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by Paladin2019
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: ID help
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: ID help

I have no idea of the value unfortunately.

If you search this forum you will find lots of info on the LS150. Try searching for posts made around the time yours was made.
by Paladin2019
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Source of brass M4 posts and steel bushings for Tokai LS
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

Re: Source of brass M4 posts and steel bushings for Tokai LS

It's worth bearing in mind that those old brass bridge posts are much softer than steel and over time had a tendency to bend under string tension.

IMO for technical and practical reasons stainless steel is a much better choice.
by Paladin2019
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: ID help
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: ID help

Well, the good news is it's definitely a premium model. One piece back, lightweight tailpiece, long tenon, solid top, factory-fitted CTS pots & Orange Drop caps. The top line model in that year was the LS380 but that had Rolph pickups and a higher grade top. The LS150 was very popular around that ti...
by Paladin2019
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: ID help
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: ID help

You are feeling very ambitious if you think this is an LS320! It's much more likely that this is a lower end model with replacement pickups but there are a few things you can check. Neck joint - did you take a picture when you looked? A 320 would have a long tenon joint. Electronics cavity - what is...
by Paladin2019
Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Which Model
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Which Model

The backs can be deceptive. Try looking around the sides for a join, rather than at the back itself. A picture of the electronics cavity would also help but the best way to be sure is to look under the pickups. You'll need to check for handwritten markings, the type of neck joint, and whether the ma...
by Paladin2019
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Which Model
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Which Model

Quickest and easiest way is to provide pictures.

Upload them to imgur and post the links here. Serial numbers tell nothing but the year (2012).
by Paladin2019
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai LC-80
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Tokai LC-80

The mid range of the Japanese Tokais are all very similar spec. The differences tend to be cosmetic - solid vs burst finish, plain top vs flame top, etc. In the case of the Customs you obviously have gold hardware, block inlays and all the usual Custom trimmings. Are you after any specific specs? Th...
by Paladin2019
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Is this a fakai?
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Is this a fakai?

The spec and price do indeed say premium. It's probably real ebony on the fretboard as well in that case. Only discrepancy is the tuners but with limited runs the spec can change. It's a pity the pictures are so bad and there's no shots of the electronics or the area under the pickups. Maybe you cou...
by Paladin2019
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Is this a fakai?
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Is this a fakai?

I can't see that model in any catalogues but to me it looks like a legit MIJ. Bridge is right, tailpiece placement is right, fleur-de-lis inlay is right, truss rod cover is right, headstock text is right, back plates are right. The headstock shape and Tokai logo seem slightly off but that could easi...
by Paladin2019
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: What did I just buy? Tokai LS-320 2002?
Replies: 6
Views: 839

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

The switch tip is non original, it should be orange. Easy enough to find a replacement. I've got a 200 from the same era which has one of the fattest necks I've seen on a Tokai so you might be in luck!
by Paladin2019
Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: identify model by serial number
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: identify model by serial number

The serial number can't tell you the model, but it does tell you that it's made in China in the year 2019.
by Paladin2019
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai from Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Tokai from Germany

Could it be a trick of the light? As standard most of the Love Rock range seem to have frets which are quite wide with a low to medium height. Those photos might show a similar shape if you squint. Have you emailed them to ask? I know exactly how you feel and my old faithful is in the shop right now...
by Paladin2019
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: CH0808**** serial numbers
Replies: 4
Views: 522

Re: CH0808**** serial numbers

What information do you have that CH means China? You found one example on the forum from four years ago where doubt was cast on this, and the person who did so didn't know enough to be able to tell if it was Japanese or not. CH or CN at the start of the serial number means made in China. Here is a...
by Paladin2019
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: CH0808**** serial numbers
Replies: 4
Views: 522

Re: CH0808**** serial numbers

The previous owner was mistaken. From your story it sounds like a simple error, not a deception.

CH = China (no exceptions that I'm aware of)

Number starts 08 = Manufactured in 2008, well into the Chinese era.
by Paladin2019
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Tokai-UK lately?
Replies: 15
Views: 1167

Re: Tokai-UK lately?

At one point about 15 years ago they were very popular and it was easy to find the Japanese models in many UK stores. After a few years they went out of fashion and for a long time you only ever saw the Chinese models. I hope they're coming back.