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1981 Tokai LS120 VVF Love Rock
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Sigmania
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: 1981 Tokai LS120 VVF Love Rock Reply with quote

I just got an LS120 that is amazing.

The only issue it has is that there is some separation along the center seam of the top.

I had thought it might be a solid top since the separation was in the center, but no such luck.

I am guessing it must have been in a moist environment or something.

I am waiting to hear back from a local luthier to see if he thinks he can close up the separation. Looks like it's about 1/64" at most, and only goes down into the cap about 1/4" if that.

Anyway, I love this guitar! It sounds absolutely incredible and the action is so low and fast I feel like it's playing itself. Truly magical IMHO.

Just thought I would share.

Oh, and it came with some cool case candy.









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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont you can repair it, best to leave it, its a cosmetic issue not a playability one..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See you still have the guarentee card, you could send it back

Agree with Villager, unless your luthier is confident, don't mess with it
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:
See you still have the guarentee card, you could send it back

Agree with Villager, unless your luthier is confident, don't mess with it


HAHA funny!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! fantastic! you lucky--------------------------------person.
my favourite colour, would that be dimarzio's in there as well?
must look, and sound fantastic.
where did you manage to find it?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice case candy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! Yep DiMarzios and it sounds AMAZING!!!!

Bought in Japan.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous top on that one!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. This is the Les Paul I was always after.

I will wait and see how the weather in the southeastern US affects the seam separation. It can get fairly humid here in summer. If it closes up more I will have it glued, and then fill whatever is left and try to color match, then cover with nitro cellulose.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy for you, thats gorgeous man.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again. I am really happy in spite of the seam separation.

Does anyone know what kind of fretboards these had? Looks like a dark rosewood. I assume Indian rosewood.

Thanks

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow!!! nice one

and compliments on the photography....good placement and stunning light.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep indian rosewood
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Just heard back from my favorite luthier. My plan is to let it acclimate here in the humid southeast for a few more weeks, then if it's still open have him re-humidify it to Gibson specs and see if it closes, then glue it with thin glue that seeps into small openings. He also suggested testing using a little bleach in a hidden spot under the pup ring to see if he can remove some of the dirt that has built up around the separation.

Will take it slow since I love this guitar so much.

Thanks all.
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