Reputable Tokai Dealers?

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Reputable Tokai Dealers?

Post by Jamin'D » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:33 am

Any trusted dealers selling Tokai guitars?
I understand most are in Japan but I had a bad experience buying an Edwards LP described as new off a Japanese seller on ebay. It showed up with twist in the neck and was unrepairable after being inspected by local tech. The seller did however accept the return and covered shipping but it was a headache.

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Re: Reputable Tokai Dealers?

Post by felixcatus » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:12 am

Jamin'D wrote:Any trusted dealers selling Tokai guitars?
Where are you located?

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Post by Jamin'D » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:24 pm

Toronto, Canada

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Post by felixcatus » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:21 pm

Then I think @brokentoes would be the man to consult, maybe send him a PM if he doesn't reply here?

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Post by J.E.M. » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:45 pm

Short answer is no, there are no authorized dealers who could order from Tokai Japan.

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Post by Jamin'D » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:51 pm

Thanks.
Ok so better off to try online then.
Any Japanese sellers that members had luck with?

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Post by brokentoes » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:09 pm

There are no actual dealers of Tokai's in Canada, they can be found here though, the amount of fake ones unfortunately far outweigh the actual real ones. Good deals can be had sometimes though when a real one pops up. The sellers of Japanese guitars on forums i've found to be the best places to get one when not found locally.

There's a real one on ebay outta sask. right now. No affiliation.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tokai-LS173-VF ... SwiBJaLKoi

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Post by brokentoes » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:19 pm

That one went for a little over $700 U.S. shipped in Canada. Not a bad deal.

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Post by felixcatus » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:10 am

brokentoes wrote:That one went for a little over $700 U.S. shipped in Canada. Not a bad deal.
Not bad at all, I think.

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Post by brokentoes » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:18 am

To give a perspective, if i bought that one i't would cost me $920 CDN shipped to my door.

A used Gibson standard (lower spec than that Tokai) would run $2000. I don't even wanna know what a equal spec Gibson equivalent would run.

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Post by Jamin'D » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:54 am

Somebody scored a great deal. I would have bid myself but bad timing. So even with shipping that Tokai LS 173 came in at under a grand.

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Post by brokentoes » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:51 am

They do pop up in Canada from time to time. You just have to be ready and have a little luck on your side. Happy hunting.

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Post by iainblack » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:46 am

Have you considered buying directly from Tokai in Japan?
Please check out my Tokai Strat Book: http://www.blurb.co.uk/my/book/detail/2060524 Image

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Post by Jamin'D » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:36 pm

Sorry for the late reply.
I didn't know you could deal with Tokai directly.
So will they ship internationally? I'm near Toronto, Canada.

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Post by Jamin'D » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:47 pm

CITES? Shipping rosewood...that's a whole other thing.
Had no trouble so far getting an LS 50 and LS 95 from overseas.

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