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by Harima_San
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai Factory in Hamamatsu, Japan
Replies: 24
Views: 979

Re: Tokai Factory in Hamamatsu, Japan

Just to say, guitars made around 2000-2010 are excellent batches. And you can enjoy them without having to pay a premium for "VINTAAAAAAGE" ! So, maybe they had some hardship in the past, but they stood up again. The only difference is that the early 80's models completely gained from the cheap labo...
by Harima_San
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Share your stories with Modding Tokai Guitars
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Share your stories with Modding Tokai Guitars

Yes, but my mod was very limited. I bought a premium LS195s that is already a custom shop instrument. But something lacked with the PU sound. I changed for amber pickups paf replicas. The result was so impressive, that the shop that installed the micros, called me at 10pm and ask if they could mod i...
by Harima_San
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:36 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: MAHOGANY
Replies: 35
Views: 1568

Re: MAHOGANY

My bias has been that African mahogany is not as dense, or as good a tone wood. That it is lighter colored and more open grain. I may be wrong.... Yes you may. 8) :P 8) There is, in general, a difference when the guitar is fresh out of the box. The African mahogany needs time and playing, and will ...
by Harima_San
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai LC230 S - Planning to buy - Some Questions?
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: Tokai LC230 S - Planning to buy - Some Questions?

Pots are cheaper The wiring is cheaper The caps are cheaper The wood is cheaper, maybe freshier too The assembly isn't overlooked by a master luthier of the brand, it's more of an industrial product Also craftsmen with starting experience can do a vintage series, premiums are reserved for the best m...
by Harima_San
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai-UK lately?
Replies: 26
Views: 3762

Re: Tokai-UK lately?

This is, indeed, a complicating factor and you have my heartfell compassion for that.
So I hope, we will be able to concede that this problem isn't simple, and the point of view about it vary greatly depending of where you are located in the world.
by Harima_San
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai-UK lately?
Replies: 26
Views: 3762

Re: Tokai-UK lately?

FGN is a big unknown for me. I have read a lot about them and had several peoples asking me to post reviews of them, but I never had the pleasure to meet one. We don't know the guitar you used pollo. So we can't really add anything, it may be. but favour it enought to pay an extra £250? I don't thin...
by Harima_San
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: What did I just buy? Tokai LS-320 2002?
Replies: 15
Views: 2848

Re: What did I just buy? Tokai LS-320 2002?

Nice. Sounds like good specs. I was curious about how they sound? I have had guitars built with amazing materials, beautiful to look at, that still came up short. Then were subsequently sold. :D Just was curious. I have tried a LS360 (360 followed the 320 a few years later) in Ochanomizu. But even ...
by Harima_San
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Amps
Topic: Amp Problem Frustrations
Replies: 4
Views: 3846

Re: Amp Problem Frustrations

It's a commonly done mistake.

Guitar amps are analogic machines, needing a competent maker. We are living in the digital era. So good amps are rather niche products. Cheap and industrial is now the trend.

Find the sound you like the most, and find a good cloner. He will make you an amp for a good price, it will looks steep in regard to the chinese ^&*(, but it's actually the difference between taking cheap shortcuts and making things right.

Also, don't forget that some builders did mix the top popular sounds in their amps. Example would be Carol Ann, that made a first channel that was fender twin type with a marshall channel two, full analogic and simple, but they are others.

Don't forget you can ask us if you have a doubt on what you are buying.
by Harima_San
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai LC230 S - Planning to buy - Some Questions?
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: Tokai LC230 S - Planning to buy - Some Questions?

Messer has actually killed it with a very profesionnal response that will be impossible to top. I can just bring my point of view and strenghten what he was saying. 1 - Which model of Gibson custom do you think the tokai is closest to? Tokai LC230s bb should be of the premium line. Meaning this is C...
by Harima_San
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai-UK lately?
Replies: 26
Views: 3762

Re: Tokai-UK lately?

8) marcus, you still get the usual in usa too lately? Sorry Joe, don't know what you mean. You get the usual, it's not got Gibson/Fender on the headstock, so it's discredited as rubbish or not going to have the resale value as the former! Then there are the slow growing number of people that use th...
by Harima_San
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Is this dealer reputable?
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Re: Is this dealer reputable?

Cool that I see your post.
I was asking myself the same question.
He seems to have a few rarities in stock.
by Harima_San
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: What did I just buy? Tokai LS-320 2002?
Replies: 15
Views: 2848

Re: What did I just buy? Tokai LS-320 2002?

The fretboard seems very jacarandesque, and this level of difference in the tone top excludes veneer. It's for sure a solid top.
You can also see the typical small details in the inserts, that are not inserted by a machine but putted in by hand.
It's very probably a legit one.
by Harima_San
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Announcement : Recent Black beauty Premium model spottet
Replies: 7
Views: 1786

Announcement : Recent Black beauty Premium model spottet

I just spotted today a BB version in the high quality range of Tokai.

She's called LC285 BB and is on the sell on Digimart.

https://www.digimart.net/cat01/shop60/DS05532804/

I know we have several fans of this kind of guitar on the forum. So feel free to be interested. ^^

Good luck to you.
by Harima_San
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: What Model Love rock?
Replies: 4
Views: 1680

Re: What Model Love rock?

I wait to see if the OP will say thank you, before I reply. Looks like he has other things to do since 16 days.
by Harima_San
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Getting a first Tokai
Replies: 3
Views: 1567

Re: Getting a first Tokai

In my eyes, it makes no sense to buy a Tokai that isn't : 1) made in Japan 2) of good quality It's like going for a Jaguar made by Tata, with Lada parts in a Check Republic factory.... makes no sense watsoever. Tokai Premiums are quite affordable on the used market. Count around 1'400 to 1'900 $ to ...