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rabpal
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:53 am    Post subject: Has anyone any info on... Reply with quote

The Korean made ALS53?I've looked in all the usual places and can't find a thing on this model.Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't the 53 a ALC?

The custom looky likeys

I have a black one here in the shop, they are dead nice!! HERE

Spec, IIRC is:

Agathis body
Maple top
Maple set neck
PAF Mk4 pickups

The mian difference apart from looks to my mind on these over the standard LS 48/50 series is that the pickups are much "darker" sounding, slightly scooped-out-mid sounding, the sound of the others is quite a lot brighter so they are without doubt different guitars, its not just in the looks.
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rabpal
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jamie,thanks for the reply.I have an ALC53 in vintage white,it's defo an ALS53 i mean.
I'm just wondering if it may be the lefty version of the ALS48,but that would indicate a higher price,something Tokai doesn't do.
If i knew how to post a link i would.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rabpal wrote:
Hi Jamie,thanks for the reply.I have an ALC53 in vintage white,it's defo an ALS53 i mean.
I'm just wondering if it may be the lefty version of the ALS48,but that would indicate a higher price,something Tokai doesn't do.
If i knew how to post a link i would.


Hmmm.. I am not sure about the ALS53 then!

I have come across ALS48s and 50s of course, but not 53s!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am i allowed to post a link from a shop on here?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rabpal wrote:
.... it may be the lefty version of the ALS48


Lefty version of the ALS48 =ALS53L (Tokai catalog 2003/2004)
Lefty version of the ALS48 =ALS55L (Tokai catalog 2006)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,togps,but that now begs the question.
Do Tokai charge more for their lefties?
I take it the Korean model names are also linked to cost.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rabpal wrote:
... Do Tokai charge more for their lefties?

Yep
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok,that answers that one then.Oh well,at least they are not the only ones.
Great guitars tho
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:48 am    Post subject: ALS-53 Reply with quote

I just picked up a Tokai Les Paul Custom ALS-53. Cherry Sunburst.
I have found that they can be recognised by the different shape on the top of the headstock.
It also has gold hardware and black control knobs.
It's Made in China with a 6 digit serial number inked on the back of the headstock.
When I figure out how to post a photo - I will

Mine is like this one
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