish-w-HC-Like-New_W0QQitemZ300291856514QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item300291856514&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-Tokai-ES-145-OHSC-NEAR-MINT-COND_W0QQitemZ160314523222QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item160314523222&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That natural plain top is very cool - pure understated beauty.

I expect my honeymoon to begin in a couple of days, when the DHL man gets here... Got this sweet ES 135 from Gottfried:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaze wrote:
We re talking about what price range for this ES 120 MIJ beauty ,let say in USD..


Mine was $1,250...that includes shipping from Japan to the Atlanta area and a hardshell case.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:17 pm    Post subject: lefty es120 Reply with quote

Hi all And my 2002 Tokai is called an es 100 and has a ton of flame


so there are the odd variables- the guitar has a nice vertical grain and also nice horizontal flame. It just can't be seen very well in this pic.
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