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Peter Mac
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2002 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In terms of finish, there is no sound difference between gold, nickel or chrome plating of parts - it is purely cosmetic.
The difference is in the metal it is made from. Gibbo originals were aluminium, later changing to a steel alloy. Sound -wise the aluminium was "sweeter", more consistant mass than the steel.

Gibbo do sell genuine aluminium spares now but the Tokai always had aluminium units Part# L-630 (nickel) or L-631 (chrome).

good hunting
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2002 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the quality like on the nuts of the high-end tokais? I've got a hand-cut nut on my Epiphone at the moment, and it's the only nut I've ever been happy with - even some 2grand Gibbo's I've played have had dodgy nuts.
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nakamichi
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2002 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply to Paladin Reply with quote

Original Message:

I've been considering buying a Tokai Love Rock recently, and I've narrowed it down to the LS65 or the LS70. There are 3 things I'd like to clear up though:

1. My local guitar shop say that the 2 are almost identical, but the LS70 is better put together (is this true???) and has a flame top - are there any other differences between these 2, eg. neck profile, hardware?

2. I notice in the catalogue that the 65 has a solid top but the 70 is a laminate - does this mean that the 65 sounds better, despite being cheaper?

3. Finally, is the 65 a plaintop (never actually seen one) and does it come in the finish I believe is called "59-style dark cherry sunburst"?


ANSWER - Paladin, you're on the right track. The "put together better" advice from your local guitar shop is worth about ?40 to them if you take their advice.

The LS-65 is less attractive as the "grain" may not conform to your aesthetically sensitive eyes. Forget your eyes, veneer = damping.

Buy the LS-65 mij and resist the charms of the flame veneers!
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm now on track for a MIJ LS200, so it's non-veneer flame city for me!

Ebony fingerboard! Woohoo!
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nakamichi
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 3:07 pm    Post subject: WoooWooo Reply with quote

You're just rying to make us all jealous!

Nice one, let us know how you get on with it.
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nakamichi
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 3:07 pm    Post subject: WoooWooo Reply with quote

You're just trying to make us all jealous!

Nice one, let us know how you get on with it.
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry, I'll be sure to make you even more jealous when the time comes!

Meanwhile, thanks to everybody who replied to this thread.
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