Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Best Tokai LP for under ?600

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index -> Tokai Guitars
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Crazy_Joe
Guitar God


Joined: 21 Aug 2006
Posts: 60
Location: England

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:20 am    Post subject: Best Tokai LP for under ?600 Reply with quote

After trying various other guitars and finding out they are no match for my Tokai MIJ Explorer, i have decided to go back to Tokai for my next guitar. Now, i'm looking at Les Pauls but don't have the money to buy top of the range ones like the LS1000. I have seen LS70's and LS80's etc for around ?500-?550. I don't know what the difference is between them all so could you enlighten me please!
Guitar will be used more as a metal les paul than a blues les paul if that makes any difference?!
_________________
Tokai EX-85 Explorer
Ibanez RG505
Laney VC50
Dunlop + Marshall + Boss FX
Bare Knuckle Pickups
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger
Outsider
Guitar God


Joined: 22 Mar 2007
Posts: 205
Location: Helsinki Finland

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Best Tokai LP for under ?600 Reply with quote

I'm new to the Tokaiforum, but I've figured that the LS-75 is the cheapest MIJ Love Rock-model with a three-piece solid color maple top, the LS-80 is with a two-piece maple top and comes also with transparent colors and the LS-85 F is with a flamed sycamore veneer over a two-piece maple top. The LS-75 and LS-80 are '58 models and LS-85 is the '59 model, so there can be some difference with the neck shape and the fret wire. I think the '59 has bigger wire. Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong.

I guess all Tokai Love Rocks have quite a vintage feel to them, so if you want a really heavy sound, you may need to change the pickups.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
humongous
Guitar God


Joined: 30 Dec 2006
Posts: 62
Location: UK

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always think that the pickups and your setup plays more important in the making of a good metal sound. Not saying les paul not a good choice for metals, but to me you don't need anything fancy with vintage specs etc. Just a GOOD les paul needed, so any Japanese Tokai would do
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Crazy_Joe
Guitar God


Joined: 21 Aug 2006
Posts: 60
Location: England

PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I changed the bridge pickup in my Tokai Explorer to a Bare Knuckle Ceramic Warpig! So yeah i was planning on changing the pickups.

I don't mean death metal distortion, i meant more classic heavy metal ala Zakk Wylde.
_________________
Tokai EX-85 Explorer
Ibanez RG505
Laney VC50
Dunlop + Marshall + Boss FX
Bare Knuckle Pickups
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger
hawkeye2u
Guitar God


Joined: 16 Sep 2006
Posts: 284
Location: Wollongong, Australia

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a limited budget
You just cant go wrong with a LS-70-85F
2 piece mahogany back, solid maple top, with a stunning sycamore top veneer
Don't worry about sond differences from a veneered top as the top veneer is only 1-2 mm thick!!!!

I just came back fromn a gig tonight, played most of it on the LS-70F, stunning guitar , covers almost all I want, I also use a Lp Jr & a Fender Strat
But I must say that the Tokai is my main guitar, and it still astounds me how versatile it is. BUT IT IS HEAVY at 4.6 kg so I got myself a handmade strap from a Lady in Coffs Habour here in Oz, 3 " wide with sheepskin padding
Made the gig easy instead of backpain!!!

Here is afew pics of the LS-70F



Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Crazy_Joe
Guitar God


Joined: 21 Aug 2006
Posts: 60
Location: England

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks cool! How much was it?
_________________
Tokai EX-85 Explorer
Ibanez RG505
Laney VC50
Dunlop + Marshall + Boss FX
Bare Knuckle Pickups
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger
bruceboomstick
Guitar God


Joined: 21 Dec 2005
Posts: 391

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the uk you can pick up a 70F (which is now the 80F? - depending on japanese inflation.....) for between ?500-?600. I've seen some used ones for a little as ?300 (try the ads at the back of a guitar mag). The ones I've watched on Ebay tend to get very close to new prices.

The way I look at the (formerly) LS60,LS70F and LS80Q are that they are basically the same guitar with the latter two having the addition of a damn fine vaneer.

I've found the pickups on my 70F to be more rocky than bluesy - very high output, but still PAF voiced. When I stick it through my ME50 on the metal distortion setting it does a very convincing early metallica sound - it actually out metals my RG in some areas.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
hawkeye2u
Guitar God


Joined: 16 Sep 2006
Posts: 284
Location: Wollongong, Australia

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought it fr Japan at US$599 plus shipping US$100, gigbag incl
I ordered it late wedn night, I had it at my door Tuesday morning!!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ozeshin
Guitar God


Joined: 13 May 2006
Posts: 2076

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hawkeye...got that lady's contact details?
Or did you buy it at the Coff's markets?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
hawkeye2u
Guitar God


Joined: 16 Sep 2006
Posts: 284
Location: Wollongong, Australia

PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah dude I've got it

leather1951@hotmail.com

I met her at Coffs Harbour market, when we where up there for a holliday in last november

Her name is Georgie Miller, I ordered my strap just before xmas, got it on fri this week so don't be in a hurry ,it's def worth it.
As I said , played a whole 4 hr gig last night, about 3 hrs worth of Tokai LS-70F at 4.6kg, still heavy but no back pain at 54 years of age, outstanding

Her artwork & craftsmanship is unreal see pics!!
The name on the strap is in memory of my late mother, who sadly passed away in oct last year, I thought it would be appropriate to name the guitar after her!!

I payed around AUS$110-120 plus postage

Please advise her of the lenght required!! mine was just long enough, low slingshot, hipster shooters must advise her ,as it will be to short

She is a good communicator as well

Well here is the pics





















Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Jimbob78
I only know 3 chords


Joined: 24 Nov 2007
Posts: 17
Location: Essex... rather unfortunately

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're all pretty damn nice guitars. May also be worth looking at a love rock II, as it's got 24 frets, and slightly better access, 1 piece maple top and 1 piece back and coil tap for the same price. Also has a much faster neck.
I'm not promoting it, as I actually prefer the traditional Les Paul shape and sound, but it sounds like it might work a bit better for your needs. Whatever you choose, you won't be disappointed.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
twinfan
Guitar God


Joined: 31 May 2007
Posts: 218

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best Tokai LP for ?500? That'l be a UK-only relic

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index -> Tokai Guitars All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group