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vintage. Tokai Les Pauls

 
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ezra1
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:29 am    Post subject: vintage. Tokai Les Pauls Reply with quote

In the early years.... what year did Tokai quit putting the model number on the last fret? ...and how would you identify which LS model it was ?
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ezra1
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got into the registry and was hoping that with a serial number I could look up any history on a guitar....not successfully.
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not as simple as looking up a serial number.... there are lots of curveballs. Some more reading for you:

http://www.tokaiguitar.de/1.php?pageid=13&tplid=2
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Cali Girl
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think 1980 was the last year for fretboard stamping.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don' think so . i think only the reborn and reborn old had the inscription on last fret.
i have one of the first LS80 Love Rock of 1980 and nothing on last fret.
just the serial number on the back head.
so may be the last Reborn were made in 1980?
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Cali Girl
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

megadrive wrote:
i don' think so . i think only the reborn and reborn old had the inscription on last fret?


I have a 1980 Les Paul Reborn with "80" stamped on the last fret.
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luis
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Model number was put on since the begining of the Les Paul Reborn series in 1978. My 79 LS-80 has it and I have seen 78s with the number engraved into the wood, including 100 models.

Regarding the name on headstock there were very few Les Paul, then Les Paul Reborn, then Reborn Old and finally in 1981 Love Rock untill today.

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Luis.
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jacco
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The transition from fretboard stamp to headstock sticker was during the Reborn Old era; from my serial number thread:
Last documented LS with fretboard stamp is 0009384 Reborn Old.
First stickered LS is 0009533 which is a Reborn Old.
So around july 1980.
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