- Jun 20, 2020
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Was it made in Japan I nearly bought one made in China that put me off and I know some MIK
I don't have a caliper on hand right now, so I can't tell you numerically, but the feeling of holding the neck is "thick and solid".
I own Gibson 1959 ES-335TD, and compared to this vintage, I didn't feel that the 2014 ES I got this time had a thin neck. The same goes for the ES100 built in 1981.One mans 'thick' could possibly be fairly subjective.
I sold every Tokai ES I ever owned; why? Because the necks were always consistently too thin.
The range includes but not limited to mid 2000s plain ES100, super flamed ES120, up to an insanely flamed and figured 2011 ES185VTN with a paltry neck thickness of .794" at fret 1.
I finely gave up on Tokai ES examples because of those tiny necks.
My Momose MES1 from 2013 however has a near perfect neck thickness; .886" at fret 1.
The listed average in BOTB for a '59 burst at fret 1 is .883"
Glad to hear you are happy with your newly acquired beauty and glad I didn't bid any higher. LOL
I own Gibson 1959 ES-335TD, and compared to this vintage, I didn't feel that the 2014 ES I got this time had a thin neck. The same goes for the ES100 built in 1981.
On the other hand, a decidedly thin neck is Greco's SA-1200. However, the appeal of the DRY-Z is too impressive, the thin neck is almost non-noticeable.
So, the Tokai ESs that I own are "not a thin neck", for both 1981 and 2014.
This morning, I tried to play loudly for the first time since I got it.well, now I wish I would have bid more. LOL
how do you like the pickups?
Beautiful flame!!I'm sorry to hear that Tokai no longer produces ES models. However, I bought a 2021 ES-188 last year, and I think it's a fantastic guitar. The top has a nice, subtle flame, and the finish is flawless. It also came with Seymour Duncan pickups. Neck profile is really nice too.View attachment 12018 View attachment 12019 View attachment 12020