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Re Tokai Love Rock LS75F?

 
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surfguy13
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Re Tokai Love Rock LS75F? Reply with quote

Hi Guys

Some help please. I have what I was told is a 2003 LS75F and yet I have checked pickup cavities and can find nothing that confirms the model. Am I missing something?

The serial number is: 0306552 This is a photo of the guitar:



This is a photo of one the pickups:



This is the control cavity:



Headstock:




Any information would be great, I have no idea what materials have been used other than the obvious 2-piece mahogany back and mahogany neck.

Weight is 9.2 lbs

Many thanks

Guy
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DaveWW
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I think it's a 2003 LS80F as I think in 2003 the plain top was LS75. It's essentially the same guitar as shown here in the 2000 catalogue as an LS70F. They change the model number based on the selling price so the equivalent guitar today would now be something like an LS98.

http://www.tokairegistry.com/images/catalogs/tokai20009.jpg
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surfguy13
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveWW wrote:
Hi, I think it's a 2003 LS80F as I think in 2003 the plain top was LS75. It's essentially the same guitar as shown here in the 2000 catalogue as an LS70F. They change the model number based on the selling price so the equivalent guitar today would now be something like an LS98.

http://www.tokairegistry.com/images/catalogs/tokai20009.jpg


Hey, that's really helpful thanks! The guy I bought the guitar from didn't know what model it was but thought it was the LS75F.

I'm a bit unsure about the pickups - they sound OK but not brilliant. Be interested if anyone has any recommendations for alternatives?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the 2003 UK catalog:
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that'll be correct then. I have scan of the 2004 Japanese catalogue and by then it's an LS80F.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, REALLY helpful!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful!

Colour is HDC, Heritage Dark Cherry.
If a Cherryburst is too red, and a Violin Finish is too light, then HDC is perfection.
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surfguy13
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diamond wrote:
Beautiful!

Colour is HDC, Heritage Dark Cherry.
If a Cherryburst is too red, and a Violin Finish is too light, then HDC is perfection.


Good to know what the colour is too! I have to say that the finish, even though I'm guessing it's poly, is just amazing and the burst is as good if not better than any Gibson I've seen.

I've now had a couple of days with it and put it through all my amps and it's just a GREAT guitar. I expected the pickups to be poor but they are pretty damn good and now that I've set the guitar up with 11-49s it just sings.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone would suggest any mods? The guitar has had orange drop caps installed but is otherwise stock.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

surfguy13 wrote:


I'd be interested to hear if anyone would suggest any mods? The guitar has had orange drop caps installed but is otherwise stock.


Most folks here are fond of the Faber locking bridge/studs, and their aluminium tailpiece is a good buy too.
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surfguy13
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paladin2019 wrote:
surfguy13 wrote:


I'd be interested to hear if anyone would suggest any mods? The guitar has had orange drop caps installed but is otherwise stock.


Most folks here are fond of the Faber locking bridge/studs, and their aluminium tailpiece is a good buy too.


Yeah, a mate of mine swears by Faber stuff - it's made in Germany I think? I have the locking tonepros bridge and stop tail on my Jack Briggs and they are superb.

Thanks for the advice..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Replace the pickups with Bareknuckle pickups... I can recommend The Mule
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

frederikb wrote:
Replace the pickups with Bareknuckle pickups... I can recommend The Mule


I had a Tokai LP many years ago, again I think it was a LS75, which had BK Mules fitted. Really nice pickups but I eventually changed them for Seymour Duncan Antiquities and they definitely gave me the tone I was looking for. Slightly less hot than the Mules.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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