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by somebodyelseuk
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Love Rock - pickup options, advice ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

I'd echo what Paladin says... ...I'd add to that, the SD pickups fitted to your guitar from memory are significantly overwound in comparison to the old PAF spec, so if you're looking for old school clarity, they're probably not the place to start. Since you've got the original pickups there anyway, ...
by somebodyelseuk
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Love my goldstar sound , but why so heavy? Sen ash?
Replies: 5
Views: 1664

I've got a '79 Fender Strat that's crazy heavy ash, and a 90s Vintage Reisssue that's feather light... It depends on where the ash is grown, that is the tree itself and not geographically. 'Swamp ash', as the name suggests grows on the edge of swampy land where there's a high moisture content in the...
by somebodyelseuk
Wed May 29, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: MIJ or not ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1965

https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Tokai-Goldstar-Sound-Midnight-Blue-3-p-up-with-tremolo-gig-bag-New/264335374376?hash=item3d8b9db828:g:VKcAAOSw6fBccnTc same C E stamp......same style serial.........CHINESE ............ They appear on EVERYTHING that is legitimately imported in to the EU. You won't see them ...
by somebodyelseuk
Mon May 27, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: MIJ or not ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1965

The 'CE' mark... maybe the location of the sticker is an indication, but a 'CE' mark just tells you that it's an official 'made for the EU' product... from everywhere in the world.
by somebodyelseuk
Sun May 26, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: MIJ or not ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1965

My gut feeling is 'not'. Reasoning being, that in my experience, the Japanese builds are anally accurate vintage reissues... and that isn't that accurate. Two giveaways. The neck pickup mounted to the scratchplate. Fender didn't start doing that until some time during the '80s/90s, by whixh time the...
by somebodyelseuk
Wed May 22, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Advice for someone purchasing a second hand Tokai LC132/E BB
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

(My) rule of thumb with Japanese Tokais is, multiply the price by three and that's what you'll pay for a compaible Gibson/Fender. I recently picked up a used LS150F. The store I bought it from had just bought in a collection that included two LS150Fs and a Gibson R8 from the same year. I was looking...
by somebodyelseuk
Fri May 10, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: 2015 LS150F Pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 2288

Thanks for the replies, chaps. First thing, I just bought a used guitar from a shop (store in American) who originally sold the guitar. 'The story'... I've been looking out for a LS150 since last October. This shop stocks Toakis, which I think they import direct from Japan - they never have 'non MIJ...
by somebodyelseuk
Wed May 08, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: 2015 LS150F Pickups
Replies: 9
Views: 2288

2015 LS150F Pickups

Hey peeps, Acquired a 2015 LS150F at the weekend in dark cherry sunburst. Very happy with the deal, the guitar and fairly sure I know it's entire history - the shop I bought ot from was the original seller of the guitar. Only thing I/we're not sure of is the pickup origins. 'The shop', says this gui...
by somebodyelseuk
Wed May 08, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WHAT Was Your FIRST MIJ Guitar???
Replies: 14
Views: 6078

Satellite Strat copy, new in April '83. Absolute pile of garbage, but I'd only been playing 3 months. 18 months later, I bought a brand new Yamaha SG1000S, which I still have, and is STILL "as good as any Gibson". It needs to be said..."Made In Japan" is a guarantee of quality today, but back in the...
by somebodyelseuk
Sun May 05, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Classic Japan Car
Replies: 47
Views: 35871

I haven't trawled through all four pages of this thread, but saw the heading and was compelled to share... Cars were my first love, even above guitars, but as I've become middle aged my eyes have gotten so bad that I'm not allowed to drive anymore. Anyway, thought you might like to see 'the love of ...
by somebodyelseuk
Sun May 05, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: HELP! Mystery Guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 1463

It's a B'itsocaster', not necessarily a bad guitar, just not 'valuable'. The give-away for me is the string tree. I've only ever seen that type on late '80 Fender/Squier guitars when they weren't producing in the US, because of the buyout. Obviously, the 'yintage '60s' style neck, '50s style scratch...
by somebodyelseuk
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Case for LS125 (2007 model)
Replies: 10
Views: 5124

Hiscox. Everything else is a false economy.
by somebodyelseuk
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Setup Guide for Love Rock?
Replies: 3
Views: 2025

Set it up as per Gibson... THEN adjust to taste. As far as pickups go, IF you find they're too muddy, lower them a couple of turns, raise the pole screws a couple of turns. Keep adjusting until you find the balance you like. Myths - Screwing the stopbar down improves... anything. It doesn't make a p...
by somebodyelseuk
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Tokai Guitars
Topic: Goldstar Strat 1984 tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 2317

Easy(ish) way to tell the difference between chrome and nickel plate, especially old plate. Look at it from an angle. Chrome has a blueish tint to it, nickel has a yellowish tint. In addition, whether it's nickel, chrome or gold, there IS nickel plate there, anyway - chrome and gold MUST be plated o...
by somebodyelseuk
Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:35 am
Forum: Vintage (Older than 1985)
Topic: Matching body/neck codes misinformation?
Replies: 92
Views: 37844

Hmmm . . . . So, your mate didn't own it new since '62 - is this correct? He owned it in the late-80's. The reason I ask is those 'D' necks could be reshaped and I know it was not uncommon for players to do this. SRV's No1 had the neck reshaped apparently as well as Jeff Becks 'Oxblood' Les Paul. I...